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Nancy C. Wolfson

Disrupting Space LLC and Vice Chair
IAF Near Earth Objects Committee

Nancy C. Wolfson, is a Washington, D.C. based scholar, independent researcher, speaker,and entrepreneur. Wolfson is a published author and she is currently the Vice Chair of the IAF Technical Committee on Near Earth Objects (NEOs). She is the President of Disrupting Space LLC a company dedicated to analog research and education based in the U.S. Wolfson is an internationally-recognized expert in cross communication processes in business and academia, entrepreneurial education, strategic management processes, technology and societal aspects research for various sectors of the space industry.

Great part of her work is focused on education and communication about asteroids and contributing to the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), She is a signatory for United Nations Declaration for Asteroid Day, an awareness and educational program designated to teach the world about asteroids, in this effort Wolfson is joined by prominent leaders in science, technology, business and more than 125 astronauts, including Apollo 9’s Rusty Schweickart. She also participated in The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Find An Asteroid Search Campaign in 2018.

Wolfson is a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Entrepreneurship and Investment Technical Committee (EIC), and the Space Education and Outreach Technical Committee (SEOC). Through her work as an independent researcher Wolfson was invited to participate in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) – Nation of Makers Meeting.

She is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and moderator at international and U.S. events. Among her most recent engagements are a series of presentations at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) By the IAF, the United Nation Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Planetary Defense Conference (PDC), the Global Networking Forum (GNF), and the Mexican Space Agency just to mention some. Wolfson was named Space Ambassador and Media Communications Representative for Yuri’s Night (non profit organization) event in 2019, this event celebrated Yuri Gagarin work.

Among her efforts with academia, Wolfson regularly speaks and mentors students from high-school and faculty in the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Wolfson acted as Program Development Manager for several space related educational initiatives such as a High Altitude Balloon project, where new technology was tested and several payloads were launched in collaboration with MakerSpaces and Wikipedia-Wikimedia non profit organization in 2017-2018 (U.S.), CRISPR Biotechnology-genetic editing seminars (U.S.) where she collaborated with scientists, engineers, physicists and other professionals in the U.S. and around the world. She conducted a survey for “Space Belongs to All” program at Wilson College, (India) to engage with PhD professors and engineers to foster a cross-industry space conversation. She was a member of the Fulbright Specialist Program mission to the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) where she conducted a faculty training session on the study of outer space in 2016.

Nancy C. Wolfson focuses on Human and Social Sciences aiming for diverse and healthy human colonies in Outer Space. Nancy’s objective is to democratize access to higher learning, making space concepts accessible to all academia, corporations and the broad general public.


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