A graduate of physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT), he received his PhD in plasma physics from Columbia University. He was co-inventor of the fusion torch concept in 1968. Bernard Eastlund has developed patents with significant commercial results. He founded two venture-backed companies. One of them backed by American Research and Development Corporation (ARD) sold in 1997 for $193 million. During the 1980s, he was Vice President for Energy Technology of BDM Corporation. Recently he received a congressional certificate for technical contributions to Homeland Security. He has 53 peer reviewed scientific papers and 23 patents. A full resume and discussion of his technical interests can be found at www.eastlundscience.com. Dr. Eastlund died on December 12, 2007.
Graduated from Princeton University with BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering. He is a registered professional engineer (nuclear). At Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government he did research and studies on the Interaction between Science and Public Policy. William Gough was one of the first managers of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s controlled fusion research program in the 1960s. He was co-inventor of the fusion torch concept in 1968. Later he was the manager of the fusion power program for the electric utility industry at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and then the U.S. DOE site manager for high-energy physics and synchrotron radiation at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). The integration of technical and humanity related topics is one of his fortes. He co-founded a non-profit organization for consciousness research. He has an excellent track record of identifying and implementing new technologies; for example, Gough initiated computer simulation of plasma processes in 1966 in a series of brainstorming sessions and workshops.
Dr. G. H. Miley is Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma Laboratory, and Radiological Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1961. He is also the Director of the Fusion Studies Laboratory at the University. He has over 45 years of experience in R&D on advanced energy sources and is internationally recognized for his innovative contributions to the field. Dr. Miley founded NPL Associates, Inc. over 10 years ago, and under his guidance it has successfully carried out a series of energy research projects for DOE, NASA and DARPA. He is ideally suited to undertake the fusion torch project, having worked for a number of years on a variety of fusion studies, including both magnetic and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF). Indeed, his contributions have been recognized with a major award for contributions to fusion science and technology. He is internationally recognized for his innovative work on advanced fuel ICF target physics, and for contributions to innovative plasma devices, including the first direct electron-beam-pumped laser, and first visible nuclear-pumped laser, a flowing plasma focus, and STAR mode inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) as a fusion neutron source for neutron activation. Under contract to the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), he prepared the environmental site study report for the multi-billion dollar National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he currently holds a Guest Scientist position. Professor Miley has also made important research contributions to the field of nuclear engineering, ranging from reactor kinetics to direct radiation energy conversion and fusion technology. As a result of his seminal book, “Fusion Energy Conversion” (1976), he is known as the “father” of advanced fuel fusion. Prof. Miley is the author of over 200-refereed technical papers and is the editor or co-editor of a dozen books and proceedings. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, Fellow of four professional societies (ANS, IEEE, AIAA and APS), and holds the prestigious Preparata and Edward Teller Medals for seminal contributions to fusion research and development.