Once in a while, if you watch carefully, you will notice that someone you know is a future-altering genius. But when that same mild-mannered friend gets quoted in a gushingly positive article in Popular Mechanics, you do a double-take.
I met Jose (that's Dr. Reyes to you) at a smallish church in Corvallis while in school for computer engineering. This friendly, positive, and encouraging guy was a deacon in the church (over what responsibility, I'm not sure I never knew). He led singing at the church once in a while, and was always interested in what was going on in the college ministry, despite the fact that (when I was there), his kids were in elementary school and junior high.
Over the years, his daughter married my best friend. She now leads singing at our church. And the humble, song-leading deacon from the Circle Church of Christ turns out to be not only the head of the nuclear engineering department at Oregon State University but also a co-founder of a startup energy company poised to change the face of American energy.
You can read the details of his remarkable (and portable!) micro-reactor core at the Popular Mechanics site. The guys there seemed very pleased with the implications of his design, and surprisingly, the public comments on the article are also substantially positive. Ain't that a switch?
I guarantee the next few years will see an explosion of electric and electric-assisted cars. You are going to own one. And I have a feeling that the energy which pushes the electrons around in that battery pack under the hood is going to come from Dr. Reyes' brainchild.
(Here is some more information on NuScale and its competitors...)