General Atomics and the Path to Fusion Energy

February 19, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Knobbe Martens
12790 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
$65 (non-member)
Karen Winston

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General Atomics and the Path to Fusion Energy 


  1. Powers the sun and other stars in our Universe
  2. Clean, safe source of carbon-free electricity
  3. Hydrogen fuel is cheap, renewable, and abundant
  4. Attracting billions of investment dollars
  5. At a critical juncture in the U.S.

On Wednesday, February 19, we are honored to get firsthand understanding of the past, present, and future of fusion energy from San Diego’s 60-year old celebrity in the field – General Atomics (GA).

GA’s Director of Business Development Zabrina Johal will discuss the rich history of nuclear energy and GA’s role in developing the most prolific nuclear fission reactor program in the world. She will also talk about GA’s six decades of research in fusion energy. We will learn how GA is supporting the drive toward practical fusion-powered electricity by providing the “heart” of the ground-breaking ITER experiment and operating the largest magnetic fusion research facility in the U.S. – right here in San Diego.

This is a unique opportunity to talk with Ms. Johal. Please join us!

Wednesday, February 19
5:30pm – 8:30pm
@Knobbe Martens
12790 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130



5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Program
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30


Zabrina Johal photoZabrina Johal
Director of Business Development, General Atomics

Zabrina Johal has nearly two decades of experience in nuclear energy management, development, and communications. She began her career as a Nuclear Engineering Officer in the U.S. Navy, where she led female integration activities on the USS Paul Hamilton and served as the Tomahawk Strike Warfare officer in Operation Enduring Freedom. She also served aboard the USS Carl Vinson during Operation Iraqi Freedom and managed safe operations of the nuclear reactor core and associated systems. She is a certified nuclear engineer by the Naval Reactors division of the Department of the Navy and Department of Energy.

After leaving the Navy, Ms. Johal joined General Atomics in San Diego, where she has been for the past 13 years and is currently Director of Business Development for the Energy Group. Ms. Johal is responsible for overseeing efforts in business planning, capture, and proposal development, as well as marketing, strategic communications, and media outreach.

Ms. Johal is a recognized expert in business models and financial analysis for commercialization of high-technology solutions, and she is regularly called upon to provide high-level presentations to internal stakeholders and external customers. She holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Commercial Real Estate from the University of San Diego, a Master’s in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Santa Clara University.

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