Meet the Compact Fusion Systems team


Simon Woodruff
President / Physicist

After 15 years of research into innovative fusion concepts, Dr. Simon Woodruff founded Woodruff Scientific to help accelerate the development of economic fusion energy. Woodruff has performed work under contract to DOE, universities, national labs and to the private sector, building research devices, performing modeling and simulations primarily directed at simply-connected (hence more compact and simpler-to-engineer) fusion systems. Dr. Woodruff has organized national workshops in fusion energy sciences, and is a current participant in two IAEA initiatives on compact fusion neutron sources and private fusion development. Dr. Woodruff is a member of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics and a co-founder of Compact Fusion Systems.

Ronald L. Miller
Economics Lead

Dr. Miller holds a Ph. D. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He worked (1975-1994) as a technical staff member in the Controlled Thermonuclear Research Division (and other Divisions) of the Los Alamos National Laboratory on topics related to the conceptual design of magnetic fusion power systems. Contributing to the multi-institutional ARIES Team, he participated (1994-2002) in the Fusion Energy Research Program at the University of California, San Diego. With a focus on systems integration and optimization, he founded (2005) Decysive Systems and consults in the areas of new energy technologies emphasizing fusion-energy applications. He is a co-founder of Compact Fusion Systems, Inc.. He is a member of APS, ANS, and INCOSE.

Peter Turchi

Dr. Peter J. Turchi received his formal education at Princeton University (BSE 1967, MA 1969, PhD 1970) in aerospace and mechanical sciences, working since high school in the area of pulsed plasma dynamics for space propulsion. His career in government, industry and academia has largely focused on experiments and modeling for plasma in high energy-density applications, including soft X-radiation sources and controlled fusion. He is a Fellow of both the AIAA and IEEE, author or co-author of over two hundred papers, and recipient of numerous international awards, and a co-founder of Compact Fusion Systems.


Compact Fusion Systems is proud to partner with the following organizations:

  • ARPA-E
  • IAEA
  • Bechtel
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • NumerEx
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Sandia National Laboratory