Richard Earl Rice hails from Southern California. He received his BS and MS degrees in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. In an exciting three-decade technical career, he was involved in NASA's NERVA Program (An experimental nuclear rocket), Skylab (America's first space station) and Viking (The first Mars lender) and the Space Shuttle. Additional research jobs were in nuclear energy and novel energy production concepts for the Energy Department. He traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, presenting the results of his work and collaborating with other research institutions.