Jake DeWitte

Founder and CEO, Oklo Inc.

Jacob DeWitte is the Founder and the CEO of Oklo Inc., a Sunnyvale, CA based company developing and building small nuclear reactors. DeWitte has been working with nuclear technology for nearly 15 years at Sandia National Labs, where he worked on the Lab’s irradiation facilities, including a fast test reactor; Urenco US, the naval reactor research laboratories, and GE, where he led core design on the PRISM sodium fast reactor. He has experience with nuclear reactor design and analysis, spanning a variety of reactors including sodium fast reactors, molten salt reactors, and next generation PWRs.

DeWitte is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and his PhD at MIT in nuclear engineering, where he developed strategies to introduce high performance light water reactor fuels as part of long term capital asset management planning for nuclear power plants.

Podcast Guest Appearances

What’s the Future of Nuclear Power?

Nuclear power - revive it or allow a slow death? 

In middle of the last century, nuclear power promised an exciting new world of efficient and eternal energy. But after a series of major accidents – most notably those at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima -- public opposition grew into a vigorous “no nukes” movement. 

Ken Farabaugh worked as a nuclear engineer at a number of plants. During the the eighties, he was working at the Shoreham plant in Long Island – the hotbed of the anti-nuclear movement.