Dr. Joseph N. Pelton (Panel Chair)

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton currently holds three academic appointments. These are research professor with the Institute for Applied Space Research, George Washington University, professor at International Space University in Strasbourg France, and professor of telecommunications at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1997 he served as V.P. of Academic Programs and Dean of the experimental global virtual university known as the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Dr. Pelton holds degrees from the University of Tulsa (BS 1965), New York University, (MA 1967) and Georgetown University (PhD 1971). He is the author of 16 books in the field of satellites and telecommunications since 1975. These include the four book series: Future Talk, Future View, Cyberspace Chronicles and Global Talk, for which he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, the Vice Chairman and founder of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation of the U.S., a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Communications, and the winner of the H. Rex Lee award for his leadership in organizing and managing the worldwide telehealth and teleeducation Project Share. He was appointed by President Reagan to be Managing Director of World Communications Year 1983. From 1969 to 1989 he held a number of management positions with COMSAT and INTELSAT including Executive Assistant to the Director General of INTELSAT and Director of Strategic Policy for INTELSAT. Dr. Pelton is a frequent keynote speaker and has delivered major addresses in over 40 countries and spoken at the U.N., UNESCO, ITU, the U.S. Congress, Harvard University, MIT, the AAAS, and at many other distinguished fora. He is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics, a member of the Who's Who International, the World Future Society, the AIAA, co-editor of the Journal of Space Communications. In 1992 he was co-chair, with Dr. Burton Edelson, of the NASA/NSF study panel on satellite communications.

Dr. Alfred U. Mac Rae (Panel Chair)

Dr. Mac Rae is President of Mac Rae Technologies. He is a consultant on communications satellite technology and systems and telecommunications equipment for customers that include satellite manufacturers, satellite system operators, communications equipment developers and investment bankers. Prior to this activity, he was Director of AT&T Skynet Satellite Communications Laboratory, with responsibility for AT&T satellite technology, including satellite service development, satellite ground equipment development, satellite design and development, and oversight of satellite manufacture, test and operations. In this position, he was also responsible for the development of transmission communications equipment, including echo canceller products, video compression equipment and packet access and transmission equipment. He has extensive experience with integrated circuit and device development. His honors include; Fellow, American Physical Society; Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; Scientific Member, Bohmische Physicalische Society; 1994 IEEE J. J. Ebers Award for contributions to integrated circuit technology; over 40 papers published in refereed technical journals; over 100 talks at professional society meetings and universities; and 18 patents including a high revenue generating patent that received special AT&T recognition. Dr. MacRae received his BS (1954) and PhD (1960) in physics from Syracuse University.

Dr. Kul B. Bhasin

Dr. Kul Bhasin is Chief of the Satellite Networks and Architectures Branch at NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio. He is engaged in the development of satellite network architectures, their seamless inter-operations, and the development of standards and applications for the Global Information Infrastructure (GII). Dr. Bhasin has been conducting architecture and technology assessment studies to define the role of satellite communications in the GII. He represented NASA in the Ad Hoc Satellite Industry Task Force to define the role of satellites in the GII. Having joined NASA in 1983, he worked for several years as a senior research engineer in the Space Communications Division, on the development of advanced GaAs MMICs, photonics and high-Tc superconductive technologies for next-generation communication satellite systems. Prior to joining NASA in 1983, he was Manager of Technology for Gould Electronics.

Dr. Bhasin has several patents in electronic technology, has published more than one hundred research papers and book chapters, and has edited a book on microwave integrated circuits. He has won the Federal Lab Technology Transfer Award and the IR-100 Award for his inventions. He has also been awarded several NASA group achievement and invention awards. He is a senior member of IEEE and is an elected Fellow of the Society of International Optical Engineers (SPIE). He was awarded a NASA Fellowship at Cornell University in Electrical Engineering. He obtained his PhD and MS degrees from the University of Missouri and Purdue University, respectively.

Dr. Charles W. Bostian

Dr. Bostian joined Virginia Tech in 1969 and teaches in the Bradley Department of Electrical Engineering. From 1972 through 1988 he headed the University's Satellite Communication Group. In 1989 he was as an IEEE Congressional Fellow with Representative Don Ritter. In 1992 he became Director of Center for Wireless Telecommunications, a Virginia Technology Development Center working on new products and services for the state's employers. Bostian holds degrees from North Carolina State University. His research interests are in satellite and wireless telecommunications and in the interactions of technology and business. An award winning teacher, he has co-authored two textbooks, Solid State Radio Engineering and Satellite Communications.

Mr. William T. Brandon

William Brandon is a Principal Engineer with the MITRE Corporation. He has thirty years experience in satellite communications, both military and commercial. He is interested in system design involving trade-offs of entire system (satellites, terminals, orbits, frequencies, cost, etc.). He founded and led a group doing advanced planning studies, and created alternatives for survivable satellite communications (a number of innovations); and made unique, early proposals using very small satellites, 1970-1978. He has been particularly interested in satellite communications with aircraft, contributing to the design of the 5 kHz UHF channel. He has published about 35 papers on varied topics in satellite communications, including: first paper describing a small satellite, digital store and forward concept; first paper suggesting a small SHF terminal (2 foot man-portable VSAT); system concept supporting use of small terminals without disturbing existing large terminal nets; and journal article on evolution of small terminals. He has participated in several international activities: Member AIAA delegation to China, 1979; Panelist for NASA/NSF study of satellite communications development, 1992-3; Organizer/Proceedings Editor, Workshop with European Space Agency on Mobile and Personal Satellite Communications Systems, 1995. He graduated from MIT (BSEE), and Northeastern University (MSEE, Communications). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and past chairman of its technical committee on communications.

Dr. John V. Evans

Dr. Evans is Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of COMSAT. He joined COMSAT in 1983 as Vice President for Research, COMSAT Laboratories; and later that year, as director of laboratories; he served as President of COMSAT Laboratories in 1991. Before coming to COMSAT he worked at the Radio Physics Division of MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1960; group leader of the Millstone Hill Radar in Westford, MA in 1972; Associate Head of the Aerospace Division and member of the Laboratory's Steering Committee in 1975; Assistant Director of the Laboratory (Advanced Electronics Research); Director of the Haystack Observatory and Professor in MIT's Department of Meteorology in 1980. He has served on the U.S. National Committee of the International Radio Science, and was its chairman from 1975-78. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union, American Geophysical Union, American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics and Astronautics, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the National Academy of Engineering. In 1975 he was awarded the Appleton Prize by the Council of the Royal Society of London for his contributions to ionospheric physics.

Mr. Neil R. Helm

Mr. Helm is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Applied Space Research and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The George Washington University. From 1984 to 1990, he was the President of Helm Communications. In this capacity, he was the technical director for the integration, testing, launch and in-orbit demonstration of a DOD satellite. From 1967 to 1984, he was employed by COMSAT where he held senior technical and management positions including the Director of Marketing for the technical services division. At COMSAT Laboratories, he was responsible from 1971 to 1979 for the commercialization of R&D into operational systems and products. He was also active in COMSAT's experiments on NASA's ATS-6 and responsible for many of COMSAT's experiments on the CTS program. He received his BS degree from Georgetown University in 1966. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Chair of its Aerospace Policy Committee. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Chair of its Communication Satellite Standards Committee. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is on the Editorial Board of Space Communications, an international journal, and has published more than 25 technical articles.

Dr. Christoph E. Mahle

Dr. Mahle retired after more than 27 years as Vice President of the Satellite Systems and Technologies Division at COMSAT Laboratories, and is now a communications satellite consultant. He has directed research and development in the design and analysis of satellite systems, microwave circuits for satellites and earth stations, spacecraft bus technologies, analysis and verification of satellite transponder communications performance, including radio wave propagation. Previously he held several management positions at COMSAT Laboratories, Executive Director of the Satellite Technologies Division, Executive Director of the Microwave Technologies Division, and Acting Director of the Microelectronics Division, which was set up to combine COMSAT's efforts in analog and digital GaAs integrated circuits. He directed several projects which defined the state of the art such as the development of the first contiguous-band satellite multiplexer, the first 14 GHz, 120 Mbps direct demodulating DQPSK receiver, and systems for in-orbit testing and monitoring of communications satellites. He participated in the design of the INTELSAT IV communications system which served as reference for most commercial satellite communications systems.

Before joining COMSAT in 1968, Dr. Mahle was engaged in research and teaching at the Microwave Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland where he received the Dipl. Ing. in Electrical Engineering and the Dr. Sc. Techn. in 1961 and 1966, respectively. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, (Member since 1967, Senior Member 1986, Fellow 1990) and he has published many papers in the field. He has also been awarded a number of U.S. patents in the satellite field and is a coinventor of the ring redundancy scheme which today is used widely in commercial satellites.

Dr. Stephen A. Townes

Dr. Townes is Deputy Manager of the Communications Systems and Research Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He received the BEEE from Vanderbilt, MSEE from Stanford University and PhD from North Carolina State University. He worked at Stanford Telecommunications, Inc, on the analysis of the GPS-based systems and on the Defense Satellite Communications System. At the MITRE Corporation he worked in high frequency communications and direction finding, radar phased array signal processing and target detection. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory he has worked on system design and speech compression for mobile satellite communications, and analysis and development of communications equipment and instrumentation for NASA's Deep Space Network. He is the Deputy Section Manager, Communications Systems and Research Section, Manager, Space Communications Technology, Technology and Applications Programs Directorate, and Co-Leader of the New Millenium Program Integrated Product Development Team for Communications. He has also taught at North Carolina State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California.


Dr. Ramon De Paula

Dr. Ramon P. De Paula is the program executive for Space Communications and Photonics at the Advanced Technology and Mission Planning Division, Office of Space Science (OSS), at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters in Washington DC. He joined NASA HQ in 1989 to manage the research and technology programs in space communications and photonics. In this capacity he is responsible for advanced space communications research and technology development required for future spacecraft and satellite systems at NASA. He is responsible for R&D at the Lewis Research Center (LeRC) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The research programs are in the areas of rf technologies (TWT, MMIC, SSPA, and HTS), digital technologies, mobile communications, and optical/laser communications for intersatellite links. In photonics the programs are in the areas of opto-electronic integrated circuits (OEICs), and optical control of phased arrays antennas. Dr. De Paula is also responsible for supporting and promoting the effective inclusion of satellite systems in the Global Information Infrastructure (GII). He is a U.S. delegate and member of the G7-Global Interoperability of Broadband Networks (GIBN) project. During 1990 he was also the acting program manager for the remote sensing R&D program involving research in LIDAR systems, sub-mm and IR detector arrays.

Prior to joining NASA HQ Dr. De Paula held positions as a research scientist at Optical Technologies, the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Litton Industries, Naval Research Laboratory and Catholic University of America in the areas of sensors, guidance and control, and communications. He received a BSEE from The Catholic University of America (1974), an MS from University of California/Berkeley (1979), and a PhD from Catholic University of America in 1982. He is a Fellow member of the SPIE. He has published and presented over 100 papers in conferences and journals.

Published: December 1998; WTEC Hyper-Librarian