The S.M.A.R.T. Path to a Sustainable Future : The Innovators Behind Kronos Fusion Energy's Limitless Clean Energy Ambition
Navigating the complex, rapidly evolving landscape of fusion energy requires not just expertise but visionary leadership. At Kronos Fusion Energy, we have both in spades. Our leadership team isn't simply a group of seasoned professionals; they're trailblazers, innovators, and visionaries, each excelling in their respective domains. Our carefully assembled team of esteemed scientists, seasoned military advisors, and skilled operations experts is at the forefront of the fusion revolution, driving it forward with relentless commitment and unparalleled expertise.
Every facet of fusion energy generation—from the most intricate scientific explorations to the strategic military insights, from the precision of operational execution to the complexities of legislative regulations—requires profound knowledge and a mastery that comes from years of dedication. Our team embodies this and more. We blend strategic acumen, scientific innovation, operational efficiency, and legislative savvy to create a powerhouse of talent and expertise.
We're not just advancing the science of fusion technology; we're strengthening Kronos Fusion Energy's position as a global leader in the pursuit of clean, sustainable energy. This isn't just about making strides in fusion technology; it's about propelling the world toward a sustainable future. So, let's meet the dynamic individuals steering Kronos Fusion Energy, the team shaping the future of energy, and driving us all toward a brighter, cleaner, greener tomorrow.
I. Fusion Energy Sciences:
Kronos Fusion Energy is privileged to have the counsel of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Board. This distinguished body of global scientific pioneers in areas like material sciences, plasma physics, mathematics, and fusion generator design, plays a pivotal role in steering Kronos Fusion Energy's scientific pursuits and setting new benchmarks in fusion energy generation.
Paul Weiss - Material Sciences / Nano Technology
Providing seasoned oversight and profound expertise in material sciences and nanotechnology, Paul Weiss is a key Board Advisor at the Kronos Fusion Energy from its inception. A distinguished American nanoscientist, Weiss brings his vast academic achievements and pioneering research experience from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the California NanoSystems Institute. Over his academic journey, Weiss has accumulated over 400 research publications and holds more than 40 US and international patents. His invaluable insight and proficiency in material sciences and nanotechnology are critical to Kronos's revolutionary S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator project, pushing the boundaries of innovative and sustainable energy technology.
Konstantin Batygin - Pure Mathematics/Physics
Renowned American astronomer and Professor of Planetary Sciences at Caltech, Konstantin Batygin, guides Kronos as a Board Advisor with his expertise in pure mathematics and physics. With a distinguished academic career and a focus on the mathematical and physical intricacies of astrophysics, Batygin’s knowledge is invaluable. At Kronos, Batygin's expertise is applied to the complex mathematical and physical challenges tied to the S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator. His contribution to the team significantly facilitates the progression towards innovative and sustainable fusion energy technology.
Bob Weggel - Magnet Design/Magnetic Shielding
As a Board Advisor at Kronos, Bob Weggel brings his profound expertise in magnet design and magnetic shielding, honed over decades at prestigious institutions such as MIT’s Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Among his many accomplishments, Bob designed the magnet that achieved the world’s strongest magnetic field. His extensive knowledge and experience are instrumental in the development of Kronos' S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator, aiding in the pursuit of sustainable energy solutions.
Ruben Fair - Magnet Design / Magnetic Shielding
Board Advisor Ruben Fair contributes his comprehensive industrial and research-based experience to the Kronos team, specializing in magnet design and magnetic shielding. Ruben’s impressive career spans significant tenures at reputable organizations including Oxford Instruments, Converteam, and Jefferson Laboratory. Currently, Ruben leads the US ITER Department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), contributing immensely to the design and construction of Kronos’ S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator.
Siegfried Glenzer - Plasma Physics
Siegfried Glenzer, a Founding Partner and Board Advisor at Kronos, has an illustrious career in the field of plasma physics. Honored with the E. O. Lawrence award and serving as the division director at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Siegfried's profound understanding of matter under extreme conditions using high-power lasers and x-ray beams propels the development of Kronos' S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator. His expertise significantly contributes to the advancement of sustainable energy solutions.
Carl Weggel - Tokamak / Fusion Generator Design
Carl Weggel, a Board Advisor at Kronos, specializes in tokamak and fusion generator design. As the lead designer of the S.M.A.R.T. 40, Carl brings over 50 years of experience in the fusion energy field, with a passionate advocacy for compact, ultra-high-field tokamaks. His past experiences, including designing the 14-tesla Toroidal Field magnet for MIT’s record-setting tokamak and leading the Magnet Division at INESCO, play a crucial role in the development of Kronos' S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator. His insight into the potential of aneutronic fuels like D-He3 propels Kronos towards a future of clean, sustainable energy solutions.
Martin Owens - Chief Strategy Officer / Advanced Nuclear Reactors
Serving as a Board Advisor and the Chief Strategy Officer for Kronos Fusion Energy, Martin Owens brings a wealth of knowledge in advanced nuclear reactors to our team. Currently, he is the Senior Director at the Capital Project Execution Organization at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a position preceded by his role as the EPC Director at GE Hitachi. Martin's extensive history in managing nuclear reactor and fuel development programs is an invaluable asset to us.
Martin's journey in the nuclear energy sector began after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University in 1984. This led him to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc., where he served as an Engineer and Project Manager for over twenty years. In 2007, he joined AREVA, initially as a Program and Project Manager. His sterling performance led to his promotion to Project Director, putting him in charge of Nuclear Reactor and Fuel Development Programs.
Continuing his professional development, Martin completed his Master of Business Administration and Global Management from Ashford University in 2016. This has further complemented his engineering background, granting him a holistic understanding of the nuclear energy industry.
With a career spanning over 35 years across various high-consequence energy government and commercial programs, Martin has been involved in the development of pioneering Naval Reactors at BWXT. His comprehensive knowledge in advanced nuclear reactor technologies and his proven expertise in project management form an integral part of Kronos Fusion Energy's foundational strength. His experience and leadership will undoubtedly guide us as we continue on our path towards sustainable fusion energy.
Dr. Frank J. Wessel - Plasma Physics + Fusion Energy Generation
Dr. Frank J. Wessel, a respected Project Scientist specializing in fusion energy, materials-effects testing, and pulsed power at the University of California, Irvine, offers his extensive knowledge to Kronos as a Board Advisor. Dr. Wessel's significant work on high-energy-density plasma physics and fusion energy has profound implications for energy production. With more than 75 publications under his belt, Dr. Wessel is a well-established authority in his field. His insight into plasma physics and fusion energy generation is instrumental in the realization of Kronos' cutting-edge S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator project.
Florian Effenberg - Mathematics + Physics
Florian Effenberg, serving as an Advisor specializing in mathematics and physics, is a key asset to our team. Currently a Staff Research Physicist with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Florian also serves as a Visiting Research Fellow at General Atomics in San Diego, California.
Beginning his journey in nuclear engineering and engineering physics, Florian earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Engineering Physics, with his doctoral work focusing on plasma physics. He was recognized with the James D. Callen Fellowship for Excellence in Plasma Theory for his numerical studies during his Ph.D.
After completing his doctoral degree, Florian led experiments at the W7-X stellarator in Greifswald during the second island divertor campaign. His professional journey brought him to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in 2019, where his research was conducted on the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego, California. As of spring 2022, Florian was promoted to PPPL Staff Physicist and continued his research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility.
Having co-authored 63 journal articles on fusion energy plasma physics, Florian's immense expertise in the field reinforces his crucial role as an Advisor at Kronos Fusion Energy, specializing in Mathematics and Physics.
II. The Military Strategists
General (RET) Gustave F. Perna - Executive Board Advisor, Military Strategy
General (RET) Gustave F. Perna is an emblem of military leadership. His impressive background in national security plays an instrumental role at our Fusion Energy Tactical Center (Kronos). As a Founding Partner and Executive Board Advisor, General Perna brings his comprehensive knowledge of logistics and global operations to our table, significantly driving the Kronos initiative's success. His military career is adorned with commendable positions, including the 19th Commander of the US Army Materiel Command (AMC), an organization spanning 190,000 individuals worldwide. He continues to use this experience in shaping Kronos's future trajectory.
Brian O’Neill - National Security Strategy + Risk Assessment
For nearly three decades, Brian C. O'Neill has been at the helm of national security roles across esteemed agencies such as the CIA, NSA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. As Kronos's Board Advisor, Mr. O'Neill leverages his vast expertise in Security Strategy and Risk Assessment to revolutionize our energy landscape. He has a rich understanding of global political patterns, government and industry trends, and digital innovation. This comprehensive knowledge plays a pivotal role in our S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator project, ensuring we stay ahead of any potential risks.
Major General (RET) Robin Fontes - Cyber Security
Major General (RET) Robin Fontes commands our Cyber Security division as a Board Advisor and Founding Partner at Kronos. Prior to this, she honed her skills as Deputy Commanding General (Operations) at the US Army Cyber Command. Major General Fontes's stellar military education and the awards she has earned throughout her career underline her proficiency in cybersecurity. Her guidance and leadership are instrumental in safeguarding our S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator project and fortifying our path towards commercializing fusion energy.
Major General (RET) Paul H. Pardew - Government Contracting Officer
Major General (RET) Paul H. Pardew is a multi-faceted leader, playing the dual role of a Board Advisor and Founding Partner at Kronos, while also serving as a Government Contracting Officer. Having previously led the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL, Major General Paul's experience in managing government contracts is unrivaled. His deep understanding of the intricacies of government contracts is key to Kronos Fusion Energy's mission of commercializing fusion energy, propelling us closer to our vision of energy independence.
III. Our Operations:
At Kronos Fusion Energy, the Operations Team is the powerhouse that propels us forward. Led by the organization's founders and made up of dedicated and experienced executives, this team sets our strategic course and oversees the crucial daily operations of the company.
Each member of the team brings a unique set of skills and perspectives, collectively ensuring that Kronos Fusion Energy stays true to its mission of developing clean and limitless fusion energy technology. This team's commitment to innovation, operational excellence, and sustainable development sets the tone for our company culture and work ethos.
It's under their guidance that we chart the path towards achieving Q40 fusion energy mechanical gain, a monumental feat that will revolutionize the energy sector and benefit future generations. The Operations Team's blend of visionary leadership, strategic acumen, and meticulous attention to detail creates the ideal environment for this ambitious venture.
Sushma Bhatia - Board Advisor - Environmental & Legislative
As a Board Advisor to Kronos Fusion Energy, Sushma Bhatia is a distinguished strategist with over two decades of experience across various sectors including public service, consulting, start-ups, and technology firms. Currently, she spearheads Strategy and Operations at Google Payments and also serves on the California Board of Environmental Safety, where she helps shape environmental safety policies for safer communities.
Her prior experience includes transformative leadership roles in technology companies and the launch of a successful mobile marketplace start-up incubated in a Silicon Valley accelerator. Sushma's commitment to sustainability is evident in her decade-long public sector leadership where she contributed to the development and implementation of award-winning environmental policies for San Francisco.
Holding an MBA from UC Berkeley, a Master's in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and certification as an executive coach, Sushma's comprehensive expertise makes her an invaluable asset to Kronos Fusion Energy.
Michael Laughlin - Operations
Serving as the Vice President of Operations, Michael Laughlin is an esteemed expert in marketing and brand development. He's recognized for his adeptness in building personal ecommerce brands from scratch and scaling them to impressive six-figure enterprises. Besides continuing to develop e-commerce brands through social media marketing, he provides invaluable consulting services to local businesses, aiding their growth in the marketplace through diverse online marketing strategies.
Jon Michael Greenwood - Chief Technology Officer
Jon Michel Greenwood, a Board Advisor and Chief Technology Officer at Kronos Fusion Energy, is an award-winning technology executive. With over 20 years of experience in IT, web, mobile, and software applications development, he is renowned for his inventive ideas and efficient problem-solving capabilities, particularly during new product design and development. He has collaborated with numerous high-profile companies and individuals, bringing his exceptional technical and creative skills to a range of industries.
Marc Strecker - Chief Legal Officer
Marc Strecker, the Chief Legal Officer of Kronos Fusion Energy Incorporated, brings to the table over 34 years of experience as a business attorney. His legal expertise spans complex business litigation, business contracts, corporate formation and transactions, real estate, employment, trademark infringement, unfair competition, and international business and legal issues. An alumnus of the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan School of Law, Marc’s vast experience in business law ensures that Kronos Fusion Energy’s legal aspects are managed with utmost diligence and professionalism.
Priyanca Ford - Founder and Executive Board Member
I'm Priyanca Ford (Iyengar), the founder and executive board member of Kronos Fusion Energy Incorporated. My journey in fusion energy started in my birthplace, Bangalore India, where I developed a passion for sustainable energy from an early age. This passion propels me to work tirelessly toward one goal: creating clean, limitless fusion energy technology to benefit future generations.
With over 17 years of experience across various industries, I've honed a diverse skill set that includes product management, statistical data analysis, and an extensive understanding of game theory concepts, market positioning, and business intelligence. These competencies guide my strategic executive decision-making and help me steer the Kronos Fusion Energy team toward our shared goal of achieving Q40 fusion energy mechanical gain.
My academic background includes an Executive MBA / PLD from Harvard Business School, which has equipped me with the tools necessary to navigate the complexities of fusion energy technologies. Additionally, a pivotal period in my career was my time at Edison International, where I spearheaded end-to-end energy simulations and developed an indelible interest in fusion energy.
For over a decade now, I've been deeply involved in tuning neural networks and artificial intelligence, further advancing our technological capabilities. Most recently, I've been utilizing a D-Wave quantum computer to develop quantum simulations for fusion energy—a fascinating process that blends my passion for technology and sustainable energy.
In my journey so far, I've had the privilege to contribute to eminent companies such as Samsung Electronics, The Walt Disney Company, Live Nation Entertainment/Ticketmaster, and Deloitte Consulting. I've also served as a C-suite analytics and product strategy consultant, experiences that have broadened my perspective and honed my skills in this dynamic field.
As I continue on this path, I acknowledge that my accomplishments are just one part of a larger effort. It's through the collective wisdom and dedicated teamwork at Kronos Fusion Energy that we're making strides towards our ambitious vision. I'm thrilled about the road ahead, and am committed to driving further innovation in the realm of fusion energy.
Kronos Fusion Energy stands at the forefront of a transformative era, pioneering advancements in the field of fusion energy technology. Our formidable team of diverse professionals, led by the visionary Priyanca Ford, combines decades of experience, unparalleled expertise, and a shared commitment to sustainable energy. Each member brings their unique background and specialized knowledge to bear on the complex challenges inherent in developing the S.M.A.R.T. 40 fusion energy generator.
Our team's collective efforts have set the stage for groundbreaking innovation in fusion energy, promising to redefine the energy landscape and pave the way for a sustainable future. As we look ahead, we're not just motivated by the technological possibilities that lie in front of us, but more importantly, by the profound impact our work can have on the world. We are not merely developing an energy generator; we are contributing to the larger vision of a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable world.
The journey of Kronos Fusion Energy is not just ours alone; it belongs to everyone who believes in a future powered by clean, limitless energy. As we move forward, we invite you all to join us on this exciting journey towards a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow.