Jefferson W. Tester
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Jefferson Tester is the H.P. Meissner professor of chemical engineering at MIT. His formal educational training was in chemical engineering at Cornell University, B.S. and M.S., and a Ph.D. from MIT. For three decades, he has been involved in chemical engineering process research as it relates to energy extraction, conversion and environmental control technologies. He has co-authored 150 scientific papers and 8 books on various topics related to energy issues. Topics have ranged from geothermal technology to power conversion system design and economics to assessing global environmental effects.

For the last 20 years Tester has been active in examining the destruction of toxic compounds by oxidation in supercritical water. In addition, he continues his interests in technologies associated with renewable and geothermal energy recovery and gas hydrates.

Testerís past positions include director of MITís Energy Laboratory, MITís School of Chemical Engineering Practice Program and group leader in the Resource Engineering Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was also an adjunct professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Mexico and an AEC post-doctoral fellow at Los Alamos.