Richard has a strong background in phyiscs and exotic space technologies. He holds a Masters degree in physics with space sciences and technology obtained from the University of Leicester in 1999. From 1999 to 2002, Richard worked for the United Kingdom government, researching SAR polarimetry. Richard then moved to Texas, and received his Ph.D in 2008. His expertise includes the Casimir Effect, higher dimensions, and cosmology. Specifically, his Ph.D dissertation illustrated a mechanism whereby higher dimensional Casimir energies could serve as a mechanism to stabilize the higher dimensions of the Randall-Sundrum brane world models.
Richard is known for his research in warp drive, a novel form of spacecraft propulsion that could hypothetically circumvent the speed of light. His work has been featured on a number of news sites, including Discovery Channel News, Yahoo News, and MSNBC. Richard has presented his work at conferences in both the United States and Great Britain. In 2009, Richard was invited to become a core member of Project Icarus, the successor of the celebrated Daedalus mission. As part of his contribution to Project Icarus, Richard will be researching antimatter catalyzed fusion as a possible propulsion mechanism.
While working on his Ph.D, Richard wrote an MCAT review manual for Falcon Physicians Review, a Dallas-based medical exam review company. He also spent three months working as a quantitative analyst for a Houston-based hedge fund, Saracen Energy, developing automated trading algorithms. Richard programs in Matlab and C++.
Outside of his research duties, Richard enjoys taking on other challenges. He has jumped out of an airplane multiple times (solo), holds a PADI scuba diving certification and holds a USHPA Hang 2 hanggliding license. He flew his first mountain solo flight in Georgia in January 2008 and become tow-qualified in September 2008. He enjoys reading science fiction and playing chess in his spare time. He also loves to travel and has enjoyed visiting Western Europe, Thailand, North Africa, The Unites States, Canada, Guatemala and Belize.
Richard is currently manager of his online start up venture Citizenshipper, an online marketplace where members can bid in a reverse auction on shipments that are posted all across the US. As of 14th Dec 2009 the site has 7,300 active members. Richards aim is to reduce the 29% of trucks on the road that travel empty by matching them with shipments on their return trips. The empty trucks currently cost the US economy $29 billion and emit 129 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Learn more about the Green Shipping Auction.