Sutherland, who received his Ph.D from the UW in 2019 focusing on plasma physics and fusion energy, is also an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project. He was recognized as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Energy in 2015 for his work on an economical fusion reactor concept “Dynomak.” “Working with CoMotion and our technology manager Ryan Buckmaster has been instrumental in navigating the complexities of intellectual property and other business development activities,” said Sutherland. “The support we received as scientist-entrepreneurs at UW, with both a CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund grant and from Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mohan Vaghul, was critical in getting our business off the ground. Without this support, it is unlikely CTFusion would be in the position it is today.”
Since 2015, new members have joined the company — Aaron Hossack, (CTO), Chris Ajemian (VP of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs), and Kyle Morgan (Research Scientist) – and all are playing critical roles in helping develop this approach to fusion. Executive Director Andrew Holland notes that, “It is heartening to see that ARPA-E continues to support and encourage the good work of the fusion community. It’s an exciting time in the private fusion community, with over $1 billion in direct investment. We’re looking forward to great things from CTFusion.”
CTFusion is a member of the American Fusion Project run by the American Security Project, a non-profit organization focused on educating the public about the changing nature of national security in the 21st century. CTFusion is also one of 16 members of the Fusion Industry Association. See more about CTFusion in this article in Forbes magazine.