Title: Retired Nuclear Engineer
Location: Malibu, California, United States
Frank Joseph Thomas, Retired Nuclear Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nuclear engineering.
With an early affinity for math and an older brother who was headed in the direction of engineering, Mr. Thomas became interested in the field of nuclear engineering. With this choice, he has gone on to have such achievements as developing and operating the first closed-cycle gas turbine plant in the United States. Early in his career, Mr. Thomas worked as an engineer for Sandia Corp. From 1957 to 1964, he brought his talents to the manager position of the engineering division at Aerojet General. Following this, he was the Director of the Nuclear Program at the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From there, he became a senior scientist at Rand Corp. until 1971. From 1971 until his retirement in 1998, he served as the Chairman of Pacific-Sierra Research Corp.
Mr. Thomas prepared for a career in this industry by first earning a BSEE at the University of Idaho in 1952. He continued his academic pursuits receiving a Master of Science at the University of California in 1957. For his work, he received the Master Design Award from the Product Engineering Magazine in 1963 and in 1967 he received a Secretary of Defense Award. He served on the Clear Sky Panel with the US Air Force from 1967 to 1973. In 1971, he published “Evasive Foreign Nuclear Testing.” Earlier in 1961, he published “Blackjack Strategy.” Among these publications he has contributed to numerous articles and professional journals. In his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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