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Friday, September 1 • 6:15pm - 7:15pm
An Eternal Optimist: Arthur C. Clarke and the Search for What’s Next

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Arthur C. Clarke, famed for co-writing “2001: A Space Odyssey,” based on one of his own much earlier short stories, was above all else an optimist who eagerly embraced not only what was coming next but what was coming after that. While his own long life story featured heavy involvement in the Second World War, where he was close to the cutting edge of implementing a new key technology, radar, he remained an optimist about technology helping to make life better for humankind both on earth and among the stars. His dreams were not founded on fantasy but on science, science just over the edge into the nearly impossible. Who else but Clarke could have taken the swords of the war just ended and propose using those technologies to envision global television using geosynchronous satellites? This panel will explore the fascinating life and works of Sir Arthur Clarke as the anniversary of his birth 100 years ago approaches.

Moderators
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Timothy J. Logue

Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, Thales Alenia Space
Timothy J. Logue is a lifelong science fiction fan who has been fortunate to work in thespace and satellite sectors for almost 40 years. He is currently Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, for Thales Alenia Space, a major European space manufacturer, in Washington, D... Read More →

Speakers
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Mason Peck

Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Dr. Peck is an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and is a former NASA Chief Technologist. He has also worked at Boeing and Honeywell. His research interests include space-systems architecture and satellite flight dynamics. Among other flight projects, his lab at Cornell launched the first Kickstarter-funded satellite, Kicksat, and has developed the satellite-on-chip design for the Breakthrough Starshot mission to Alpha... Read More →
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Joseph Pelton

Principal, Pelton Consulting International
Dr. Joseph N. Pelton is the former Dean and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University with its main campus in Strasbourg, France. He is also the Director Emeritus of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute at George Washington University. He is currently on the Executive Board of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety and chair of its International Academic Committee. He is the award winning author and editor of some 50 books and over 300 articles in the field of space, satellite communications systems, future technologies and urban planning. Dr. Pelton has also served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In 1983 he was on the U.S. Presidential Committee for World Communications where he served as its Managing Director. In this role he first organized the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation that was announced at the White House in April 1983. Subsequently he served as Managing Director and Vice Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation as well as Executive Director of the Clarke Institute of Telecommunications and Information (CITI). He has also served in a number of executive capacities at Intelsat and the Comsat Corporation earlier in his career. These roles included serving as as... Read More →
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Walda Roseman

CEO, CompassRose International
Walda Roseman is Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation. She is CEO of CompassRose International, an international ICT advisory firm that she established in 1993 and that she led until she joined the Internet Society in 2011. She returned to CompassRose in 2015. At the Internet... Read More →

Volunteers
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Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
6 - East (250)

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