Key People

Rolf (a.k.a. Rif) Miles Olsen, PhD, founder of Two Planet Steel and author of the Steel Seeds Plan to Start Human Settlement of Mars (the Steel Seeds Plan for short). He was previously the Principal Investigator for a California Energy Commission funded thermal energy storage project for renewable electricity generation and simultaneously worked on high temperature heat recuperation for gas turbines. He was a scientist at UC San Diego for several years where he applied artificial intelligence techniques and big data to study the evolution of protein sequences and the Eukaryotic Tree of Life. His basic scientific education was in physics at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley. He invented the widely used Island Method for statistical assessments of sequence alignments. He has several patents pending and has been cited over a thousand times.

Professor Vassiliy Lubchenko, special science advisor to Two Planet Steel. Vas Lubchenko is a professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Houston. Professor Lubchenko's research interests include strongly disordered and non-equilibrium systems, with specific applications to materials science, molecular electronics, and biophysics. Professor Lubchenko was a 2008 Beckman Young Investigator, 2011-2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and also received a 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.