Dr. Joseph N. Pelton
Dr. Joseph N. Pelton is emeritus Director of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRI) at George Washington University. This Institute is engaged in many projects including one that involves a major review of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station and the effectiveness of its safety program. He played a key role in the establishment of the International Space University of Strasbourg, France where he served as Chairman of the Board (1992-95) and Vice President of Academic Programs and Dean (1996-97). This experimental international academic institution specializes in graduate interdisciplinary studies and hosts study programs at leading universities around the world in addition to its Masters program conducted at its main campus in France. From 1989 to 1996 Dr. Pelton served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado where he also headed the Center for Research in Telecommunications. From 1969 to 1989 Dr. Pelton held a number of management positions with COMSAT Corporation and the INTELSAT global satellite organization, including the position of Director of Strategic Planning. Dr. Pelton also led Project Share at Intelsat that led to the start of the Chinese National TV University and dozens of other national and international tele-education and tele-health projects around the world. Dr. Pelton is the author of over 20 books or research studies in the field that include writings on satellites, advanced telecommunications technology and regulation and especially about the long range impactof technology on society. His book Global Talk received a Pulitzer Prize nomination and won the literature award of the American Astronomical Society. He was the founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International and has been elected to this organization’s Hall of Fame. He has also been elected to full membership in the International Academy of Astronautics as well as elected a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received the 2001 Authur C. Clarke Prize and was presented the outstanding educator award of the International Communications Association in 1996.