Deep Isolation Team

Management Team


Core Team


Other Experts and Consultants

Jamie Rector, Senior Geoengineer

Founded and successfully sold three borehole geophysics companies to NYSE-listed companies. Also founded Berkeley GeoImaging, which developed and currently manages oil and gas assets in the Midcontinent, Rockies, and Gulf of Mexico. Rector been a Senior Consultant to BP, Chevron, and Unocal on borehole seismic technology and is the founder of the oil and gas PE fund (Berkeley GeoImaging). He has raised over $80 million to drill boreholes for oil and gas throughout the United States.

Joe H. Payer, Corrosion and Reliability Engineer

An internationally recognized expert in corrosion mitigation, materials performance and reliability, and performance assessment. Chief Scientist Emeritus for the National Corrosion Center. Payer played a key role in the analysis of materials performance for the long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain and provided technical input to the DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste. He is past president of NACE International, a Fellow of ASM International, and has received the ASTM Sam Tour Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Development and Evaluation of Corrosion Testing Methods.

Stefan Finsterle, Hydrogeologist

Founder of Finsterle GeoConsulting, he is the main developer of the key iTOUGH2 simulation-optimization framework and is the co-developer of the TOUGH suite of nonisothermal multiphase flow and transport codes used by the U.S. government and others to analyze underground flow. Stefan has worked with nuclear waste agencies and private industry in the United States, Europe (Nagra, Switzerland; SKB, Sweden; Posiva, Finland; RWM, UK), Asia (KORAD, Korea; CNNC, China), and the United Nations (IAEA).

John Apps, Geochemist

John has over 50 years of research experience in geochemistry and hydrometallurgy. After eight years of research into copper recovery from mine waste at Kennecott Copper Corporation’s mines in the western United States, he joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he developed a large program of research in geochemistry for the DOE-sponsored Basalt Waste Isolation Project at the Hanford Reservation. This lead to the creation of the Earth Sciences Division in 1977 where he was appointed a Department Head and Staff Senior Scientist. Thereafter, he conducted research programs supported by DOE, NRC, EPA, and EPRI, addressing environmental and mission-oriented issues relating to nuclear and hazardous waste disposal and containment, including the DOE-sponsored Yucca Mountain Project.

David Kemp, Director of Utility Outreach

Has established strong commercial relationships with nuclear utilities in 27 countries around the world and has successfully led complex commercial negotiations with utilities and governments for the supply of nuclear fuel that resulted in over $5 billion (USD) under contract in 17 countries’ markets. Kemp is also an International Atomic Energy Agency expert and has advised emerging nuclear countries on nuclear fuel procurement.

Jonathon Angell, Business Development

Silicon Valley business advisor with over 20 years’ experience, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has executed company strategies leading to increased market share, brand dominance, return on investment, and high valuations for equity holders. Angell has worked with companies such as Hitachi, Toyota, General Motors, Phillips, Merrill Lynch, and Ubisoft.

Steve Mosher, Director for Asia/Pacific

A scientist at Berkeley Earth, Moser has written and maintains several R-packages devoted to analyzing temperature and climate data with open source tools. He has recently transitioned to the consumer sector and specializes in bringing new technology to market.

Mike McBride, Legal Counsel

His practice is focused on litigation, arbitration, mediation, and negotiations involving transportation, energy, and environmental issues, as well as nuclear regulatory matters. McBride’s clients have included electric utilities, the American Petroleum Institute, and Edison Electric Institute.