2013 Starship Congress Speaker Announcement – Dr Harold “Sonny” White: “Warp Field Physics: An Update”

NASA scientist Dr Harold “Sonny” White has been confirmed as 1st keynote speaker for Icarus Interstellar’s Starship Congress event this summer. Titled “Warp Field Physics: An Update,” Dr White’s further development on his provocative 2011 “Warp Field Mechanics 101” paper as well as his 2012 “Warp Field Mechanics 102” symposium presentation is already speculated to be one the most highly anticipated occasions at the upcoming exotic-physics-and-space-future summit.

Dr. Harold “Sonny” White has over 15 years of aerospace industry experience with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and NASA. He currently serves as the Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate and is the JSC representative to the Nuclear Systems Working Group. He is also pursuing theoretical and laboratory research on developing lower TRL advanced propulsion and power technologies in the advanced propulsion physics laboratory known as Eagleworks, located at JSC.

Dr. White’s talk “Warp Field Physics: An Update” will review the space warp energy optimization techniques and analysis findings presented at the 2012 100 Year Starship Symposium. He will reintroduce and discuss an interferometer experiment identified in that talk and provide a status update of the experimental effort, along with a discussion of upcoming activities, and additional testing techniques and approaches. Finally, Dr. White will provide a modification of the original Matthew Jeffries XCV Enterprise artwork for the original Star Trek series, and discuss the differences to help articulate the math and physics findings at the beginning of the talk.

He was recently featured in the April 2013 Popular Science article “Warp Factor”, focused on his work at Eagleworks, specifically on advanced concepts around faster-than-light travel.

Dr. White holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Rice University, a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University, and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of South Alabama. He has worked with members of academia, industry, and government to further grow this area of research resulting in many published papers, presentations, development and study of physics models, engineering tools, and the implementation and execution of multiple high fidelity experimental efforts.

While serving as the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System Manager during Return to Flight, he was awarded the NASA Medal For Excellence in Achievement by the Administrator for his role in getting the Thermal Protection System robotic inspection tools built, delivered and certified to support the STS-114 mission. He was recognized by the crew office with a Silver Snoopy Award for his unwavering commitment to safety and mission success demonstrated by his actions in the discovery and disposition of critical damage to the robotic arm prior to the STS-121 mission. He has also received the Spaceflight Awareness Honoree award for the STS-122 mission, one of the highest, most prestigious awards available to employees of NASA.

Dr. White’s talk “Warp Field Physics: An Update” will review the space warp energy optimization techniques and analysis findings presented at the 2012 100 Year Starship Symposium. He will reintroduce and discuss an interferometer experiment identified in that talk and provide a status update of the experimental effort, along with a discussion of upcoming activities, and additional testing techniques and approaches. Finally, Dr. White will provide a modification of the original Matthew Jeffries XCV Enterprise artwork for the original Star Trek series, and discuss the differences to help articulate the math and physics findings at the beginning of the talk.

 

Dr. Harold “Sonny” White

 

Dr. Harold

Image credit: Popular Science