In today’s episode, Dr. Pry interviews four different guests: Michael Silver, Thomas Popik, John Kappenman, and Michael Del Rosso.
Segment A: Michael Silver
Michael N. Silver is chairman of the board and president of American Elements, a global manufacturer and distributor of engineered and advanced materials. He is an expert on the current and future demand for rare earths and many other exotic metals such as hafnium, rhodium, tellurium, and many more. Mr. Silver’s expertise also includes firsthand knowledge of the corporate supply chain from mine to finished goods, the industrial and scientific applications that make these elements important and their commodity value to the investment community. He is considered a pioneer in the fields of nanotechnology, green technology and alternative energy sources.
Mr. Silver is credited with making American Elements an early participant in many now billion dollar growth industries including solar energy, fuel cells, optical telecommunications and next generation pharmaceuticals. Mr. Silver was one of the first Americans to establish a direct production and distribution supply chain from the rare earth mines in Inner Mongolia, China to North America and Europe.
The company has operations in Los Angeles, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Monterrey, Mexico; Baotou, China; Manchester, UK and a global distribution network.
Segment B: Thomas Popik
Thomas Popik, founder of the Foundation for Resilient Societies, talks about the connection between nuclear safety and protection from electromagnetic pulse. As the unfortunate events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan have shown, nuclear power plants are dependent on electric power to keep critical cooling systems operating.
The Foundation for Resilient Societies has a proposal pending with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require long-term backup power and cooling systems for spent fuel pools at nuclear power plants. This proposal, in the legal form of a Petition for Rulemaking, is the only petition currrently accepted for the NRC rulemaking docket for 2011. The Petition makes extensive use of reports from the congressionally-chartered EMP Commission to make the case that the electric grid is vulnerable to EMP and that long-term backup power systems at nuclear plants should be required.
Mr. Popik holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously an officer in the US Air Force, Mr. Popik investigated unattended power systems for the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line, a system of 33 radar sites in Alaska, northern Canada, and Greenland.
Segment C: John Kappenman
John Kappenman is one of the principal investigators under contract with the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP Commission). Mr. Kappenman has presented testimony before the US House Science Committee in October 2003 on the importance of geomagnetic storm forecasting for the electric power industry. He also was a principal investigator examining the “Vulnerability of the Electric Power Grid for Severe Geomagnetic Storms” for FEMA under US Presidential Executive Order 13407.
He was also one of the Principal Contributors to the 2008 US National Academy of Sciences Report on “Severe Space Weather Events—Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts Workshop Report Committee on the Societal and Economic Impacts of Severe Space Weather Events” He is a member of the IEC Standards Development Committee for all EMP and High Energy Electomagnetic Compatibility Requirements. You can listen to the recording of Mr. Kappenman’s previous appearance on EMPact Radio by clicking here.
Segment D: Michael Del Rosso
Michael Del Rosso is an accomplished technology executive whose career spans 30 years. He has served as CEO and CTO of large public companies and early stage companies. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), past Chairman of the IEEE-USA Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC), a 2006 Lincoln Fellow at The Claremont Institute where he is presently Research Fellow in National Security Policy, Senior Fellow for Homeland and National Security at the Center for Security Policy, and has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
He has contributed to Department of Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection and information security initiatives, and has designed and implemented technology solutions for the commercial, intelligence, and defense marketplaces. He has broad technical expertise and fundamental design experience, including issued and pending patents, in the areas of system-of-systems architectures; storage, knowledge, and content management systems design; operating system internals; real-time systems; data communications & telephony; identity management; computer security; disaster recovery; critical infrastructure protection; information warfare and cyber-terrorism.
This episode aired live on January 11, 2012.