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PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS


The scientific consultants listed below provide expertise in multiple disciplines; analytical techniques available include optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy/electron dispersive spectroscopy (SEM/EDS), infrared spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectroscopy (MS), gas chromatography (GC), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Several other sophisticated definitive techniques are also available, if the situation warrants these.


Current Consultants

 
BUDINGER, Phyllis .................................................. Analytical Chemist
  M.S. in Organic Chemistry, Miami University--1964
  Research Scientist for BP/Amoco Oil Company (previously Standard Oil) for 35 years, with specialized experience in petroleum, chemical & polymer analyses using spectroscopic techniques (IR, NMR).
Working knowledge of most other analytical techniques.
Currently: Technical Director, Frontier Analysis, Ltd. Laboratory --
Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

 
CONRAD, Diane L. ................................................................ Geologist
  M.S. in Geological Sciences and Clay Chemistry,State University
of New York (SUNY)--1984
  State Geologist at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, 1991-1995; Director of Environmental Programs for Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Olympic Winter Games, 2002.
Currently: President, Maka Cante Associates -- Tucson, Arizona.

 
EBERL, Dr. Dennis D. ..................................... Geologist/Minerologist
  Ph.D in Geochemistry, Case Western Reserve University - 1971
Writing/Geology, Syracuse University - 9/66 to 6/67
BA in Geology, Dartmouth College -1965
  Previous professional positions include: Project Chief, Minerals-Water Reactions Project (1981-2011) at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Boulder, Colorado; Assistant and then Associate Professor, Geology (l975-l981), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Assistant Professor, Geology (1974-l975), Northern Illinois University.

Memberships in Professional Societies include President (1993) of the Clay Minerals Society; member, Mineralogical Society of America; Councilor, Assoc. International pour l'etude ds Argilles, and others. Dr. Eberl has also rendered scientific judgement as Associate Editor of multiple scientific publications, including Geologica Carpathicas, Clays (1992-2000), Applied Clay Science (1984-2000), Clays & Clay Minerals (1978-1986), the J. Sedimentary Petrology (1978-1981), and written reviews for the NSF, Geology, Science, American Mineralogist, etc. He has also held various Visiting Professorships, including Visiting geochemist at Caltech (Spring, 2000), and holds several patents. He was the Brindley lecturer for The Clay Minerals Society (1993) and is author or co-author of well over 100 papers published in mainstream peer-reviewed science journals.
Currently: Emeritus scientist, U.S.G.S.

 
IYENGAR, Dr. Sampath S. .............................. Geochemist/Mineralogist
  Ph.D in Materials Chemistry/Mineralogy, VA Tech--1980
M.S. in Soil Physical Chemistry, VA Tech--1972
  Materials Science specialist, with strong background in the analytical characterization of materials. Developed XRD method for characterization and analysis of pharmaceutical compounds in multi-component mixtures.
Currently: Analytical Manager, Technology of Materials Laboratory --
Wildomar, California.

 
KASHER, Dr. John C. (Jack) ..................................................... Physicist
  Ph.D in Physics, Boston College -1970
M.S. in Physics, Boston College -1967
  Physics Faculty, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1969-2001
Peter Kiewit Distinguished Professor, 1981-1987
Excellence in Teaching Award, 1985
Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, 1986
Consultant and Summer Employee, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,1975-1992, specializing in electromagnetic theory, EMP, microwave radiation, electron beams.
Worked on the Star Wars Defense System.
NASA’s Jove Initiative Program, 1991-1998, specializing in supergranules
on the surface of the sun.
Currently: Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Nebraska at Omaha

 
RAGHAVAN, Dr. Ravi ............................ Chemical Engineer/Statistician
  Ph.D in Chemical Engineering,Purdue University--1978
(specializing in Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation of Processes)
  Leader of Unit Operations, Project "Aspen," M.I.T., 1979
Senior Systems Engineer, BF Goodrich, 1980 - 1997
Extensive training (Black Belt Six Sigma) in Applied Statistics.
Currently: President, Raghavan & Associates, Inc. -- Cleveland, Ohio.

 
SCHILD, Dr.Rudolph E. ................................. Astronomer/Astrophysicist
 

PhD in Astrophysics, University of Chicago--1966
M.S. in Physics, University of Chicago--1963

 

Previous positions include: Research Fellow, Mt. Wilson/Palomar
Observatories; Scientific Director, 60" Telescope Program, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Lecturer , Harvard University.
Professional Societies: American Astronomical Society (1965)
and the International Astronomical Union (1969 ), where he
is a member of Commission 29 (Stellar Spectra), Commission
45 (Stellar Classification), and Commission 51 (Bioastronomy:
Search for Extraterrestrial Life).
Currently: Astronomer, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA.


 
STEARMAN, DR. ROBERT O. .............................. Aeronautical Engineer
  Ph.D in Aeronautical Engineering, Cal Tech--1961
M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, Cal Tech--1956
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State Univ.--1955
  In addition to teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in reliability, unsteady aerodynamics, random vibrations, aeroelasticity and structural dynamics since 1963, Professor Stearman has worked with the Boeing Co. as an Aerodynamist and as a Senior Analyst in the Mathematics and Physics Division of the Midwest Research Institute. His consulting experience includes work for the Air Force and several D.O.D.-funded programs at wind tunnel research facilities at NASA Ames and NASA Langley and at Air Force-owned AEDC facilities. Most of this work involved research on aeroelastic-related phenomena. Dr. Stearman has published multiple papers in refereed journals and is an active member of several professional societies, including the AIAA, ASA, SAE, ASEE and the EAA.
Currently: Bettie Margaret Smith Professor of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Dept., University of Texas at Austin.


Previous Consultants

John A. Burke (1951-2010)

John Burke, our friend and fellow explorer, and one of the three original members of the BLT Research Team, has died. He will be missed, but his contributions remain.
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William C. Levengood (1925 - 2013)

"Lefty" Levengood, the Michigan biophysicist whose pioneering research into the causative energies which create crop circles, and one of the three original members of the BLT Research Team, has died. He leaves us with a stronger foundation upon which to build an expanded understanding of "reality."
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REITER, Nicholas A. ........................................... SEM/EDS Technician
  Associate Degree (2-yr.) in Applied Sciences--1983
(Terra Technical College, Fremont, Ohio)
  Since1984 has worked in fields of engineering technology, vacuum technology, thin films and high-temperature semiconductor chemistry. Also works on research projects in association with the McMaster Foundation for Gravity Research. Nick worked in the capacity of scientist at First Solar LLC in Toledo until his death in 2013.

 
REYNOLDS, Dr. Robert C., Jr. .................... Geologist/Clay Mineralogist
  Ph.D in Geology, Washington University--1955
B.A. in Geology, Lafayette College--1951
Asc.A. in Chemistry, Keystone Junior College--1949
  Roebling Medal Recipient of the Mineralogical Society of America, 2000;
Frederick Hall Chair of Mineralogy, Dartmouth College, 1989-1997;
President, Clay Minerals Society, 1991-1992;
Chairman, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, 1983-86;
Dr. Reynold's was Frederick Hall Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, Emeritus, Dartmouth College, until his death in December, 2004 and was a world-recognized expert in X-ray diffraction analysis of finely-dispersed layer compounds and, particularly, of clay minerals.

 
ROLL, Dr. William ..................................................... Parapsychologist
  Ph.D, Parapsychology, Lund University (Sweden)--1989
M.Litt, Oxford University (England)--1957
B.A., University of California at Berkeley--1949
  Roll joined the staff of the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University in 1957, working under Dr. J.B. Rhine until 1964. He has authored more than 100 scientific papers, edited eleven volumes of Research in Para-psychology, and written three books. In 1996 he received the "Distinguished Career in Parapsychology" award from the Parapsychological Association and in 2002 was awarded the "Dinsdale Memorial Award" for his investigations of R.S.P.K.
Dr. Roll was Adjunct Professor of Parapsychology State University of West Georgia, until his death in January, 2012.


 

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