Dr. Joseph N. Pelton is director of the Space & Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRJ) at the George Washington University. He also serves as director of the Accelerated M. S. Program in Telecommunications and Computers at the George Washington University Virginia Campus. Further, on a volunteer basis, he is the founder and executive director of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Telecommunications and Information (CITI), which works in partnership with telecommunications research institutes and foundations in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is the author of 22 books in the fields of telecommunications, telecommunications and space policy, and satellite communications, including Pulitzer Prize-nominated Global Talk.
He has served as chairman of the board (1992–1995) and vice president of Academic Programs and Dean (1996–1997) of the International Space University of Strasbourg, France. This experimental international academic institution specializes in graduate interdisciplinary studies and hosts study programs at leading universities around the world, in addition to its master's program conducted at its main campus in France. Dr. Pelton has also been director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, director of Strategic Policy at Intelsat, and founding president of the Society of Satellite Professionals International in 1983. He has received the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the SSPI Hall of Fame Award, and the H. Rex Lee Award from the Public Service Satellite Consortium for leading Project Share at Intelsat. He is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics.