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Awards & Recognition


  • Guardian Award, The Lifeboat Foundation (2017)

  • Leonardo da Vinci Lifetime Achievement Award, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Toulouse, France (2017)

  • Winner of the "Arthur Award-International" as presented by the British Interplanetary Society at the UK Space Conference in Glasgow, Scotland (July 2013)

  • Elected a Fellow of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) (2007)

  • Hall of Fame Award of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (2001)

  • Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime achievement award by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation (2001)

  • Elected Educator of the Year of the International Communications Association (1987)

  • Winner of the first Book Award of the American Astronomical Society for his book Global Talk (1985)

  • Miami Children's Hospital Outstanding Achievement Award for Project Share (1987)

  • Elected Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • Elected to become a member of the Cosmos Club (1986-2004)

  • Elected to full membership in the International Academy of Astronautics (worldwide membership is limited to 1000 people) (1996-2006)

  • ISCe award for "Educational Excellence"

  • Outstanding achievement award by the Miami Children's Hospital

  • Arlington County Civic Federation, Evening Star Citizen of Year Award, Arlington County Civic Federation (1977)

  • Co-Chair of Yes for Arlington Parks (1977)

  • University of Tulsa Outstanding Alumnus Award (1986)

  • Hall of Fame Award for the University of Tulsa School of Engineering (2000)

Notable Works

  • Global Talk (Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize)

  • Space Systems and Sustainability (2021)

  • Preparing for the Next Cyber Revolution (2019)

  • Esphere: Rise of the World Wide Mind

  • Global Space Governance: An International Study (with Ram Jakhu)

  • Handbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense (with Firooz Allahdadi)

  • Handbook of Satellite Applications (with Scott Madry and Sergio Camacho-Lara) (first edition 2012 and second edition 2017)

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