Technical and Industrial
Ernest Moniz, Ph.D.
Former United States Secretary of Energy
Senior Counsel to Advisory Board
Dr. Ernest Moniz has a distinguished career in academia and public service. Dr. Moniz served as the 13th United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017. He is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves as Special Advisor to the President of MIT. He was a member of MIT faculty from 1973 to 2013, where he was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, the Head of the MIT Department of Physics, and Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center.
Dr. Moniz is a Fellow of the American Physics Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and inaugural Distinguished Fellow of the Emerson Collective. He is the Co-Chairman and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and also CEO of Energy Futures Initiative, Inc., a non-profit energy innovation policy institute. Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and nine honorary doctorates.Back to Top
John Luxat, Ph.D.
Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis, McMaster University
Dr. John Luxat is Senior NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis at the McMaster University Department of Engineering Physics in Hamilton, Ontario since 2004. A leading researcher in the field of nuclear science, he is a widely published expert in severe accident analysis and experimental testing and analytical modeling of nuclear thermal hydraulics. He has an established record of key technical contributions in the modeling and analysis of systems, components and physical processes in nuclear power plants.
Dr. Luxat has served on the board of directors of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and was the Manager of Nuclear Safety Technology for Ontario Power Generation. He has served as the president of the Canadian Nuclear Society. He currently serves as Chairman of the International Nuclear Energy Academy. Dr. Luxat received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor and received his Masters and Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Cape Town.Back to Top
Ray O. Johnson, Ph.D.
Former Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Dr. Ray Johnson served for nine years as Senior Vice President of Corporate Engineering, Technology and Operations, and Chief Technology Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Lockheed Martin is a Fortune 100 company with annual revenues exceeding US $45 billion and employing over 116,000 personnel worldwide. Dr. Johnson was responsible for over 72,000 personnel working on over 4,000 programs that provide the nation’s most vital security systems. Prior to his role at Lockheed Martin, Dr. Johnson spent ten years in senior executive roles with Modern Technology Solutions Inc. and Science Applications International Corp. – both large defense contracting companies.
Dr. Johnson has been invited to speak at the World Economic Forum from 2009 to 2014, and he has provided expert testimony to the United States Congress. He is a much sought-after speaker on business, strategy and innovation.
Dr. Johnson served as an officer in United States Air Force for 12 years. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.Back to Top
Regis Matzie, Ph.D.
Former Chief Technology Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company
Dr. Regis Matzie was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, responsible for all Westinghouse research and development undertakings and advanced nuclear plant development. Previously, Dr. Matzie was responsible for the development, licensing, detailed engineering, project management and component manufacturing of new Westinghouse light water reactors. Prior to this, Dr. Matzie held various management positions in ABB Combustion Engineering (CE) and its predecessor organization CE. Dr. Matzie retired from Westinghouse on July 1, 2009. Since that time, he has been providing technical consulting services to the international nuclear industry. He works extensively with the U.S. Department of Energy, including the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee (NEAC) and two of its subcommittees. In addition, he lectures and consults with several universities on curriculum development and nuclear technology topics.
His 35-year career in the commercial nuclear power industry has been devoted primarily to the development of advanced nuclear systems and advanced fuel cycles, and he is the author of more than 125 technical papers and reports on these subjects. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Matzie served in the U.S. nuclear submarine program for five years and followed this with 25 years of service in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a Captain.
He is currently working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of California, Berkeley; University of Wisconsin; Texas A&M University; and Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also providing consulting services to Idaho National Laboratory (Accident Tolerant Fuel and Light Water Reactor RD&D programs) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (U.S. High Performance Research Reactor Independent Strategic Review). In addition, Dr. Matzie is a member of the Canadian National Laboratory Science Advisory Board.Back to Top
Policy and Regulatory
Christine Todd Whitman
Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Former Governor of New Jersey
Christine Todd Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001. She is currently President of The Whitman Strategy Group, an environmental policy consulting firm.
Governor Whitman serves on the Board of United Technologies Corporation and formerly served on the Board of S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. Ms. Whitman also serves a number of non-profit organizations, including as Chairman of the American Security Project and Vice-Chairman of the Trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Responsible Shale Development. She co-chairs the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council and is on the Advisory Boards of the Corporate Eco Forum and The Northeast Maglev (TNEM). She serves as an advisor to the Aspen Rodel Fellowship program and on the O’Connor Judicial Selection Advisory Committee at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. She is a member of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and a member of the National Advisory Committees for the Women’s Coalition for Common Sense and the Presidential Climate Action Project.Back to Top
Jeffrey Merrifield, J.D.
Former Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Legal Counsel to Advisory Board
Jeffrey Merrifield was appointed by President Bill Clinton and reappointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the five-member, Senate-confirmed, independent United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During his tenure, which was from October 1998 to June 2002 and from August 2002 to June 2007, the NRC had a staff of 3,250 employees with a budget of US $900 million and set all policies and rules that govern the safe and secure use of nuclear materials at the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants operating at that time.
Mr. Merrifield was Senior Vice President of Global Business Development with CB&I’s Power Business Unit. While there, he led a team of 25 sales and proposal staff to develop and win over US $1.5 billion in annual sales. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for The Shaw Group, Inc.’s Power Group. As a member of the Power Group’s executive team, he was responsible for overseeing the group’s external relationships including nuclear business development, customer relations, strategic planning, marketing and communications, as well as government and regulatory affairs.
Mr. Merrifield has published numerous articles and has appeared on numerous network television interviews, including CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC, FOX, BBC, Bloomberg and ABC. He received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University and his B.A. from Tufts University.Back to Top
Julian Kelly, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer, Thor Energy
Dr. Julian Kelly serves as Chief Technology Officer of Thor Energy, and in this capacity he has been instrumental in the design and planning of a commercially focused irradiation testing and qualification program for an innovative thorium-plutonium ‘MOX’ fuel. This work is currently underway in the Halden material test reactor in Norway. Thor Energy is a subsidiary of SCATEC, a Norwegian renewable energy and advanced materials group, and is the majority sponsor for this project. Dr. Kelly chairs its steering committee.
Prior to this, Dr. Kelly worked for seven years as a scientific analyst and advisor in the Australian Department of Defense and for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO). In these roles he applied his chemical and material science expertise to problems and issues concerning nuclear proliferation, nuclear energy applications and radioactive waste management. In 2004, Dr. Kelly was posted to the Australian Embassy in Vienna as Nuclear Attaché covering the technical programs of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Dr. Kelly is a Materials Scientist by training. He holds a BSc (Hons.) from University of Adelaide and a Ph.D. from Australian National University. He has an extensive network within the nuclear industry.Back to Top
Founder and Former Chairman, Climate Change Capital
James Cameron is the chairman of the Overseas Development Institute, the United Kingdom’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. He is also a member of H.M. Treasury’s Infrastructure U.K. advisory council, a unit of the U.K. Treasury that works on the U.K.’s long-term infrastructure priorities and secures private sector investment. He was a founder and non-executive Chairman of Climate Change Capital from 2004 to 2015, an environmental asset management and advisory business that advised and invested in companies driven by the financial rewards associated with sustainable, low-carbon growth. Prior to CCC, Mr. Cameron was Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and was the founder and the head of its Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice. He has spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and has appeared in several of the leading cases in international and environmental law. Mr. Cameron has also served as an advisor, board member and chair on over ten prominent climate change councils, projects, and institutes internationally.
Mr. Cameron has held academic positions at Cambridge, London, Bruges and Sydney and is currently affiliated with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. He was educated at University of Western Australia, University College London (LLB), Queens’ College, Cambridge (LLM) and Inner Temple (called to the Bar, 1987).Back to Top
Professor of Energy and Natural Resource Markets and Innovation, Columbia University
Travis Bradford is Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also a full-time Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University, teaching energy and natural resource markets and innovation at SIPA, Columbia Business School and the Earth Institute.
Professor Bradford is also the founder and president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a non-profit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped launch many organizations, including Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room.
Previously, he has been a professor at the University of Chicago and Duke University M.B.A. programs and has lectured on finance, entrepreneurship and alternative energy economics at many leading U.S. universities. His published works include Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry, in addition to dozens of global market research reports on all aspects of the energy industry.
Professor Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia State University in 1992 and an M.B.A. in 1996 from the New York University Stern School of Business. In 2006, he received an M.P.A. degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has previously worked at the Federal Reserve, as a partner at various public and private equity investment firms, and as a board member of numerous publicly traded, private, and non-profit firms in the U.S. and abroad.Back to Top
Ben Heard, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Bright New World
Dr. Ben Heard is a leading voice for nuclear power as an essential part of the climate solution. He is Executive Director of Australia-based environmental NGO, Bright New World, and popular analyst, commentator and published energy researcher. He provides research, analysis and strategy development in sustainability and climate change to the private sector. He has advised large corporations on a range of climate, sustainability and stakeholder consultation challenges. Dr. Heard has taught sustainability and climate change at University of Adelaide, where he recently completed his doctorate in Clean Energy Systems and Advanced Nuclear. He also has a Masters in Corporate Sustainability Management from Monash University.Back to Top
Robert Litterman, Ph.D.
Founding Partner, Kepos Capital
Former Head of Risk, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Dr. Robert Litterman is prominent in the global institutional investment management community. He serves on the boards of a number of endowments and financial services companies.
Dr. Litterman is a founding partner of Kepos Capital and the Chairman of its Risk Committee. Prior to founding Kepos Capital in 2010, he enjoyed a 23-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served in research, risk management, investments and thought leadership roles. He was named a partner of Goldman Sachs in 1994 and became head of the firm-wide risk function. During his tenure at Goldman, Dr. Litterman researched and published a number of groundbreaking papers in asset allocation and risk management. He is the co-developer, with Fischer Black, of the Black-Litterman Global Asset Allocation Model, a key tool in investment management, and has co-authored books including The Practice of Risk Management and Modern Investment Management: An Equilibrium Approach.
Dr. Litterman earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a B.Sc. in Human Biology from Stanford University. He serves on a number of boards, including Commonfund, where he was elected Chair in 2014, Options Clearing Corporation, Resources for the Future, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund.Back to Top
In Memoriam: J.R. (Dick) Engel
Former Chief Engineer of MSRE
J.R. (Dick) Engel was Chief Engineer of the first operating Molten Salt Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a veteran MSR engineer. He was a member from inception of Terrestrial Energy’s technical team and more recently a member of its Advisory Board until his unexpected death in June 2017. Given Dick’s career-long experience with MSR development and his contribution to IMSR® development, Terrestrial Energy wishes to acknowledge Dick’s invaluable knowledge, advice and support for the development of the IMSR®.Back to Top