Jim Beall

Jim Beall

     Scientist


Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Civilian experience includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). Assignments at the USNRC include reactor inspector, inspection team leader, safety analyst, and reactor policy assistant to three different Presidential-appointed different USNRC Commissioners while earning the agency’s Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards.



Duties of those policy-level posts included substantial research into alternative and speculative energy sources, as well as energy forecasts. Some of those other sources were coal, oil, hydro, geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, fracking, space-based, heavy water reactors, breeder reactors, fusion, and even anti-matter.



Coauthor of Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) paper, "Ecological Engineering Considerations for ISU's Worldship Project." Baen Books (baen.com) has published five of his non-fiction articles:



- "Our Worldship Broke!"

- "Case Studies in Handwavium"

- "From Corvus to Keyhole -- Shipyards: Past, Present, and Science Fiction"

- "Radium Girls of Science and Science Fiction"

- "Grid Wars: Innovation, Feuds, Rivalry, and Revenge in the Never-ending Battle to Electrify America and the Planet"






Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Jim Beall

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 03:00PM Homo Stellaris: Becoming the People of the Stars

What will humans become as we begin to develop an interplanetary and interstellar society? Join Editors Les Johnson and Rob Hampson and their contributing authors to the upcoming fiction/nonfiction anthology "Homo Stellaris" for a discussion of potential changes to human society, psychology, biology and genetics in support of interstellar exploration and colonization.

Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff

Event
CC: Ballroom E
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Tales from the Grid
Jim Beall regales us with "Tales from the Grid" - Traces America's electrification, including inventions, feuds, rivalries, and revenge from Edison to today, and from P. T. Barnum's mighty elephant to California's threatening duck, with over 50 slides and videos.
Presentation
CC: Meeting Room 5
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM The First Lunar Base - What It Might Look Like
Gray Rinehart moderates this panel on what it might take to make the first permanent settlement on our nearest celestial neighbor a reality.
Sat 11:00AM The Xenoarcheology Roadshow

Jody Lynn Nye (Mod.) Our colleagues from the University of Antares shipped us a fresh crate of alien artifacts, all in need of identification. Can you decipher their true use?

Sat 02:00PM The Future of Power Generation

Jay Roye will moderate this panel discussion on the future of power generation, to include traditional and alternative fuels, and non-traditional approaches to generation used in the third world. 

Panel
CC: Meeting Room 7
(60 min)
Sat 04:00PM Ancient Technologies and Ancient Civilizations
Dr. Arlan Andrews will moderate this discussion on ancient technologies and civilizations lost to antiquity.
Sat 09:00PM Evil Scientists for a Better Tomorrow!
Panelists discuss their favorite Mad Genius/Evil Scientist characters from fiction, and discuss the best ways to foil the hero and prevent an ignominious end! Jack Clemons, Mod.
Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable

Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.

Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch

Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros

Event
M: Tennessee River Room
Michael J. Allen
Arlan Andrews
Steve Antczak
Lou Antonelli
Charity Ayres
Jonathan David Baird
Griffin Barber
Paul Barrett
Jim Beall
J. D. Beckwith
David Bogen
Karen Bogen
Scott Bragg
Brett Brooks
Douglas Burbey
David L. Burkhead
David (D.J.) Butler
Joseph Capdepon II
Anna Grace Carpenter
Rachel Cates
Jack Clemons
Julie Cochrane
David B. Coe / D. B. Jackson
Brian Cooksey
Jason Cordova
Bridget Correia
Larry Correia
Terry Culver
Jim Curtis
Doug Dandridge
Dr. Ben Davis
Jonathan Del Arroz
Kary English
Karen Evans
Kevin Evans
Robert S. Evans
Kacey Ezell
Eric Flint
Monalisa Foster
A. M. Freeman
Julie Frost
Karl Gallagher
Melissa Gay
Amie Gibbons
Peter Grant
Michael H. Hanson
Jonna Hayden
Louise Herring-Jones
Taylor S Hoch
Dan Hollifield
John Holmes
Teresa Howard
Rob Howell
Daniel M. Hoyt
Sarah A. Hoyt
Daniel Humphreys
Kevin Ikenberry
Steve Jackson
Bryan Jones
J.D. Jordan
Cecilia Star Kachina
Chris Kennedy
Dorothy Klapp
Tom Kratman
L. Jagi Lamplighter
Dina Leacock
D. Alan Lewis
Doug Loss
Tamara Lowery
Terry Maggert
Amanda Makepeace
Geoffrey Mandragora
Mike Massa
Edward McKeown
Megan Miller
Jim Minz
Nan Monroe
Laura Montgomery
Anita Moore
Nico Murray
Jon R. Osborne
David E. Pascoe
Mike Resnick
Gray Rinehart
William Joseph Roberts
Jay Roye
Philip Paul Sacco
Cedar Sanderson
Hans G. Schantz
Dave Schroeder
Julia Morgan Scott
Lydia Sherrer
Martin Shoemaker
Stephen J. Simmons
Benjamin Tyler Smith
Cathe Smith
Chris Smith
Andrew Souvinette
Kal Spriggs
Melisa Todd
Tiffany Toland-Scott
John Van Stry
Justin Watson
Toni Weisskopf
Rich Weyand
Dawn Witzke
Marisa Wolf
Chris Woods
John Wright
James Young
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM Ask A Scientist - Kids Edition
Dr. Robert E. Hampson moderates this Q&A for kids across a broad array of sciences.
 
 
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