Bob Dickman is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a professional membership technical society with more than 35,000 members in 79 countries. AIAA organizes the Space Exploration conference as well as many other technical conferences for the aerospace industry. His career spans the space business from basic research in particle physics to command of the 45 Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral, FL. He served as the Air Force’s Director of Space programs, the Department of Defense Space Architect and the senior military officer at the National Reconnaissance Office. He retired from active duty in 2000 as a major general. From 2002 to 2005, he was Deputy for Military Space in the office of the Undersecretary of the Air Force. He was the National Space Club’s Astronautics Engineer of the Year, was selected as one of Space News ‘“100 Who Made a Difference” and is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the National Reconnaissance Office’s Technical Advisory Group.
John Michael Lounge is Director of Business Development for Constellation, Space Exploration. He leads business development pursuit teams for NASA Constellation program elements. Prior to joining Boeing in 2002, Lounge was a Senior Vice President with SPACEHAB, Inc. In his 10 years with SPACEHAB he had primary responsibility for flight hardware development in support of the company’s commercial initiatives. Lounge was employed at the Johnson Space Center from July 1978 to June 1991. He worked as lead engineer for Space Shuttle-launched satellites, and also served as a member of the Skylab Reentry Flight Control Team. He completed these assignments while with the Payload Operations Division. Lounge joined the NASA Astronaut Corps with the astronaut candidate class of 1980. He served as a member of the launch support team at Kennedy Space Center for the STS-1, STS-2, and STS-3 missions. A veteran of three space flights, Lounge has logged over 482 hours in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-51I (August 27 to September 3, 1985) and STS-26 (September 29 to October 3, 1988) and was the flight engineer on STS-35 (December 2-10, 1990). Lounge served as the Director of Program Development for NASA Systems before assuming his present duties in February 2004. He entered on active duty with the United States Navy following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent the next nine years in a variety of assignments. His awards include six Navy Air Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals (with Combat "V"), the JSC Superior Achievement Award (for service as a member of the Skylab Reentry Team), three NASA Exceptional Service Medals and three NASA Space Flight Medals. He is holder of three U.S. Patents. Lounge received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in Astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado in 1970.
Dr. Randii Wessen
Dr. Randii Wessen has been an employee of the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for twenty-three years. He is currently the Deputy Proposal Manager for the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to the Moon. Prior to this Dr. Wessen was the Navigator Program System Engineer. This program’s goal is the detection of Earth-like planets around other stars, if they exist. He also was the Telecommunications & Mission Systems Manager for the Mars Program, the Supervisor for the Science System Engineering Group, Manager of the Cassini Science Planning & Operations Element, the Galileo Deputy Sequence Team Chief, and the Voyager Science Sequence Coordinator for the Uranus & Neptune encounters. Dr. Wessen received his Bachelors of Science in both Physics & Astronomy from Stony Brook University, a Masters of Science in Astronautics from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate in Operations Research from the University of Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom. He co-authored the books “Neptune: the Planet, Rings and Satellites” & “Planetary Ring Systems.” He was the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for his contributions to the Voyager 2 Neptune Encounter and has nine NASA Group Achievement Awards. Dr. Wessen is also a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society.
Col. Richard W. White, Jr.
Colonel Richard W. White Jr. is Director, Developmental Planning, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. As director, the colonel is responsible to the Commander of SMC for the planning of future space and missile missions across the Center. His Directorate develops new materiel concepts to satisfy requirements provided by Headquarters Air Force Space Command. He also directs an SMC modeling and simulation capability to assess the performance of these concepts. He is also responsible for the planning process for technology investment needs across the Center. He received his commission upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1982, and at the Air Force Institute of Technology he earned a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1983. Colonel White has completed Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Defense Systems Management College, and Air War College. His career spans space systems research, acquisition, test, launch, and operations.