There are several professors that have supported laboratory work related to either TranSeed Research projects, United Technologies Research Center work from the past, or Planet Stewardship Research open lab (open source plus Creative Commons) work that would like to participate in the launching of this proposal. Are there any rules or guidelines that would constrain them from doing so?

Proposal: Solar Energy Science and Economy

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    Why wouldn't they be able to? PhDs are people too. – han_nah_han_ Oct 22 at 19:08
  • You need to ask their employers. – EnergyNumbers Oct 22 at 19:26

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