About Us

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Founding Team

Our History, Our Vision

Kairos Power seeks to combine existing technologies in new and novel ways. Writing in Foreign Affairs in 2014, the founders of Kairos Power described the deficit in nuclear energy technology innovation that has slowed progress in nuclear energy over the last six decades.

Mike Laufer

Co-Founder

Dr. Michael Laufer is the Chief Executive Officer for Kairos Power and is responsible for high level strategy and operations within the company. Prior to co-founding Kairos Power, Dr. Laufer was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley where his research included work in reactor safety, design, licensing, and code validation for advanced non-light water reactors. His technical expertise includes experimental and discrete-element simulation methods for granular flows relevant to pebble-bed nuclear reactors. Dr. Laufer has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors in International Security Studies from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Ed Blandford

Co-Founder

Dr. Edward Blandford is the Chief Technology Officer for Kairos Power. He is currently on leave from the University of New Mexico where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is responsible for technology development and licensing at Kairos Power. Prior to the University of New Mexico, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He also worked for several years as a project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute focusing on steam generator thermal-hydraulics and material degradation management. Dr. Blandford has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Per Peterson

Co-Founder

Dr. Per Peterson is the consultant and Senior Technical Advisor for Kairos Power. He holds the William and Jean McCallum Floyd Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is expert in topics related to high-temperature fission energy systems, as well as topics related to the safety and security of nuclear materials and waste management. He participated in the development of the Generation IV Roadmap in 2002 as a member of the Evaluation Methodology Group, and co-chairs its Proliferation Resistance and Physical Protection Working Group. His research in the 1990's contributed to the development of the passive safety systems used in the GE ESBWR and Westinghouse AP1000 reactor designs. With Charles Forsberg and Paul Pickard, in 2003 he proposed the FHR concept of a molten-salt cooled, solid fueled reactor.