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ECWG Dinner: “From The Ocean Floor to the Stars: Intergenerational and Transdisciplinary Lessons from My Father”

January 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Explorers Club members, member’s guests, associates, & friends are cordially invited to the January 2024 dinner & presentation by Dr. Diane Howard to be held at the Cosmos Club on Saturday, January 13th, 2024 at 6:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Space activities are essential to our way of life. They advance our understanding of the Earth, the universe, and humanity; enable U.S. national security; create good jobs and economic opportunity; enhance our health and well-being; and inspire us to pursue our dreams. Space capabilities provide critical data, products, and services that drive innovation in the United States and around the world. Access to and use of space is a vital national interest.”

—United States Space Priorities Framework, Dec. 2021  

About our Speaker Dr. Diane Howard

Dr. Howard is the Director of Commercial Space Policy at the National Space Council in the Executive Office of the President. The National Space Council is a policy council charged with providing objective advice to the President on the formulation and implementation of space policy and strategy to ensure the U.S. makes the most of the rich opportunities presented by our nation’s space activities. The Council is chaired by the Vice President and is comprised of Cabinet-level Secretaries and other senior executive branch officials. 

Diane has experience in government, academia, and industry. Before joining the White House in 2021, she served as Chief Counsel for Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  There, she provided space law expertise both to the Office of Space Commerce and to the Department of Commerce as a whole. She was pivotal in the early implementation of Space Policy Directive-3 (SPD-3) and is an internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert in space traffic management. SPD-3 implementation remains a part of her current portfolio, as does the effective regulation of novel space activities.

She has long been an advocate for and advocate of transdisciplinary learning, particularly in STEM- related disciplines. She has developed and taught courses as a visiting professor and non-resident scholar at the University of Texas’ Austin’s School of Law and the Strauss Center for International and Security Studies’ Space Security and Safety program. Previously, Diane developed the policy/law tracks and core curriculum for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Commercial Space Operations undergraduate degree program, where she served as a professor for many years. 

Diane is a former Vice President of the International Institute of Space law and was a long-time member of its Executive Board. She participated in the UN COPUOS Long-Term Sustainability work as a private sector advisor to the U.S. Department of State. Before law school and her commitment to responsible space activities, Diane spent years in the fashion industry.

Diane received her Doctor of Civil Law degree in 2014, and her L.L.M. in 2009, from McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law in Montreal, Canada.  Her D.C.L. dissertation addressed The Emergence of an Effective International and National Spaceport Regime of Law.  She also holds J.D. (2004) and B.S. (2001) degrees from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Diane is the author or co-author of many scholarly books, monographs, and peer-reviewed journal articles including An Introduction to the Spaceport Industry: Runways to Space (2020) and “Making do with what we have: creating certainty in private space law” (2009 VDM Verlag Germany).  She was the Editor/rapporteur/writer for Proceedings Space Debris Congress in Montreal in 2011 and 2012, presented to the U.N. Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

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Date:
January 13
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm