Kirk Sorensen is a founder of Flibe Energy and currently serves as President and Chief Technical Officer. Kirk has been a public advocate for thorium energy and liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) technology for many years. He founded the weblog “Energy From Thorium” which has been the platform for the international grassroots effort to revive research and development of fluoride-based reactors. Prior to founding Flibe Energy, he served as Chief Nuclear Technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering and with their support has pushed advance consideration of thorium. Previous to that, Kirk worked for ten years at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center spending the last two of those years on assignment to the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Kirk has briefed many senior military and civilian decision makers on LFTR technology and its compelling advantages, including its potential use in portable modular reactors for the US military. Kirk graduated with a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where his research specialties included hypersonic aerothermodynamics and multidisciplinary design optimization. He also graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University and is currently completing an advanced degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee under Dr. Laurence Miller. Kirk has been a prominent advocate for thorium energy with regular speaking engagements and media interviews including Google Tech Talks, Thorium Energy Alliance conferences and the recent International Thorium Energy Organization conference in London, England.