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.: Board of Directors


Dr. Harry D. Fair, Chairman
Founding Director of Institute for Strategic and Innovative Technologies, former Director of Institute for Advanced Technology at The University of Texas and President of Plasma Technology Applications, Inc.

Matthew John “Jay” Diedzic, Jr., P.E., Vice President
President and owner of BlackRock Energy Corporation, a global energy advisory and project development company.

More than 35 years of leadership, management, entrepreneurial, science and technology, investment, research and development (R&D), and fundraising experience within the domestic and international energy industry.

Over the last 20 years, developed and managed a diverse energy and environmental-related project portfolio involving: fossil-fuel, geothermal, solar, offshore wind, and tidal energy; hydrogen, synthetic fuel, and natural gas/coal-to-liquids production and application; algal-based biofuels; autonomous unmanned aerial, surface and underwater vehicles; harmful algal bloom (HAB) and red tide detection and mitigation strategies/technologies; small, micro and nano-nuclear reactor development and deployment; and Special Nuclear Material (“nuclear waste”) utilization strategies/technologies.


Dr. Robert Fossum
Former Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Dean of Engineering at Southern Methodist University and Chief Scientist at Institute for Advanced Technology.

Honorable Pike Powers
Former managing partner of Fulbright and Jaworski and leading innovator in Texas.

Dr. Paul Funk
Retired US Army Lieutenant General Commander of Third Corps and Ft Hood. Former Director of Education at Institute for Advanced Technology at The University of Texas.

Carolyn Meinel
Chief Technology Officer.

.: Senior Research Fellows

Dr. Thomas Blau
Consultant to the National Defense University (NDU).

Dr. Lou Circeo
Chief Scientist for Applied Plasma Arc Technology based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Dawna Coutant
Former Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Currently supporting IARPA's FOCUS program and was a key participant in ISIT's award winning effort in IARPA's Geopolitical Forecasting Competition.

Dr. Robert Fossum
Former Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Dean of Engineering at Southern Methodist University and Chief Scientist at Institute for Advanced Technology.

Carolyn Meinel
Chief Technology Officer. From March 2016 through Nov. 2021, she led ISIT's IR&D activities on Natural Language Processing and both crowdsourced human forecasting and human/machine hybrid forecasting. She has written many books and magazine articles with her forecasts of technology developments. Performed the initial technology forecast for 8 Rivers Capital on zero emissions technologies, which led to the Net Power system in prototype test operations in Houston, Texas. Net Power has been hailed as Black Swan technology that promises to play a role in fighting global warming via its 100% CO2 capture system. Better yet, it saves money thanks to its record high operating temperature, enabling a Carnot Cycle, that by the Second Law of Thermodynamics generates a higher percent of power per fuel burned.

Dmitry Sarin
One of the world's top forecasters of geopolitical and economics events. He currently is a Trading Analyst at EP UK Investments and a member of the Good Judgment Analytics team.

Dr. Jerry Parker
Former plasma physics group leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Electrodynamics Laboratory Director at Institute for Advanced Technology, The University of Texas.

Dr. Chris Wallace
Expert in high power microwave devices, former group leader at General Atomics, BDM and other industrial firms and member of Army Asymmetric Warfare office.

.: National Security Fellows



Dr. Paul Funk
Retired US Army Lieutenant General Commander of Third Corps and Ft Hood and member of Army and Defense Science Boards. Commanded Third Armored Division in Desert Storm. Former Director of Education at Institute for Advanced Technology at The University of Texas.

General Benjamin Griffin
Former US Army General commander of Army Materiel Command.

LTG Jack Woodmansee
Former US Army Lieutenant General, White House Fellow and member of Army Science Board.

David Winks
Managing Director of AcquSight, an engineering consulting firm specializing in cyber-physical and electromagnetic protection. His work at AcquSight focuses on microgrids, and secure edge computing for critical infrastructure. He has developed cyber defense architectures utilizing binary hardening, software defined perimeters, artificial intelligence, automated orchestration, converged IT and OT, and automated restoral. In edge computing, he led in the development of containerized EMP-shielded systems built from secure supply chains. These systems use 60% less power and achieve a 10:1 size reduction. For power and cooling, he worked with a team of companies to develop EMP-shielded multi-megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) systems incorporating gas turbines, LNG storage, and advanced energy storage systems. In addition, he was part of a design team for liquid-sodium-cooled, fast-breeder reactors.

He has led projects for wireless local loop, digital cellular, and satellite networks in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America. These networks included small modular digital switching systems, microwave links, inter-carrier text messaging, location, and prepaid services. He has assisted clients in deploying MPLS data networks, virtualizing their telephone switching infrastructure, and relocating their computing infrastructure into geo-diverse data centers. He has connected clients using 28 GHz high speed links, fiber optic cables, and ethernet-over-twisted pair. He has helped telecom carriers optimize inter-carrier messaging using SS7 networks and international gateways. He has assisted clients in constructing command centers using secure multi-site video teleconferencing and video walls. For national defense, he applied his background in high power microwave to radar, electronic warfare, satellite communications, and shielding.

He has a degree in physics with additional coursework in electrical and mechanical engineering. His background in communications includes the deployment of multi-carrier satellite transceivers and the commercialization of demand assigned multiple access control (DAMA) systems for thin-route telephony in emerging markets.

.: Innovation & Commercialization Fellows


Judy Eideles
Managing partner and venture investor of innovative advanced technologies covering a broad range of applications. Extensive experience with projects in Europe, Middle East and the United States.

Dr Coke Reed
Designer of Supercomputers, founder of DataVortex and inventor of the worlds fastest supercomputer.