WE ARE OUR PEOPLE
The Starfire team brings a strong background of experience and knowledge to all projects.
We have four PhDs in nuclear and plasma engineering and a number of engineers from electrical, mechanical, materials and aerospace fields.
Backgrounds include machine shop fabrication, welding, missile defense, business administration, project management, design for manufacturing, ultra high vacuum systems, high voltage, computer simulation, fluid flow, control systems, archaeology, creative writing and even culinary school.
BRIAN JURCZYK Dr. Jurczyk holds a dual PhD/MBA degree with background in aerospace, nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering and technology commercialization. As President, Brian works to find creative win-win solutions with commercial and industrial partners for particularly challenging applications - at all stages of value creation from basic IP development through early-stage manufacturing. In 2012-13, Brian received the Innovation Celebration "Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award," was named to Central Illinois Business' "40-under-40" and is Chairperson of the Champaign-Urbana CEO Roundtable.
ROBERT STUBBERS Dr. Stubbers has a Masters and PhD in Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering focusing in plasmas, electromagnetics and radiation transport. As the Vice President and CTO of Starfire Industries, Robert specializes in electromagnetics and electronics as they relate to plasmas. He also serves as the primary consultant for early stage research and technology development. While at Starfire, Dr. Stubbers has pioneered many innovative ion source technologies, including developing our compact neutron generator.
DARREN ALMAN Dr. Alman holds MS and PhD degrees in Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering from the University of Illinois, with a focus on plasmas and plasma-material interactions relevant to fusion energy research and semiconductor processing. He heads the computer modeling and simulation arm of Starfire Industries, managing and developing software for the simulation of plasmas, ion optics, radiation transport (e.g. moderator, collimator and shielding design), radiation detection, processing and analysis of radiographic images, electronic circuits, electromagnetics and microwave coupling.
MATT COVENTRY Dr. Coventry has a PhD in Nuclear Engineering with an emphasis on ion-surface interactions. As an experimental Research Engineer at Starfire, Matt works on neutron generator development over many platforms and analyzes applications of neutron generators working with existing and potential customers. Matt designed, built and tested ion beam diagnostics for high atomic-ion fraction ion sources and performs gamma and neutron detection and spectroscopy for materials analysis and neutron spectrum analysis. He leads development of advanced target film deposition techniques for high-efficiency, long-lived neutron generator targets.