As a child, I was always fascinated by innovations and innovators. Every scientific kit my folks gifted me I would turn into something dangerous, but amusing. Early on, I understood that disruptive technologies were worthless without the human factor.
I met Terrance Yee, Black Sun’s founder, in my freshman year at UCLA. Some may find it hard to imagine a psychology student becoming close friends with an engineering type, but it happens. I spent more time in the engineering department than any of my psych classmates, and I was always there to provide a sounding board for Terrance, especially while I was piloting our record-setting freeway races across southern California (unsanctioned).
After college, I went off to manage teams of IT engineers at Compuserve and then Microsoft, while Terrance got busy launching satellites, managing to lower the cost of space access in a huge way.
I came on board Black Sun a few years ago, while I was living in Moscow. When told about our first project, I again instantly felt the fusion of technology and humanity that exemplifies the best qualities inherent in a solid business plan.
I see my role in Black Sun as helping make sure that that optimal combination of science and human factors is actualized, serving as a counterparty to everyone involved, from the government level to our eventual buyers and investors to people like the rest of us reading this right now. My duty is to free up our engineers’ time so they can concentrate on design optimizations.
I’ve worked with some brilliant people, and I have to say that the Black Sun Planetary Solutions team is simply top-notch on every level. In Star Trek terms, I feel like Bones on an Enterprise full of Scottys with Spock driving. Every member is not only exceptional in her or his technical specialty, but also passionate about the project, the planet, and the future. Everyone is always interested in learning and sharing knowledge, which makes our team quite scary in a good way.
In Ramona, California, we’re building our first CSP solar power plant, not only to prove that our concept works, but that we can cost-effectively scale it to Utility size. By “cost-effectively,” I mean: imagine that renewable power plants can cost less per megawatt to build than coal or gas resource-burners. Additionally, without depending on government subsidies. Human factors dictate that in such a scenario, industry evolution is inevitable.
My hobbies include working, hiking and wilderness camping, especially with my little girl. Nature provides a parent a backdrop to teach a child so many things — beauty, science, chaos, life, death, respect for the gifts of God and Earth, and most importantly, faith.
At BSPS, I’m thrilled to be both a part of history, and a part of our children’s brighter tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s innovators are watching us today.