Robert Duncan Leaving U. of Missouri for Position at Texas Tech

Dr. Robert V. Duncan, one of the most prominent members of the US Academic community to champion research in the LENR field, is leaving his position as Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Missouri to become vice president for research at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The Missourian newspaper reports that Duncan will resign his current position December 31st of this year.

The article notes his work in LENR:

“Duncan said he is proud of many accomplishments during his tenure as vice chancellor, including establishing the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance, which is a group of MU scientists who study low-energy nuclear reactions.”

 
The ICCF-18 conference was held at the University of Missouri this summer, at which Rob Duncan gave a keynote address. Duncan rose to prominence in the LENR field following his role as an independent investigator for the CBS 60 Minutes program in which he went to Israel to visit the labs of Energetics Technologies and after examining their work, concluded that there was anomalous heat being generated in their LENR processes.

Duncan is a proponent of rigorously applying the scientific method in cold fusion research, and has said that researchers should simply go where the data leads them without regards for the opinion or preconceived ideas about the topic.

Below is a video of Duncan talking about his interest in LENR, and the importance of continued research in the field at the 2012 NI Week conference in Austin, Texas.

UPDATE: Thanks to those who have provided the to the Texas Tech announcement of Duncan’s new appointment. Here it is:

http://today.ttu.edu/2013/10/texas-tech-names-new-vice-president-for-research-2/

  • Omega Z

    Thought I would post some background on the following to allay some concerns.

    Robert Duncan Leaving U. of Missouri for Position at Texas Tech

    Don’t concern yourself with the Big Oil association. Oil will forever be needed even if in smaller quantities. Also these Corporations are about return to Investors of which in the Oil Industry, 50% or more goes to Pension Funds. When LENR prevails, they will be invested in it. They may even have been Instrumental in TT’s Decision to recruit Duncan.

    Note that Texas took a major beating years ago in the Energy crunch. Many wrote them off as an Economic power house, but they picked themselves up & rebuilt against the Odds. Compare Texas to a guy who loses his house to a Tornado. From that day on, he keeps an ever vigil eye on the sky. That Be Texas.

    Don’t Kid yourself. Universities/Tech Schools are about Money & Prestige.
    Texas Tech is an Underrated school that is fast rising in the Educational Ranks.
    Involves: Plasmonics Research Group, Nano-tech, Etc… Very similar to the fields that U. of M. is involved. With LENR Applications. Check the Link.
    http://www.phys.ttu.edu/new_research_files/condensed_matter.html

    Texas Tech turns out a lot of Engineers in the Energy Field of which there is a World Wide shortage. LENR Technology will need a lot of these Graduates. Being on the Cutting Edge will make it the Go To School of Choice. Money & Prestige comes to Texas Tech Along with many new patents.

    They also Provide schooling in Lab View. That be National Instruments (Headquartered in Austin, Texas) who also has many TT Graduate Employees. Who are very aware of Duncan’s work.

    Texas Tech would be completely Aware Of Robert Duncan’s Pedigree.
    His Scientific openness. His Hands on Experience & His management credentials. His knowledge of how to bring in both Private Donations & 10’s of Millions in Federal Research Grants. What He has accomplished at U. of M. in just a couple years likely makes Even MIT Envious.

    Note that Texas Tech also made a position for his Wife on the Faculty.(This is what they do if they really want you.) They Wanted Him for a Reason. My Guess would be Organizing the School Curriculum for the Coming of LENR Technology & Research. The Future Place to be.

    You may be able to find Individuals better in 1 area or another, But You would be extremely hard pressed to find ANYONE more Qualified overall for the Position he is taking. As to those who may be better qualified in some areas, I’m sure he has the leeway to Hire them if he deems them necessary. In No way do I see this as a bad event.

    Note that Texas Tech also made a position for his Wife on the Faculty.(This is what they do if they really want you.) They Wanted Him for a Reason. My Guess would be Organizing the School Curriculum for the Coming of LENR Technology & Research. The Future Place to be.

    You may be able to find Individuals better in 1 area or another, But You would be extremely hard pressed to find ANYONE more Qualified overall for the Position he is taking. As to those who may be better qualified in some areas, I’m sure he has the leeway to Hire them if he deems them necessary.

    In No way do I see this as bad. In Fact it seems promising. There are those preparing for the inevitable.

    Another link of interest
    http://today.ttu.edu/2013/10/texas-tech-cern-physicists-celebrate-nobel-prize-announcement/

  • Gerrit

    this is very good news.

    1) Being active in the LENR area no longer ruins your scientific career

    2) He will most likely share his LENR-experiences at the new position.

  • GreenWin

    The faculty and students at Texas Tech might want to watch the CBS 60 Minutes segment on cold fusion that made Rob Duncan a television star:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-4952167.html

  • Pedro

    Here is a link to the announcement from TT: http://today.ttu.edu/2013/10/texas-tech-names-new-vice-president-for-research-2/

    Note that all achievements mentioned are pre 2006. Things like chairing a symposium in 2003, etc. Nothing about his work on LENR, or his involvement in ICCF-18. Nothing at all about the last 7 years of his professional life!!!

    • Buck

      Pedro,

      Read the following quote from the 1st sentence of paragraph 5. If you know what you are reading, then you see accolades for Duncan being a leader in LENR as SKINR has only ONE purpose.

      “Founder and interim director of the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear
      Renaissance at Missouri, Duncan’s background as a leader in the field of
      physics is reflected in his many publications, professional appointments, and activities.”

  • Sanjeev

    Hopefully the lenr research will continue at MU and more will start at TT.
    We need an in-depth interview with him about his plans.

    • ecatworld

      That would be good. I’ve tried a couple of times in the past to get hold of him for an inteview, but never have gotten any response.

  • Sanjeev

    Fusion “Breakthrough” at NIF? Uh, Not Really …

    http://news.sciencemag.org/physics/2013/10/fusion-breakthrough-nif-uh-not-really-%E2%80%A6

    It seems someone was desperate to make it look like a success.

    • GreenWin

      It was Ed Moses the NIF Director who resigned [was fired] the day after he sent the not-so-truthful memo September 29th.

      “NIF’s laser input of 1.8 MJ is roughly the same as the kinetic energy ofa 2-tonne truck traveling at 160 km/h (100 miles/h). The output of the reaction—14 kJ—is equivalent to the kinetic energy of a baseball traveling at half that speed. Numerically speaking, the gain is 0.0077.”

      • Sanjeev

        They are shooting themselves in foot. Their next announcement may not be taken seriously, even by BBC.

  • Buck

    IMHO, this is a remarkable and prophetic move.

    If you dig into the reputation of Texas Tech, it seems to be in the
    same range as UOM, about 80 – 120 nationally. The real kicker though is the recognition of TT’s School of Engineering as being one of the most underrated. And to top it off, it is well recognized as a leader in PETROLEUM ENGINEERING.

    LINK>> http://today.ttu.edu/2013/06/texas-tech-among-top-10-most-underrated-colleges/

    LINK>> http://www.depts.ttu.edu/pe/

    I find it difficult if not impossible to conceive that this is a rebuke of Duncan with
    this in mind. IMO, Texas Tech privately recognizes that LENR has repeatedly been proven to be a real phenomena and that in a relatively short amount of time, a few years, one of the many LENR companies will bring forth irrefutable proof. At that point, Petroleum Engineering will be a far less attractive career and Texas Tech is acting upon this judgment.

    Adam Smith’s ‘Invisible Hand’ strikes again.

    • GreenWin

      I think you have it right Buck. I suspect that Dr. Duncan will be spending time upgrading the Nano Tech Center program at Whitacre College of Engineering (Texas Tech) where they are rapidly expanding research. Makes sense to me as it is becoming increasingly clear that plasmonics plays a key role in the LENR effect:

      “Center faculty support education in MEMS, Microelectronics Processing, Plasmonics, and Optics.” http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ntc/About/history.php

      • Buck

        GreenWin,

        to me the meaningful part of this scenario is that the political, economic, and technological pressures have reached the stage where an institution affiliated with Big Oil has signaled that a breaking point was reached.

        I never projected for this sort of event (Big Oil affiliate breaking ranks) to happen prior to a real LENR product introduction.