John M. Fabian

Dr. Fabian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Washington State University, 1962, a Master's degree in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, 1964, and a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington, 1974.

From November 1991 to November 1998, Dr. Fabian was president and chief executive officer of ANSER, an independent, not-for-profit, public service research institution, providing research and analysis support on national and international issues. Dr. Fabian joined ANSER as vice president for space systems, July 1987, was appointed ANSER executive vice president, April 1990. After retiring as CEO, Dr. Fabian remained at ANSER, on a part-time basis until April 1999. He is now fully retired.

Dr. Fabian served on the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Redesign of the Space Station, the National Research Council Committee on Space Station, the External Advisory Council for Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on Shuttle-Mir missions. He currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council's ISS IOR Task Force, the Board of the American Astronautical Society, and is a member of the User Panel of the National Space Biology Research Institute.

From January 1986 to July 1987, he was Director of Space, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He had HQ USAF responsibility for all Air Force space program operations.

In 1986, he was appointed to the staff of the President's Commission to investigate the Space Shuttle Challenger accident. As a member of the Commission, he investigated shuttle operations, mission planning, safety, quality assurance, and reliability of the Space Shuttle program.

Dr. Fabian was a space shuttle Astronaut with NASA from 1978 to 1986. He flew on the Challenger (STS-7) in 1983 and on the Discovery (STS-51-G) in 1985. Dr. Fabian conducted evaluations and analyses during the development of the space shuttle remote manipulator system; evaluated and characterized the failure modes and effects analysis to determine system test and flight crew training requirements; served as the principal test pilot during malfunction effects testing to establish satisfactory safety margins; and developed the first operational procedures to support contingency (post-malfunction) deployment and retrieval of critical defense payloads. He also initiated the first comprehensive study of crew training requirements for the operational phase of the space shuttle program. This study further defined the various roles of shuttle mission specialist astronauts and allocated appropriate training.

From 1974 to 1978 he served as associate professor of aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy and taught advanced courses in aeronautics, thermodynamics, and jet engine propulsion.

In 1966, he received his Air Force pilot wings. He served as KC-135 copilot, pilot, and instructor pilot from 1966 to 1971 and completed two South East Asia combat tours, flying 96 combat missions.

As a member of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE-USA) Dr. Fabian served as President from December 1989 through December 1992 and as Vice President in 1988 and 1994. From 1989 to 1994 and 2000 to 2008 he was also co-president of the ASE international executive committee.

Dr. Fabian is a Command Pilot and Astronaut with more than 4,000 flying hours in a variety of air and spacecraft. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak-leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the French Legion of Honor, the Saudi Arabian King Abdul Aziz Medal, and the NASA Space Flight Medal with one oak-leaf cluster. He was also awarded the 1984 Komarov Diploma by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

Dr. Fabian has published articles, reports, and papers on aerodynamics, propulsion, space shuttle operations, safety, and international cooperation. He has made more than 500 formal presentations and interviews in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Indonesia, Czechoslovakia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Spain, India, Finland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Greece, and Austria.

Dr. Fabian's professional affiliations include: Fellow, American Astronautical Society (AAS) Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Chairman, AIAA 1999 Fellows Selection Committee, Member, AIAA, Historical Sites Committee National Space Biology Research Institute - Member of the User Panel Former Vice President for Plans and Policy, International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Member, Engineering Sciences, International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Session Co-Chairman, IAA/IAF Committee on International Cooperation 1993, 1994, and 1995. Member, IAA Committee on International Space Policy Member, IAA, Committee on Safety and Rescue Studies Member, IAA, Subcommittee on Human Factors of the IAA/IAF Committee on Life Sciences. Honorary Trustee, Washington State University Foundation Former Trustee, Phi Sigma Kappa Foundation

In 2004, John Fabian was named to the Board of Regents of Washington State University.

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III Congress, IV Congress, V Congress, VI Congress, VII Congress, VIII Congress, IX Congress, X Congress, XI Congress, XIII Congress, XIV Congress, XV Congress, XVI Congress, XVII Congress, XVIII Congress, XIX Congress, XX Congress



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