Jim Beall

Jim Beall


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 04:00PM Ask A Scientist - Kids Edition

Dr. Robert E. Hampson moderates this Q&A for kids across a broad array of sciences.

Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff and listen to our Guests of Honor speak!

CC: Meeting Rooms 4 & 5
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM Warships of Sea and Space: Form Follows Function Follows Technology
Nuclear engineer Jim Beall - using many images and videos - traces how the shapes both of historical ships and fictional spacecraft have always depended on technology.
CC: Meeting Room 6
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM The Future of Power Storage Technologies

David Bogen will moderate this panel discussion on the future of power storage technologies, to include traditional and alternative fuels.

CC: Meeting Room 6
(60 min)
Sat 09:00PM Nuclear Weapons 101

Ken Roy moderates this panel discussion on Nuclear Weaponry, Radiation and nuclear effects. 

Sat 10:00PM "Art in Science or the Science in Art?"

An engineer presents images and videos.  Are they Art?  Or are they Science? The artist's make their ruling and then announce the results.  Arguments will ensue!

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.

Sun 02:00PM Changes in the Power Infrastructure

Jay Roye moderates this panel on the US and Global Power Infrastructure and how it is evolving.

CC: Meeting Room 6
(60 min)
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