Kirk Sorensen


Kirk Sorensen Chief Technologist

Kirk Sorensen earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at Utah State University, and his master’s at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was an aerospace engineer at NASA for 10 years, and a chief nuclear technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering.

Kirk Sorensen is founder of Flibe Energy and the Energy From Thorium Foundation and is an advocate for nuclear energy based on thorium and liquid-fluoride fuels. He has helped grow an online community of thousands who support a renewed effort to develop thorium as an energy source. He is a 1999 graduate of Georgia Tech in aerospace engineering and is completing graduate work in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee. He has spoken publicly on thorium at the Manchester International Forum in 2009, at NASA’s Green Energy Forum in 2008, and in several TechTalks at Google. He has been featured in Wired magazine, Machine Design magazine, the Economist, the UK Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, and on Russia Today. Kirk also taught nuclear engineering at Tennessee Technological University as a guest lecturer.

Kirk Sorensen is a co-founder and chief nuclear technologist at Flibe Energy Inc., where he leads development of the liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR).  Kirk previously worked for ten years as an aerospace engineer for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and as chief nuclear technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering.  Kirk has been a public advocate for thorium energy and LFTR technology for many years. He founded the weblog “Energy from Thorium” which has been the platform for the international grassroots effort to revive research and development of molten salt reactors.  Kirk has been a prominent advocate for thorium energy including speaking engagements at TEDx, Google Tech Talks, Thorium Energy Alliance conferences and the International Thorium Energy Organization conferences.

He is active in nonprofit advocacy organizations such as the Thorium Energy Alliance and the International Thorium Energy Organization. He is married and has four children.