Dr. Steven Howe

Dr. Steven Howe is the Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), a division of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. USRA is a scientific research and advanced technology company at the forefront of space-related investigations. The CSNR is one of thirteen centers operated by USRA and is the only one associated with a DOE National Laboratory. The CSNR is engaged in facilitating research and education of nuclear technologies for space exploration, and is currently investigating the development of a radioisotope-powered long-range, long-lived Mars Hopper as well as the fabrication of fuels for nuclear reactors for power and propulsion in space. Dr. Howe joined USRA from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Holding various positions, Dr. Howe was employed with LANL for just under twenty-two years. His most recent position was in the Thermonuclear Applications group of LANL’s Applied Physics Division. In this capacity, he investigated the importance of energetic nuclear reactions in modeling the physics of extreme plasma environments. While at LANL, Dr. Howe engaged in both technical and program development, with research interests focused on medium-energy particle physics and nuclear weapons physics. He developed new programs for the Laboratory in the areas of advanced space propulsion, space exploration technologies, bio-medical instrumentation, defense programs, nuclear systems, and hypersonic flight. During this time, Dr. Howe also worked in the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a major research facility at LANL that comprises a high-intensity, 800 MeV proton beam to perform research in neutron scattering, proton radiography, fast-neutron physics, and radioisotope production. Dr. Howe served as the Principal Investigator on 3 Phase I SBIR and 1 Phase II SBIR awards. These awards dealt with the development of a low energy beam line of antiprotons at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab, as well as antimatter storage concepts, and antimatter driven space propulsion concepts. Dr. Howe also served as the Principal Investigator on four grants from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. In recent years, Dr. Howe has been heavily involved in developing small businesses to commercialize the use of antiprotons. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of Hbar technologies, LLC, a company pursuing the development of a low energy source of antiprotons for use in a variety of applications, including Homeland Security and medical treatments involving radiotherapy for inoperable tumors. He is also a co-founder and shareholder of Greenlight Industries, Inc, which is in the process of developing a new, high-efficiency, power conversion system for hybrid cars. Dr. Howe has authored over fifty technical papers and has made numerous television appearances on networks such as PBS, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and Sci-Fi to discuss space and rocketry. In addition to his regular activities, Dr. Howe is an avid author of fiction. His novella, Wrench and Claw, appeared in Analog Magazine, and he has also published a novel titled, Honor Bound Honor Born. The book details the possible development of the first commercial base on the Moon. Dr. Howe received his B.S. degree and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University, where he was the recipient of the ERDA Fellowship and the Associated Western Universities Fellowship.

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