Joe Pesce is an Astrophysicist primarily interested in the external environments of the galaxies hosting supermassive black holes. Dr. Pesce is currently a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Division of Astronomical Sciences, responsible for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRA); a Part-time Professor at George Mason University; and a Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is an expert in critical & creative thinking, analytic methodology, STEM issues, interdisciplinary research, and leadership issues. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and received a B.A. degree (cum laude and with Honors) in Physics from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and M.Sc., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University (Peterhouse) and the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy. Dr. Pesce other interests include interspecies communication, non-human intelligence, psychology, art, history, Star Trek, and all things British!