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DAVID T. LAFORTUNE - GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR (CONSULTANT):

DAVID T. LAFORTUNE

David is a retired Controller for a subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand Company, with over 20 years experience overseeing the Accounting Department and responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, contract administration and U.S. Government Contract Accounting and compliance. David was also Accounting Manager for a division of a Fortune 500 company and has several years experience as an auditor for a major Boston, MA CPA firm. David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Bentley College and his class standing was in the top 1% of his graduating class. David spends much of his free time playing classical music on his pianos.

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DR. STEVEN FREEDMAN – EXECUTIVE TECHNOLOGY MANAGER (CONSULTANT):

DR. STEVEN FREEDMAN

Dr. Freedman brings a distinguished career in the energy field to Brayton with teaching history including MIT and University of Pennsylvania. His experience in the post of Department of Energy Assistant Director, Combustion and Advanced Power and as the Executive Technology Manager at the Gas Research Institute plus having played a significant part in the startup of General Electric’s Advanced Nuclear Systems Division give Dr. Freedman a uniquely qualified perspective to assist Brayton in pursuing many varied opportunities in the energy field.

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ELISE KESSELI - GEOLOGY CONSULTANT:

ELISE KESSELI

Elise Kesseli serves as Brayton’s Geology consultant. Her current assignment involves undersea bathometric studies and soil analysis, supporting an SBIR involving undersea compressed air energy storage. Working on our US Department of Energy sponsored SolarCAT program, she is surveying and analyzing geological formations suitable for compressed air energy storage. Elise also supports Brayton’s heat exchanger manufacturing center. Elise has a degree from the University of Connecticut in geology and archeology. When she is not working at Brayton studies, Eli spends much of her time on archeology digs in Mexico and Italy.

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ROY NORSTER - COMBUSTION SPECIALIST:

ROY NORSTER

Roy has over 40 years experience in the design and development of gas turbine combustors, industrial combustion applications. He has extensive experience in the design and analysis of burners, heat exchangers, and steam boilers for power plants. From 1973 to 1977 Roy worked at NREC, as Manager of Applied Sciences, leading major projects in the areas of catalytic combustion, and low emission combustors for such clients as NASA and the US Airforce. In 1977 he formed Norster Combustion Research, expanding his work on gas turbine combustors with projects for Engelhard, Solar Turbines, Westinghouse Corp, IHI, Dresser-Rand, ADL, Hauge International, Fern Engineering and NREC. During his long association with NREC he made major contributions towards CFD applied to combustor reacting flows. As a long-time collaborator with Arthur Lefebvre, Roy authored NREC’s comprehensive Design and Development of Gas Turbine Combustors Handbooks, which evolved into Gas Turbine Combustion, (McGraw-Hill,1983) by Arthur Lefebvre. From 1990 to 1997, Roy worked for European Gas Turbines, taking responsibility for the introduction of dry low NOx combustors for their line of small gas turbines (1- 8 MW), and the implementation of advanced CFD techniques. In 1996 he was awarded the Fellden Prize for Design and Innovation, and was a Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award Finalist. Returning to Norster Combustion in 1997, Roy led the development of the NREC/Ingersoll-Rand microturbine combustors, providing the enabling technical insights behind the success of this line of ultra-low emission combustors. Recently, Roy has provided significant contributions to the development of combustors for new gas turbine engines by OPRA and MANN. Roy continues to be a lecturer at Cranfield University, where he earned his MS degree.

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DAVID GORDON WILSON - GAS TURBINES CONSULTANT:

DAVID GORDON WILSON

Dave Wilson was born and educated in Warwickshire, England. He first
crossed the Atlantic in 1953, working his way to Canada in the engine room of a cargo
boat. In 1955 he was awarded a post-doctoral Commonwealth-Fund fellowship
for study and research at MIT and Harvard. After working in the turbine
industry in Britain he taught for two years in Nigeria and worked briefly
with the VSOs (the British precursor of the Peace Corps) in the Cameroons.
For six years before coming to MIT he was technical director and vice
president of NREC, a Massachusetts R&D organization.
At MIT Dave Wilson has taught engineering design, including turbomachinery
design, and applied thermodynamics, and supervised research into
power-and-propulsion topics and design areas. Since retiring in 1994 he
has been interim head of the Office of Minority Education and faculty
director of the MITES program: Minority Introduction to Engineering and
Science.
In 2001 some MIT associates and he founded Wilson TurboPower to develop some highly efficient regenerators and turbines based on MIT patents .
Dave is a keen hiker and bicyclist.
The books he has authored or co-authored include:
-Human-powered vehicles (with Allan Abbott);
-Gas-turbine regenerators (with Doug Beck);
-The design of high-efficiency turbomachinery and gas turbines (second edition with T. P. Korakianitis);
-The design of gas-turbine engines;
-Health effects of fossil-fuel burning (with Richard Wilson et al);
-Bicycling Science (three editions);
-Handbook of solid-waste management; and
-The treatment and management of urban solid waste.