David Woodford has a Ph.D. and a D.Sc from the University of Birmingham in England. He worked for GE in both the Turbine Technology Laboratory and in the Corporate R&D Center. From 1986 to 1994 he was Professor of Materials Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has published over one hundred and twenty papers in the general area of materials for energy conversion systems and has given numerous invited talks. Dr. Woodford is President, MPa, Inc. in Santa Barbara and Visiting Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara.