Communications Director, Author, Seavangelist Joe Quirk is a science writer, novelist, and memoir ghostwriter, with a national bestseller in each category. He co-authored a book with Patri Friedman, Seasteading: How Floating Cities Will Free The World which will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2016. He has consulted for Pixar, who volunteered to illustrate his presentation for college students. As a storyteller, Joe is excited to show readers why solutions to global problems are coming not from arguments, but experiments, and how joining the seasteading community is their opportunity to discover those solutions. May the best ideas win. Joe serves as aquapreneur matchmaker.
Nuclear Engineer Cal Abel is a Nuclear and Radiological Engineering PhD candidate at Georgia Institute of Technology. Cal has a Masters and Bachelors of science degree in nuclear engineering and a Bachelor of Naval Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He served 10-years in the navy working on submarines with responsibilities ranging from directing the quality assurance program to being the chief engineer. As the engineer officer, he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of all engineering support systems, including habitability, atmosphere control, the propulsion plant, all electrical and hydraulic systems, and the reactor plant. He was also the ship’s maintenance officer responsible for ensuring that all preventive and corrective maintenance onboard the ship was properly executed.“I am very excited to bring my experience to The Seasteading Institute. Not only does seasteading give us an opportunity to experiment with governance, it provides us a platform to develop new technologies to better serve and advance humanity. These aspects along with the technical challenges of long-term at sea operations are why I’m involved.”