Principal Investigator, New Horizons Mission; Associate Vice President, Southwest Research Institute; Chief Scientist, World View; Chief Scientist, Florida Space Institute
Alan Stern is a planetary scientist and aerospace consultant. He leads NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, is associate vice president at Southwest Research Institute, chief scientist of World View and Florida Space Institute, and CEO of Uwingu and The Golden Spike Company. Stern’s consulting clients include Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and Naveen Jain’s Moon Express Google Lunar XPRIZE team. He was previously director of Florida Space Institute, chief scientist and mission architect for Moon Express, and NASA’s chief of science missions. Author of two books, Stern was named to the TIME 100 list in 2007 and serves on the Commercial Spaceflight Federation board.