Eric has 33 years of combined experience in Aerospace Physics and Astronomy/Astrophysics, Space Mission Analysis and Design Engineering disciplines, Scientific and Technical Intelligence, initiating and managing advanced high-risk and high-payoff research programs and special projects. He has practical experience in astronomical and spacecraft systems, instrumentation, and observational techniques. His research specializations include breakthrough propulsion physics for interstellar flight, beamed energy propulsion, space nuclear power and propulsion, directed energy weapons, and future and transformational technology.
While in graduate school, he worked on the ESA-NASA Infrared Astronomical Satellite mission and the Voyager 1 and 2 flyby missions of Uranus and Neptune while also doing his Ph.D. research on the flyby missions of Jupiter. In 1993-1996, Eric was a technical advisor to the ASUSat project in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University, and he was a technical consultant to the 7th Air Force/PACAF regional space operations center in Osan, South Korea while stationed at the 8th Fighter Wing in Kunsan, South Korea. In 1996-2002, he was the Director of Aerospace/Astro Physics at NIDS/Bigelow Aerospace Company, and was a contractor to Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies in 2008-2014. In 2002-2005, he was an advanced concepts contractor to the Air Force Research Lab at Edwards AFB, CA.
Eric is the Chief Science Officer at EarthTech International, Inc. and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin in Austin, TX, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research at Baylor University in Waco, TX. He earned an A.A. in Liberal Arts (1981) from Phoenix College, a B.Sc. in Physics (1983) and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics (1991) from the University of Arizona.