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Joseph E. Pesce

Joseph E. Pesce portrait
(703) 292-7373
(703) 292-9034
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Arecibo Observatory
Electromagnetic Spectrum Management (ESM)
Management and Operations of the Arecibo Observatory


Joseph E. Pesce is a Program Director at the NSF, Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Division of Astronomical Sciences.  An Astrophysicist with 30 years of experience, his primary area of interest is in the external environments of galaxies hosting super massive black holes.

He is currently a Professor at George Mason University; and a Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He founded Omnis, Inc. & Creative Thinking Solutions Intl, focusing on critical thinking & problem solving education.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society; on the Board of The Presidents Leadership Class (CU); a member of the American Astronomical Society; the AAAS; Sigma Pi Sigma; AIP; the Cambridge Philosophical Society; and the Cosmos Club.

Dr. Pesce received a BA (cum laude & with Honors) in Physics from the University of Colorado, and his MSc, MPhil, & PhD from Cambridge (Peterhouse) & the International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy.

Dr. Pesce's other interests include interspecies communication, non-human intelligence, & psychology, history, art, music, and antiquarian books.