Eric is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, and recently co-published, with Marc Millis, the book Frontiers of Propulsion Science. Eric’s lifetime mentor was Bob Forward, who was a renowned physicist and science fiction writer. Eric earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Arizona (1991), and his dissertation research focused on the Io Plasma Torus at Jupiter while working on the Voyager 1 & 2 missions, giving him a solid foundation in nuclear fusion and plasma physics. He also earned a B.Sc. in physics and mathematics from the University of Arizona (1983) and an A.A. in liberal arts from Phoenix College (1981). Eric has further space mission experience including the Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS) mission (1984-85), ASUSat-1 (1990), and space theater reconnaissance in South Korea (USAF & U.S. Forces Korea, 1995-96). As part of his Ph.D research he was involved in research on antiproton annihilation propulsion. Eric’s current research specialization includes breakthrough propulsion physics, general relativity and quantum field theories, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), spacecraft exploration of the outer solar system, and space mission engineering.
Eric is currently employed as a Senior Research Physicist at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. He is also the CEO/Chief Scientist of Warp Drive Metrics, and has provided contract services to the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. He was also a technical contributor and consultant to the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program.
Eric authored an award winning paper on the quantum vacuum zero-point energy (Space Technology & Applications International Forum 2007), and authored several papers and reports on traversable wormholes, warp drives, laser propulsion, teleportation physics and advanced propulsion concepts. He has been twice recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics for outstanding contributions to national defense and space public policy. Eric is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, member of the New York Academy of Sciences, member of the American Astronomical Society, member of the Directed Energy Professional Society, and lifetime member of the American Institute of Beamed Energy Propulsion.