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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Robert E. Fishman, Ph.D., P.E.

Distinguished Visiting Professor
McNeill Chair in Engineering
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
(410) 293-6407
Fax (410) 293-3041


University of Maryland (1977-1980)
Doctor of Philosophy, in Mechanical Engineering
Dissertation: “The Rapid Depressurization of Initially Saturated Fluids from Pressure Vessels”.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975-1977)
Degree of Mechanical Engineer
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering

United States Naval Academy (1969-1973)
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering 
Trident Scholar Project: “The External Aerodynamics of Surface Effect Vehicles”.

Power Generation - Engineering, Construction, Operations, and Management
Renewable Energy, Energy Economics, and Power Grid Operations
Systems Integration, Optimization, and Reliability
Two-phase flow and Thermal Hydraulics
Project and Program Management
Technical and Business Management

President and Chief Executive Officer; Vice Chairman, NAES Corporation 2013-2020
Chief Operating Officer, General Atomics                                     2011-2012
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ausra (AREVA Solar)       2007-2011 
Executive Vice President, Operations, Calpine Corporation         2005-2007
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Calpine Corporation            2001-2004
President, PB Power, Inc.                                                             1995-2001
Senior Vice President, PB Power, Inc.                                          1991-1994
Vice President, PB Power, Inc.                                                     1987-1991
Principal, FMC Associates                                                            1982-1987
Section Manager/Supervising Engineer, EDS Nuclear                1981-1982
United States Navy, Surface Warfare Officer                               1973-1981

Board Director, Decision Sciences International Corporation     2018-Present
Board Director, Century Aluminum Company                              2002-2011

Private pilot: Instrument, Single Engine Land and Sea Airplane. Total flight hours: over 3,200 in 15 different aircraft. 
National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA - Introduction to Fixed Wing Performance & Flying Qualities Flight Testing Course     (1997).
Qualified as SSBN Diving Officer of the Watch (1972).
Registered Professional Engineer (multiple states).

Numerous presentations on:
  • Engineering, economic, and environmental related energy topics as well as project management and safety programs.
  • Space exploration, World War Two aviation, and Naval history topics.

Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
USNA Alumni Association; Trustee, Puget Sound chapter 
US Naval Institute

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