Dr. Christopher Morrison is an Astro Nuclear Engineer working at UltraSafe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) in Seattle, WA on nuclear fission power for space applications. Chris was inspired by Burt Rutan and the Ansari X Prize in 2004 to pursue a career in aerospace engineering. After graduating from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University he saw nuclear as a key for enabling sustainable exploration and settlement of the solar system. In 2012, he caught up with Elon Musk after the Cal Tech commencement. Elon told him that “nuclear would be very useful on Mars.” That short conversation propelled him through graduate school. Chris received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2017. Chris joined USNC in 2017 as he believes the company has the right technology for near-term commercializable space fission power. Chris is a Department of Energy NEUP Fellow, member of the Explorer’s club, founder of sign-language-blitz.com and happily married to Jacqueline Morrison. In the photo Chris is “giving the moon” to his wife at their wedding reception.