The Scientific Review Board
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The Scientific Review Board
Robert Powell has a BS in Chemistry and is an amateur astronomer. He is a member of
the National Space Society and the Society for Scientific Exploration. He has 28 years in
engineering management in the semiconductor industry from 1978 to 2006. While
working at Advanced Micro Devices he has taken numerous internal courses related to
device physics, design of experiments, and statistical analysis. He helped Advanced
Micro Devices develop its first flash memory technology that is used in today’s flash
cards for cameras, PCs, video cameras, and other products. His experience includes
managing a state-of-the-art chemistry laboratory and managing a Research and
Development group that worked on nanotechnology using atomic force microscopes,
near-field optical microscopy, and other techniques. Robert is also a co-holder of four
patents related to nanotechnology.
Robert has been the Director of Research at MUFON since 2007 and is also the head of
MUFON's Science Review Board. He is an active Field Investigator in the state of Texas
having completed over 140 investigations and is a MUFON Star Team member. He is one of two authors of the detailed radar/witness report on the Stephenville Lights.
Robert is also a member of the Society for Scientific Exploration and the National SpaceSociety.
Robert is active with FOIA requests to various government organizations to
obtain information on historical cases and is a co-author of a book published in July
2012: UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry. Robert currently resides in Austin,
Lockheed Martin (Mission Systems / IS&S) 1998 - 2008
Sr. Staff Engineer
Technical lead for the transfer of the UNIX based MCS (Maneuver Control System) to a Windows based system. Developed and programmed the VB/C++/C# messaging control system. Responsible for the determination of system requirements, procedures required and for development, and testing.
Lockheed Martine (through UnixPros) 1998 – 2000
Provided the Analysis, Design, and Programming of a UNIX based Course of Action (COA) Battlefield Planning System. Responsibilities included: developing the concepts used, planning logic, and classes to determine time, location, and event synchronization of a battlefield situation.
Northrop Grumman Corporation / Grumman Corporation 1984-1998
Sr. Tech. Specialist (Northrop Grumman) / Staff Scientist (Grumman)
Thermonuclear Reactor Projects:
Developed the methodology and codes required to calculate the Poloidal Field coil currents capable of supporting known plasma equilibrium states. This codes remain the industry standard for Poloidal Field Coil design of Tokamak type thermonuclear reactors. Analyzed the requirements for, and designed and the electromagnetic field coil systems on the PDX, Alcator C-Mod, SRX, and CIT Thermonuclear Reactor projects (among others).
Provided Eddy current analysis for the PBX and the SLPX reactors at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Provided dc power systems design and systems analysis on the TFTR fusion project.
Neutral Particle Beam Projects:
Provided physics designs and beam dynamics analysis for all accelerator portions of the CWDD, ACDTI, and SASS accelerator projects (among others). Supervised the Physics design of the Grumman Plant 26 RFQ accelerator. Consultant on the design and analysis of the BEAR RFQ accelerator.
Provided the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis for the Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography gas jet target system.
NUS Corporation 1982-1984
Project Manager on the Crystal River 3 system upgrade project. Project completed successfully within budget and schedule without plant shutdown.
EBASCO Services Incorporated 1974-1982
Provided the dc Electrical Systems design on the TFTR project. Provided electromagnetic quenching analysis of the superconducting coil systems on the SLPX project and electrical system analysis on the TEXTOR project. Supervised the design of the electrical systems on the Elmo Bumpy Torus fusion project.
Lead Systems Engineer on the Waterford 3 and Allen’s Creek Nuclear Projects. Provided Security System and reactor and safety system analysis.
Fairleigh Dickinson University 1972 - 1977
Adjunct Faculty in Physics Department, Teaneck Campus, Teaneck New Jersey
Ph.D. Program (Physics), New York University, 1970-1974,
NSF Fellowship, passed qualifying Exams, course work completed – 3.72 gpa
BS Physics, Magna Cum Laude, 1970, Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck NJ Campus),
University Honors Program, Phi Zeta Kappa & Phi Omega Epsilon Honor Societies
Military: USAF, Systems Command, 1963-1967
DOD Secret (inactive), initially granted 5/22/85
DOE L (inactive), LSC-64277, effective 2/24/82
Jacques PATENET is born in 1947 in French BurgondyHe is a graduate from ISEN as engineer in electronics
He worked during 37 years in CNES, the french space agency with various functions :