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Douglas Carroll is a business and engineering consultant, licensed in California as an Electrical Engineer, with graduate degrees in Engineering from UC Berkeley and in business from Santa Clara University. He retired from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy after 38 years of service developing commercial nuclear power for earth and space applications.

He believes the most exciting topic in energy today is recycling nuclear fuel through the IFR. As a business consultant he has performed diligence for corporate acquisitions and market studies in support of hydrogen production.

Ron Gester M.D., Treasurer, is a retired emergency physician and CEO / Founder of Pacific Redwood Medical Group, Inc. He obtained his MD from UC San Francisco in 1979 and BS in Geology from UC Davis in 1969. Following graduation from UCD he worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a variety of projects including geomagnetism and seismology in Boulder, Colorado and Byrd Station, Antarctica and solar forecasting for the Skylab Program at the Mission Control Center in Houston.

He currently resides in northern California and is an active board member for two other nonprofit corporations that provide opportunities for him to promote the importance of scientific literacy.

Dr. J. Bernard Minster is a professor of Geophysics at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, and senior fellow at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He obtained his Ph.D. (1974) in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate in Physical Sciences from the Université de Paris VII (1974). He is past Chair of the UCSD Division of the University of California Academic Senate.

Dr. Minster researchs the structure of the Earth's interior which has led him to the use of seismic means for verification of nuclear test ban treaties. He has long been interested in global tectonic problems and in the application of space-geodetic techniques.  More recently he has led major efforts toward estimating the effects of very large earthquakes in southern California, using supercomputer simulations, and analyzing paleoseismic data using hyperspectral imaging. He has been a consultant for numerous companies.

Dr. Minster is the newly appointed chair of the ICSU World Data System Scientific Committee. He currently serves on the Earth Science subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Committee.

Joe Shuster is the author of Beyond Fossil Fools: The Roadmap to Energy Independence by 2040.  and is a chemical engineer who has spent his entire business career in engineering and management roles in diverse technically oriented companies.  He co-founded Minnesota Valley Engineering, which, under his guidance, became the world’s leading manufacturer of high-technology, low-temperature (cryogenic) equipment used in industry, medicine, agriculture, and transportation. MVE designed and manufactured hydrogen equipment, enhanced oil recovery systems, and hydrogen and LNG transportation fuel systems.

He was also the founder of Teltech, a National science and engineering consulting firm that produced hundreds of technical dossiers on many technical subjects including gas turbines, photovoltaic manufacturing processes, natural gas purification, fuels cells and many other energy related topics. In addition, he founded or co-founded seven other technology based companies and has served on the Board of Directors of over twenty businesses, organizations, and international firms. He has received numerous professional and civic awards.

Michael Williamson is a marine geophysicist and CEO of Williamson & Associates, Inc. He was among the small group of individuals that pioneered deepsea mining of ferromanganese nodules in the 1970’s and has remained involved with advancing science and technology in deep ocean environs.

In addition to involvement with SCGI he is co-founder of a non-profit focused on providing safe drinking water to villages in central Africa.

Nicole Blees, Secretary, is a French-Canadian who has been married to Tom Blees for thirty years, having met while traveling in Central America.She is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley who graduated with honors in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasizing the Humanities and Social Sciences. Nicole's final thesis focused on Intercultural Communication, the outgrowth of an experimental educational program where she represented Berkeley's student population in 2008 on an international ocean-going university's maiden voyage halfway around the world.

Currently residing in northern California, Nicole is the SCGI secretary (as well as Tom Blees' executive secretary) and is also responsible for the establishment and maintenance of its public non-profit and tax-exempt status.