Transatomic Power


Key Personnel

Leslie Dewan

Dr. Leslie Dewan Co-founder Chief Executive Officer Dr. Leslie Dewan graduated from MIT with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. She also holds S.B. degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked for a robotics company in Cambridge, MA, where she designed search-and-rescue robots and equipment for in-field identification of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. Leslie has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and an MIT Presidential Fellowship. She was named a TIME Magazine "30 People Under 30 Changing the World" in December 2013, an MIT Technology Review "Innovator Under 35" in September 2013, and a Forbes "30 Under 30" in Energy in December 2012.

Mark Massie

Mark Massie Co-founder Chief Technology Officer Mark Massie has an S.M. degree in nuclear science and engineering from MIT, and an S.B. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has worked at TerraPower in Bellevue, WA, where he developed and implemented a method for calculating high-fidelity fuel compositions in travelling wave reactors. He has also worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he developed code for analyzing sodium fast reactors. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, specializing in nuclear reactor core design. Mark is a Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Program Fellow, a Department of Energy Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative Fellow, and was named a Forbes "30 Under 30" in Energy in December 2012.

Ray Rothrock
Ray Rothrock Ray Rothrock is a partner emeritus at Venrock, which he joined in 1988 in New York City, and the outgoing chair of the National Venture Capital Association. A successful venture capitalist for 25 years, he enjoyed a career earning him listings on the Forbes Midas Lists and ultimately chairing the industry association, National Venture Capital Association. He continues seeking investment opportunities and is considered an expert on venture capital and startup innovation.

Ray began his career as a nuclear engineer. Relocating to the Silicon Valley in 1981 he participated in three venture capital-backed companies - one very successful, Sun Microsystems where he was introduced to venture capital.

In addition to his venture activities he is benefactor of the performing arts, is active in his community and industry. Ray was Chair of the National Venture Capital Association 2012-2013. In 2010 he testified to the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. He also has served on the Board of Trustees of the Texas A&M Foundation and has served on various Visiting Committees of MIT including Nuclear Science and Engineering Department, and Arts.

Wendolyn Holland

Wendolyn Holland Wendolyn Holland is Director of Holland Consulting, LLC, which assists firms in the energy industry achieve their business goals and interface with federal and state agencies. Prior to launching her own consulting practice, she served as Director of Strategic Development and Technical Partnerships at Savannah River National Laboratory.

She was appointed to her first role for the U.S. Department of Energy in June 2008 as Senior Advisor for Commercialization in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The position fostered National Lab stewardship, created taxpayer value out of the continued investment in the National Labs, and was designed to carry these ideals from the Bush Administration into the Obama Administration. In this role, she served as Program Manager for the Technology Commercialization Fund, the Entrepreneur in Residence Program, the Innovation Ecosystem Development Initiative, and the Innovation Portal. Holland's leadership positions under the auspices of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit Program.

Prior to federal service, she worked with clean energy and water start-up firms as either an owner or consultant. She responded to the terrorist attacks of 2001 by joining Global Options, a Washington, D.C. security, investigations, and counter-terrorism start-up, later serving as Vice President. For both public- and private-sector clients, Holland managed executive protection, counter-terrorism research, and crisis resolution projects.

Holland received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 2001 and her BA from Yale in 1991. She is a frequent lecturer on U.S. energy policy.

Russ Wilcox

Russ Wilcox Russ Wilcox was previously CEO of E Ink Corporation, a company he co-founded in 1997 to commercialize electronic paper materials invented at the MIT Media Lab. E Ink conducted ground-breaking research, scaled up manufacturing in the United States, and shipped tens of millions of displays for the Amazon Kindle, SONY Reader, B&N Nook and other devices. This transformed the publishing industry and led to the sale of the company for $450 million in 2009. Russ graduated with honors from Harvard College and was a Baker Scholar at the Harvard Business School and is a co-inventor of twenty-five issued U.S. patents. He is an Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year and a Mass High Tech All-Star.

Advisory Board

Todd Allen

Dr. Todd Allen Dr. Allen is the Scientific Director for the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility at Idaho National Laboratory, and the director of the Center for Material Science of Nuclear Fuel, an Energy Frontier Research Center.

Dr. Allen is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison since 2003. Prof. Allen's research expertise is in the area of materials related issues in nuclear reactors, specifically radiation damage and corrosion.

Mike Corradini

Dr. Michael Corradini Dr. Corradini is the current president of the American Nuclear society. He serves with Dr. Dale Klein as co-chair of the ANS Special Committee on Fukushima. He is a past recipient of the ANS Young Members Achievement Award and is an ANS Fellow.

Dr. Corradini is also a Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests are centered primarily in thermal hydraulics and multiphase flow, and he emphasizes the areas of reactor operation, reactor safety, reprocessing and risk assessment. He is chair of the Energy Institute faculty governance committee and the director of the college's Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems.

Benoit Forget

Dr. Benoit Forget Dr. Forget is currently an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal with a B.Eng in Chemical Enginering and a M.Eng in Energy Engineering in 2003. He then completed a PhD in Nuclear Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006. He spent one year at the Idaho National Laboratory working in the nuclear fuel cycle and reactor physics methods groups, before joining MIT in January of 2008. He currently serves as the Chair of the Reactor Physics Division of the American Nuclear Society.

Jess Gehin

Dr. Jess Gehin Dr. Jess C. Gehin joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1992 and is currently a Senior Program Manager in the Nuclear Technology Programs Office at ORNL. In this position, he is responsible for programmatic areas related to advanced nuclear fuel cycles, advanced reactors, and support to Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Gehin served as the leader of the ORNL Reactor Analysis Group with the responsibility for managing fourteen research and development staff with projects sponsored primarily by the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, NRC, NNSA, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. Prior to this position, Dr. Gehin was a Senior R&D staff member performing research primarily in the area of nuclear reactor physics. He earned his B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1988 from Kansas State University and S.M. (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves on several advisory and professional committees and is member of the American Nuclear Society, having served as the Division Chair and in several officer positions of the Reactor Physics Division as well as on several society-level committees. Dr. Gehin also holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee.

Richard Lester

Dr. Richard Lester Richard Lester is Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, where he is also the founding Director of the Industrial Performance Center. His research focuses on innovation management and policy. He is also active in research and teaching on the management and control of nuclear technology. Professor Lester is the author or co-author of eight books, including Innovation--The Missing Dimension (with Michael Piore), Making Technology Work (with John Deutch), and The Productive Edge: A New Strategy for Economic Growth. His latest book, Unlocking Energy Innovation, will be published by MIT Press later this year.

Regis Matzie

Dr. Regis Matzie Dr. Matzie served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Westinghouse Electric Company from 2001 to 2009. In that role he was responsible for all Westinghouse research and development undertakings and advanced nuclear plant development. He became a senior vice president in 2000, when Westinghouse Electric Company purchased the nuclear businesses of Asea Brown Bavari (ABB) where Dr. Matzie was vice president of nuclear systems for ABB Combustion Engineering (ABB CE) Nuclear Power in Windsor, CT.

During his 25 years with ABB CE, Dr. Matzie held various technical and management positions. His career has been devoted primarily to the development of advanced nuclear systems and advanced fuel cycles, and he is the author of more than 120 technical papers and reports on these subjects.

Dr. Matzie holds a bachelor's in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy. He served in the U.S. nuclear submarine program for five years before earning his doctorate in nuclear engineering from Stanford University. He completed 30 years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of captain in 1995.

In May 2001, Dr. Matzie was elected to the Board of Pebble Bed Modular Reactor PBMR (Pty) Ltd and since then he has served as the Chairman of the Board's Technology Committee. Previously a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Industry Advisory Board, Dr. Matzie has served on the ASME Innovative Technologies Institute Management Committee since 2004. Dr. Matzie is also a Board member of the American Nuclear Society and a Board member of Avure Technologies, a small manufacturing company for high temperature and pressure equipment.