Joseph N. Pelton, Ph.D., has authored over 50 books and over 300 articles during the course of his career. He is a Fellow and member of the Executive Board of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and serves as one of the Editors of the Journal of Space Safety Engineering. He is the former Dean and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University and Director Emeritus of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRI) at George Washington University.
Dr. Pelton was the founder of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation. He has served as the foundation’s Executive Director, and also as Executive Director of the Clarke Institute of Telecommunications and Information (CITI). Additionally, he was the founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals (SSPI) and has been recognized in the SSPI Hall of Fame. In industry, he was Director of Strategic Policy for Intelsat, Director of Project SHARE and served in various roles for the Comsat Corporation. He has formerly served on the Advisory Board of the World Future Society and frequently speaks and writes as a futurist.
Dr. Pelton has been elected to be a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and has received numerous writing and educator awards from the American Astronomical Society, the International Communications Association, the British Interplanetary Society, the Miami Children’s Hospital, and ISCe, among others. He served as the Managing Director of the U.S. World Communications Year 1983 Committee—A U.S. Presidential Appointment.