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2020 Space Internet Governance Webinar Panelists

The Panelists

Dr. Vinton G. Cerf

VGCcroppedAt Google, Vint Cerf contributes to global ity.policy and business development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at the Internet Society, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University. Vint Cerf sat on the US National Science Board and is a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, American Association for the advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British Computer Society, Worshipful Companies of Information Technologists and Stationers and is a member of the National Academies of Engineering and Science. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees.



Dr. Scott Pace

SPaceDeputy Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the   National Space Council

Dr. Scott Pace is the Deputy Assistant to the President and the Executive Secretary of the National Space Council.  He began his role as Executive Secretary in August 2017.  The National Space Council is a White House policy council chaired by Vice President Michael R. Pence.

From 2008-2017, Dr. Pace was the Director of the Space Policy Institute and a Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.  From 2005-2008, he served as the Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation at NASA.  Prior to NASA, he was the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  From 1993-2000, he worked for the RAND Corporation’s Science and Technology Policy Institute.  From 1990 to 1993, he served as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Office of Space Commerce, in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce.

Dr. Pace was a member of the United States Delegation to the World Radiocommunication Conferences in 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2007.  He was a member of the United States Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications Working Group from 1997-2000.  He also served as a private sector advisor to the United States Delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 2009 and from 2011‑2017.  Dr. Pace was a member of the NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing and served as a senior advisor to the Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board for the United States PNT Executive Committee.  He is a former member of the Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association, a former Trustee of the Summer Science Program Inc., a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dr. Pace received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2008, the Department of State GPS Interagency Team Group Superior Honor Award in 2005, and the NASA Columbia Accident Rapid Reaction Team Group Achievement Award in 2004.

Dr. Pace received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1980; Masters degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982; and a Doctorate in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School in 1989.

The Moderator

Scott Burleigh

SB_photoScott Burleigh is a Principal Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he has been developing flight mission software since 1986.  A founding member of the Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) Research Group of the Internet Research Task Force, Mr. Burleigh was a co-author of the DTN Architecture definition (Internet RFC 4838).  He also co-authored the specification for version 6 of the DTN Bundle Protocol (BP, Internet RFC 5050) supporting automated data forwarding through a network of intermittently connected nodes, and is now lead author for the specification for BP version 7.  Mr. Burleigh leads the development and maintenance of implementations of BP and related protocols that are designed for integration into deep space mission flight software, with the long-term goal of enabling deployment of a delay-tolerant Solar System Internet.  Mr. Burleigh has received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal and four NASA Space Act Board Awards for his work on the design and implementation of these communication protocols.


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