CEO of Flibe Energy
Kirk Sorensen is the founder of Flibe Energy and currently serves as President and Chief Technologist. Kirk has been a public advocate for thorium energy and liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) technology since creating the weblog “Energy From Thorium” in 2006. Kirk has a master of science degree (2014) in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee and a master of science degree (1999) in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s of science degree (1998) in mechanical engineering from Utah State University. He first learned about thorium and molten-salt reactor technology in March 2000 shortly after joining NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, following his graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After eight years at NASA MSFC, he was detailed to the US Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) beginning in June 2008. In 2010 he joined Teledyne Brown Engineering as their Chief Nuclear Technologist. With encouragement from Teledyne management, he left in spring 2011 to form Flibe Energy. Kirk has been a prominent advocate for thorium energy with regular speaking engagements and media interviews across the world.