Who We Are
Dr. F. Douglas Witherspoon
President, CEO, Chief Scientist
Over 30 years of outstanding scientific and technology R&D in fusion, pulsed power and related fields, project leadership and management; Current leader of plasma guns and technological research in PJMIF; 25+ years of entrepreneurship and founder/cofounder of three companies. 35 publications.
Mr. Chris Faranetta
Before joining HyperJet Fusion Corporation Mr. Faranetta served as Vice President of New Business Development and member of the board to HyperV Technologies Corp. Prior to joining HyperV in 2008, Mr. Faranetta served as Vice President of Orbital Spaceflight for Space Adventures LTD where he co-developed, sold and managed private crewed missions to the International Space Station. Mr. Faranetta also led the development of a first-ever commercial manned circumlunar mission based on the flight-proven Soyuz TMA manned spacecraft and existing launch vehicles in partnership with the Russian Federal Space Agency.
Dr. Andrew Case
Prior to joining HyperJet Fusion Corporation Dr. Case served as a Senior Scientist with HyperV Technologies Corp. Before joining HyperV in 2005, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the Maryland Centrifugal Experiment (MCX) at the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, University of Maryland College Park. His work on MCX included designing, implementing, fabrication of components and analyzing data from magnetic diagnostics, including magnetic fluctuation probes and diamagnetic loops. Dr. Case received his PhD in plasma physics from the University of Maryland in 2001.
Dr. Samuel Brockington
Dr. Brockington joins HyperJet Fusion Corporation after serving as a Senior Scientist at HyperV Technologies Corp. He has over 10 years’ experience in plasma diagnostics and electronics design for plasma railgun support. Dr. Brockington completed his PhD. with the University of California at Davis working as a Student Employee Graduate Research Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) in 2007. His work at UC Davis/LLNL included developing the deflectometer line-integrated plasma density gradient diagnostic on the Compact Toroid Injection Experiment (CTIX), the upgrade and operation of CTIX, and assisting in the development of the M-spec and Oz-spec X-ray spectrometers. His present research interests include plasma accelerators, plasma diagnostics, and pulsed power design.
Dr. Edward Cruz
Dr. Cruz has many years of research and development experience in multi-discipline technical fields: pulsed and DC electron sources, pulsed and DC plasma sources, high-power microwave technology, coupled oscillator systems, pulsed power systems, advanced materials, circuit design, and computer simulation and modeling. Dr. Cruz has broad interests, with a current focus on Plasma-Jet-Driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion (PJMIF). He has practical experience in systems engineering, project management, business development and CNC machining. Dr. Cruz received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2011.
Ajoke Williams, M.E.
Ms. Williams joined HyperJet Fusion in 2017, as a Hardware Engineer. Ajoke has experience with small signal circuit design, embedded system design, and development of optical subsystems. She received her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Photonics from Johns Hopkins University in 2016, and in 2012 she graduated with a Bachelors in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Marco Luna
Prior to joining the HyperJet Fusion Corporation team Mr. Luna served as an engineering technician at HyperV Technologies Corp. Before joining HyperV Technologies Corp. Mr. Luna worked as an engineering technician at UTRON Inc. from 1997 to 2015. He has a Certificate in Electronics from the Test electronics Institute and has extensively studied mechanical engineering.