The International Space Safety Foundation is pleased to welcome Michael Kezirian as the new Executive Committee Vice President of Research and Education. Dr. Kezirian will be taking over the post from Joseph Pelton, a long-time supporter and promoter of ISSF. Having served as VP of Research and Education as well as served a two year stint as interim President and CEO, Dr. Pelton is leaving to focus on other initiatives, including his upcoming book. He will continue to promote safety through awareness of near Earth object (NEO) hazards and as the Chair of the Academic Committee at the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety.
Dr. Kezirian is an able replacement for Dr. Pelton. A chemical engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Kezirian currently serves as adjunct professor at the University of Southern California where he teaches the only graduate-level space safety course currently known to exist. He is also a long-time engineer at Boeing, where he currently works as safety design engineer for the Commercial Crew Development Program (CC-Dev) and a design analyst for the Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) for the International Space Station. Dr. Kezirian is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the AIAA’s Space Operations Support Technical Committee at the national level.