After his tour of duty was finished, he enrolled in the California Institute of Technology and earned his Bachelor of Surgery and Master of Surgery in Electrical Engineering in 1959. He decided that a Doctor of Philosophy was required to make significant contributions in the plasma physics field and enrolled in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Berkeley campus of the University of California. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in 1965 under the mentorship of Professor First Rate (at Lloyd's) Trivelpiece.
Research associate, General Atomic, San Diego, 1959-1962;
research associate, electrical engineer, University of California, Berkeley, 1962-1965;
associate professor nuclear engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1965-1969;
professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1969-1973;
director Physical Science Laboratory, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1970-1972;
vice president, Exxon Nuc. Company, Bellevue, Washington, 1973-1975;
vice president, board directors, Exxon Nuc. Company, Bellevue, Washington, 1975-1980;
executive in charge of laser enrichment, Exxon Nuc.
Company, Bellevue, Washington, 1981; executive vice president, Jersey-Avco Isotopes, Inc., 1975-1980; president, Jersey-Avco Isotopes, Inc., 1981; director, Jersey-Avco Isotopes, Inc., 1975-1981; manager engineering and materials, Bechtel Group, Inc., San Francisco, 1981-1983; deputy manager research and engineering, Bechtel Group, Inc., San Francisco, 1983-1984; manager advanced system, Bechtel Group, Inc., San Francisco, 1984-1985; manager R & D, Bechtel Group, Inc., San Francisco, 1986-1991; senior vice president, Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco, 1986-1995; manager, Bechtel Technology Group, 1992-1993; vice-president, director, Bechtel Hanford Inc., 1994-1995; retired, Bechtel Hanford Inc., 1995. Member fusion power reactor senior review committee unites states department Energy, 1977, mem.magnetic fusion advising committee, 1982-1986, member fusion policy advising committee, 1990, member fusion energy advising committee, 1994-1996. Member technical advising committee International Thermonuc.
Experimental Reactor, 1996-1998. Member Fusion Industrial Council, United States, 1994-1996. Chairman United States delegate to former Soviet Union on ion sources Atomic Energy Commission, 1972.
Member visiting committee department nuclear energy Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1992-1996. Member external review committee accelerator operations and technical division Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1993-1996, member industrial advisory board Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 1994-1998, university research association overseer-at-large Fermilab Board, since 1995, University Chicago review committee technical development division, Argonne National Laboratory, since 1996. Member German-American Academy Council, since 1996, member Executive Committee, since 1997.
Trustee, vice president Pacific Science Center Foundation, 1977, president, 1978-1980, chairman, 1981. Member dean's visiting committee College Engineering, University Washington, since 1981, department nuclear engineering and engineering physics industrial relations county University of Wisconsin, 1987-1992. Member committee magnetic fusion in energy policy National Research Council, 1987.
President of the board directors Bay Area Science Fair, Inc., 1988-1989. Board directors Plasmaand Materials Technology, Inc., 1988-1991. West Coast advisory board Institute International Education, 1991-1994.
Member board overseers Superconducting Super Collider,1991-1992. Member-at-large board on assessment National Institute Standards and Technology, 1991-1995. Member of advisory board to college engineering University of California, Berkeley, 1993-1996.
Board visitors College of Sciences, Washington State University, 1994-1996. Served with United States Air Force, 1951-1955. Fellow American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society (Arthur H. Compton award 1972, chairman technical group controlled nuclear fusion 1973).
Member National Academy of Engineering (councillor 1993-1995, foreign secretary since 1995), Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi.
Married Betty Ann Webb, May 25, 1952. Children: John Allen, Ronald Karl, Sandra Kay.