Two Planet Steel Team


Rif Miles Olsen


Dr. Olsen founded Two Planet Steel and wrote "The Steel Seeds Plan to Start Human Settlement of Mars" in 2016. In 2017 he won a seminal NASA contract for steel-making on Mars. He was previously the Principal Investigator for a renewable energy storage project, and a scientist at UC San Diego, where he applied artificial intelligence techniques to study the evolution of protein sequences and the Eukaryotic Tree of Life. His basic scientific education was in physics at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.


David Dickson


David Dickson recently joined the Two Planet Steel team from the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations (GMRO) laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, where he worked under a cooperative agreement with Georgia Tech. At GMRO he focused on computer control and simulation of robotic mining, and at Georgia Tech on pilot behavior in air transport environments.




Dmitri Terekhov


Dr. Terekhov has 25 years experience in carbonyl technologies. This includes 15 years as Senior Vice-President of R&D at CVMR (Chemical Vapour Metal Refining) Inc. While at CVMR he worked on projects for the U.S. Depts. of Defense, Energy and Treasury, including processing toxic nuclear material at Oak Ridge. He developed carbonyl processing for extracting cobalt, nickel, and iron from laterite ores. In 2006, he presented a talk to the Mars Society on the use of carbonyl chemistry for the extraction of metals from raw ores.


Thomas Steucken


Mr. Steucken has over 29 years experience as a builder of research engines for Michigan automobile companies, pyrolysis reactors and much else. He is an expert at building “optical engines,” for engine combustion research. His list of past clients includes: General Motors, Borg Warner, Chrysler, Delphi, Ford, Hyundai, Mid-Michigan Research, RecycleTech, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.