Two Planet Steel Inventors


Rolf Miles Olsen


Dr. Olsen founded Two Planet Steel in 2015. A year later he wrote "The Steel Seeds Plan to Start Human Settlement of Mars". In 2017 he won a seminal NASA contract for iron- and steel-making on Mars. He continues working on a multi-step process to turn iron-containing fines, or sand, into finished steel parts. He was previously the Principal Investigator for a renewable energy storage project, and a scientist at UC San Diego. At UCSD he developed probabilistic models to study the evolution of protein sequences and the Eukaryotic Tree of Life. The National Institutes of Health daily uses an algorithm he invented. His basic scientific education was in physics at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and Bedford Modern School.


Dmitri Terekhov


Dr. Terekhov has over 25 years experience in metallurgical technologies. This includes 15 years as Senior Vice-President of R&D at a Canadian metallurgy company. He has worked on projects for the U.S. Depts. of Defense, Energy and Treasury, including processing toxic nuclear material at Oak Ridge. He invented a method for extracting metals from laterite ores. In 2006, he presented a talk to the Mars Society on the extraction of metals from raw ores.