Dennis Stone is Volunteer President of the World Space Week Association. He co-founded and led the organization, then Spaceweek National Headquarters, in 1982 when it coordinated Spaceweek in July. Spaceweek spread to 15 nations. After the UN’s declaration of World Space Week in 1999, Mr. Stone led efforts to merge the events. World Space Week then grew into largest space event in the world, now with over 1,800 events in 72 nations. Today, as its chief executive, he manages the Association’s professional staff and chairs its executive committee.
Mr. Stone has 30 years’ experience at NASA, where he manage nearly $1B in investment in commercial space industry. He is presently Project Executive of NASA’s Commercial Space Capabilities Office at the Johnson Space Center, providing NASA expertise to the commercial space industry. Previously he helped manage NASA’s successful Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, which invested in capabilities of SpaceX and Orbital Sciences to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Prior to COTS, Mr. Stone had two decades of program management and system engineering experience at NASA, including as Chief System Engineer of the Assured Crew Return Vehicle, Manager of ISS Avionics Integration, ISS Risk Management Lead, and ISS Commercialization Working Group Chair.
He began his career at McDonnell Douglas designing software for the commercial Payload Assist Module, and then worked at Ford Aerospace and Rockwell International supporting JSC before joining NASA.
He earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, in Physics and Electrical Engineering, from the University of Hawaii. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.
Email: dstone @ worldspaceweek.org