Chris Welch
Core Chair

Chris has been orbiting ISU since he first met founders Peter Diamandis and Todd Hawley in 1987. In 2011, after two decades in UK academia, Chris moved to ISU in Strasbourg to become Professor of Spacecraft Engineering and Program Director of ISU’s Masters. SSP17 will be his eleventh SSP. Although technically a physicist-turned-engineer, Chris sees himself more as a ‘spaceist’, interested in all aspects of space.

Chris is a Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation and a member of the European Commission Horizon 2020 Space Advisory Group. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow/Vice-President of the British Interplanetary Society, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Chartered Physicist and Member of the Institute of Physics and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

A longstanding practitioner of space education, Chris is former two-time Chair of the International Astronautical Federation Space Education and Outreach Committee a board member of the World Space Week Association. In 2009 he was awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education. Chris’ other activities include being a board member of the Arts Catalyst and an advisory board member of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies and the Space Generation Advisory Council. In 2015 he was the recipient of an IAF Distinguished Service Award.

Chris has a BSc in Physics from Cardiff University, an MSc in Space Physics from the University of Leicester and a PhD in Spacecraft Engineering from Cranfield University.

Twitter: @ProfChrisWelch