Dr. James L. Gilbert
Dr. Gilbert is the Chief Scientist of Metatech Corporation and is active in the development and use of analytic and numerical techniques to model electromagnetic and plasma effects produced by nuclear and natural radiation. Much of his work over the last 30 years has dealt with the protection of military systems from the EMP effects produced by nuclear explosions. He is the principal developer of the HEMPTAPS and SREMPTAPS codes, used by numerous U. S. government agencies to evaluate EMP environments and coupling to military systems. He is presently active in the development of the Metatech PowerCast code which uses ground magnetometer data and satellite predictions of the auroral currents to predict the effects of solar storms on large power distribution networks. At Mission Research Corporation, he was manager of the Electromagnetics Division and, as an Air Force officer, was a research physicist with the Satellite and Communications Branch at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory (now the Air Force Research Laboratory) and a guest scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Gilbert attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics. He was elected an EMP Fellow in 1992 and has received two Best EMP Paper Awards from the Summa Foundation.
John G. Kappenman
John G. Kappenman is a 1976 graduate in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University. After graduation, he joined Minnesota Power (1977-1998). In 1998 he joined Metatech as the Manager of the Applied Power Solutions Division. He directs the development of products, services, and consulting that are provided to clientele worldwide, primarily focusing on lightning and Space Weather impacts on electric utilities.