We bring together preeminent experts and Nobel laureates with leadership experience in nuclear energy science, technology, and policy, alongside the top minds in geology, and environmental science. We add to that, business leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs for an exemplary advisory board.
Involved with nuclear reactor safety and radioactive-waste safety for many years, Budnitz was with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he worked on nuclear power safety and security and radioactive waste management. He also served as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Director of the Yucca Mountain Project.
Nobel Prize winner in Physics, 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, former Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Chu is currently Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell Physiology at Stanford University. Chu initiated ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy), created the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, published 260 papers in physics, biophysics, biology, biomedicine, and batteries, and holds 10 patents.
With expertise in communication architecture and software development, he has established himself as a leading player in both the geospatial and energy markets. Collier is also a Mentor at SkyDeck Berkeley, which was one of the first research university startup accelerators developed to foster entrepreneurial excellence.
A Colorado entrepreneur, Considine has been a real estate investor for more than 45 years, serving on four REITs as CEO. Through the Considine Companies, he has invested in real estate, television broadcasting, convenience stores, environmental services, and venture capital. Considine is a director of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Intrepid Potash (NYSE: IPI) in Denver, Colorado.
As a veteran of over 30 years of experience in the electrical utility industry, Dr. Esposito currently serves as an R&D Program Manager at Southern Company. He also serves on the research faculty and as a graduate student advisor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the President of the Alabama Geological Society, Vice Chair of the Energy Division of the Geological Society of America, and serves on the Executive Committee for the International Energy Agency – GHG program. Dr. Esposito’s current research focuses on a wide range of energy-related technology issues including bulk energy storage, geothermal power, deep well underground injection control and isolation, and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS). He has published extensively and lectured internationally on a wide range of energy-related issues.
Founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation. He holds a Wharton M.B.A. and Edinburgh Ph.D. in Political Science. A syndicated columnist, Feulner is the author of nine books and has received numerous awards for contributions to U.S. and world public policy, including the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Ronald Reagan.
Founding CTO/COO of Pandora Media (NYSE: P). CEO of Grabango, a company using computer vision and machine learning in consumer applications. Glaser focuses on the solutions sought by users in data-intensive industries and was recognized by Microtimes magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in high-technology.
A principal and co-founder of The Artemis Fund, a venture capital group that invests in early-stage companies led by women, Goldman is a Managing Director of Major, Lindsey & Africa and has expertise in both public and private sector governance. She is a board member and mentor to early-stage companies and angel networks, and is an advisory board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Her prior legal experience includes serving as General Counsel of Fisher HealthCare and in-house counsel for Waste Management.
Communications innovator (a winner of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award) who has made 176 prime-time television documentaries and won 8 Emmys. He has served as communications consultant to C-Suite executives at AT&T, Google, Amazon, Sony, Verizon, and Fidelity. Hoffman’s clients have included startups subsequently acquired by Liberty Media, Amazon, Unicom and Boeing. Hoffman is a 15-year TEDster and has twice spoken at the annual TED conference.
A veteran of the nuclear power industry, Lochbaum has worked as a reactor engineer, shift technical advisor, system engineer, licensing engineer, and consultant. Concerned about nuclear safety and the waste disposal crisis, he joined the Union of Concerned Scientists where he monitored safety issues at U.S. nuclear power plants. He also was an instructor at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Technical Training Center. Lochbaum has authored Nuclear Waste Disposal Crisis and co-authored Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster.
Independent researcher with in-depth expertise in the challenges presented by radioactive waste, Metlay was a member of the Senior Professional Staff of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. He also served in the Carter White House and with the Secretary of Energy on radioactive waste-management issues.
Nobel Prize winner in Physics who co-discovered cosmic microwave background radiation, which helped establish the Big Bang Theory of cosmology. Dr. Penzias headed Bell Lab’s research organization and served as the company’s Chief Scientist. He joined New Enterprise Associates in 1997 and continues to work there as a Venture Partner.
Nuclear Engineering Professor at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on problems in energy and environmental systems, including high-temperature reactors, high-level nuclear waste processing, and nuclear materials management. Peterson served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future that provided a national framework for the nuclear waste management strategy.
A professor at the School of Public Service at Boise State University, Schneider conducts research on the public communication of scientific and environmental topics, with a particular focus on energy industry rhetoric and technical discourse. Her expertise includes federal public engagement efforts; hydrofracturing and induced seismicity perceptions; nuclear power and waste; climate change and social movements; and transitions in American energy policy. She frequently serves as a stakeholder engagement specialist for government agencies.
An energy expert and has visited 65 countries and given more than 800 keynote and invited lectures. Tinker co-produced and is featured in the energy documentary film Switch and has just released a new film on global energy poverty called Switch On. He is the Director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor at The University of Texas at Austin.
President/CEO of InfrastructureWorld (IW), a global consulting company that advises clients on the structuring, financing, and development of complex infrastructure projects. Prior to launching IW two decades ago, she spent over a decade with global construction giant, Bechtel Corporation, and was the first woman named a Principal Vice President in Bechtel’s history. She has worked in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas, and on projects in energy, transport, water, and government facilities.
Independent consultant with over 30 years working in Indian Country, focusing primarily on regulatory and legislative matters related to spent nuclear fuel storage, transportation, and disposal. In addition, Ms. Westra has trained hundreds of tribal representatives in the areas of emergency management planning, emergency management operations, and hazard mitigation. Ms. Westra proudly served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 1984 to 1987.