SSB. In 2008, he was elected fellow of the American Philosophical Society (APS). In addition to his scientific career, Dr. Sagdeev played a major political role during the first five years of perestroika, serving as an advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev at the Geneva, Washington, and Moscow summits. Mr. Sagdeev has made fundamental contributions to a broad range of fields ranging from plasma physics to planetary science, astrophysics, and arms control. In March of 2001, he was appointed to Intelilabs advisory board. He is co-winner of the 1995 APS Leo Szilard Award for his role in promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society in such areas as the environment, arms control, and science policy.
ERIC STERNER is a defense and aerospace consultant specializing in areas where high technology and national security intersect. His served as the senior professional staff member responsible for defense policy on the House Armed Services Committee and as the special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for international security policy, the Honorable J.D. Crouch II. Prior to that, he was a national security analyst for NSR Inc. and for the Strategic and Intelligence Programs Division at JAYCOR, focusing on the strategic impact of emerging technologies. In the areas of civil and commercial space activity, he simultaneously held two positions as NASA’s associate deputy administrator for policy and planning and chief of strategic communications. A member of the non-career Executive Service, Mr. Sterner was responsible for institutional management and coordinating the work of NASA’s outreach organizations. He served on the staff of the House Science Committee under three different chairs and was the staff director for its Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee at the time of his departure. In the private sector, he was vice president for federal services at TerreStar Networks, Inc., an emerging wireless communications company integrating satellite and terrestrial components. A published author, Mr. Sterner earned his B.A. from American University and two M.A. degrees from George Washington University.
JEAN-PIERRE SWINGS, chair of the European Space Sciences Committee of the European Science Foundation, is an astrophysicist (solar physics, gravitational lenses, large telescopes, both ground and space) with approximately 180 papers published. He has been involved in many international organizations, especially the International Astronomical Society (general secretary 1985-1988), the European Southern Observatory (council member for 17 years, VLT planning, etc.), the European Space Agency (~30 committees ), and is a co-founder of the European Astronomical Society. He holds Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the University of Liège, Belgium, where he is an Honorary Professor. He has performed post-doctoral work at JILA, the Joint Research Institute of NIST and the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has served as a Carnegie fellow.
YOSHINORI YOSHIMURA is the director of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Washington Office. Formerly, he was the director of the System Engineering Office at JAXA Headquarters where he was responsible for the coordination of overall JAXA engineering activities to support JAXA’s chief engineer and the education planning of JAXA systems engineers. In 1982, he began his JAXA career at the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) performing satellite structural design. He was also involved in the thermal vacuum tests of satellites at the Tsukuba Space Center. In 1985, he joined the Japanese Experiment Module program as a systems engineer and was stationed at NASA Johnson Space Center as the Japanese representative for the ISS program in 1987. In 1991, he went to the Space Policy Institute of George Washington University to study as a visiting scholar and worked for the House Science Committee Subcommittee on Space as an intern. In 1994, he joined the ISS IGA/Memorandum of understanding negotiations as a member of the Japanese delegation, contributing to the conclusion of the new IGA/MOU in 1998. In 1999, he became the director of international affairs, Office of Research and Development Bureau, Science and Technology Agency of Japan and was responsible for supervising international space cooperation activities both at NASDA and National Aeronautics Laboratory. He received both bachelor and master of engineering degrees from the University of Tokyo.