Speculative Speakers Directory: Marc Millis

Marc Millis








'Marc Millis is a leading international authority on the search for breakthrough spaceflight: the kind of breakthroughs that could make interstellar voyages practical. His day job is with NASA's Glenn Research Center, in Cleveland Ohio, where he leads Breakthrough Propulsion Physics research. In addition, he is the Founder and President of the Tau Zero Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to accelerating progress toward practical interstellar flight, which extends research and education beyond that which can be done in government, industry and academia. Millis earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Georgia Tech (1982), a Masters of Science in Physics Entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University (2006), and is an alumnus of the International Space University Summer Session (1998). He has produced over 30 technical and management papers, an award-winning website ("Warp Drive, When?"), and recently published: "Making the jump to light-speed" in the National Geographic book: Star Wars - Where Science Meets Imagination (2005). His breakthrough work gets wide public attention, being cited in Newsweek, Wired, Popular Science (May 2001 cover), New York Times and in the books Centauri Dreams (Gilster 2004) and in I'm Working On That (Shatner & Walter 2002). His visionary work also earned Millis a nomination for a 2004 World Technology Award.In addition to propulsion physics, Millis has designed ion thrusters, electronics for rocket monitoring, cryogenic propellant equipment, and even a cockpit display to guide free-fall aircraft flights. In his free time, Millis enjoys craftsmanship; building award-winning scale models, Halloween costumes, and other mischief. With specialties in science fiction models built from scrap plastic and 1960's slot cars, he occasionally publishes how-to articles and photographs. Amidst all of this, Millis enjoys time as a husband and father. (Note: in this Speaker Bureau, Millis is not representing NASA, but rather himself and the Tau Zero Foundation. Presentations cover the deliberate interplay between science fiction and science as a tool for stimulating thought and educating the public. Travel reimbursement required.)

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Futurism Science: Physical & Space Science: Speculative Breakthroughs Technology: Invention & Commerce

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