Faculty/ KSU Leadership
K2S reviews available upon request. Introductions in Kids to Space: A Space Traveler’s Guide and Kids to Space Mission Plans: An Educator’s Guide outline educational purpose and intent. Contacted and collaborated with principals, teachers, parents, and students in 99 schools in all U.S. states and in Canada.
18,000 questions related to preparations for traveling to space, space work and life, and space exploration were received. Identified and contacted 83 experts to answer the kids’ questions. Organized and edited all material, including 6000 illustrations and permissions.
Idea to publication: 16 months. Coordinated with 90 organizations and for a companion educator’s guide: lesson plans for the 94 Kids to Space chapter topics, to national standards, for grades 5-8.
Gordon Arthur began his career with the BBC after graduating in physics from Birmingham (UK). After 13 years in the TV industry, finishing with Sky TV, he returned to university part-time to study philosophy and religion in 1995, emerging from King’s College, London (UK) with an MA in philosophy of religion in 1997, and a PhD in theology in 2004.
He moved to Canada in 2006, where he became involved with KSU. He currently serves as chancellor, and has been a member of the dissertation committee. He also copy-edits term papers and dissertations. Gordon lives in New Westminster, BC.
Sherry E. Bell, Ph.D. is currently Chair of the Sherry Bell School of Psychology at Kepler Space Institute. She is serving on Master’s thesis and Doctoral dissertation committees.
Dr. Bell’s education consists of a B.S. in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Capella University. She maintains a private practice where she teams with an M.D. working with weight loss issues. Dr. Bell is an avid supporter of the Space Settlement Movement. She has made numerous presentations at the National Space Society’s annual conference, the International Space Development Conference, where she frequently Chairs a Track. Dr. Bell has published three chapters and is the Editor of one book.
Director of Technology, Highly skilled in designing and developing large-scale systems and applications, Archive/ records management/ ERP Systems, IT Security, Database development/ Management, Networking and configuration, Web developer with about 15 years experience.
Assoc. Professor (Dr) Balwant Rai is the founder of curriculum aeronautical (2006) and space Dentistry and JBR group association of space and aeronautical dentistry (2006). He is Program Director and Associate Professor of Aeronautic Dentistry at KSI. He is working as Researcher, VU, Amsterdam. He is also consultants and adviser of different companies. He is also the President and Founder of the JBR Institute of Health Education Research and Technology. Dr Rai has more than 100 published articles in international and national journals, has written seven books, and is Editor-in-Chief of four international journals He is also founder of the BR formula and BR regression equation used in forensic technology.
His current work involves the effect of micro-gravity on the oral cavity, human physiology and psychology and non-invasive biomarkers, including the elaboration of technologies to prevent the adverse effects of microgravity on the human physiology including oral cavity. His biography has been published in Who’s Who in Health and Medicine and Who’s Who in the World, USA. He is invited Editor of Mars Quarterly. He is an invited reviewer to NRF, South Africa, reviewer of more than 10 different journals, and has seven pending patents. He is an invited reviewer of many national and international indexed journals.
He was selected as part of Crew 78, Crew on the Mars Desert Research Station [MDRS] as Health and Safety Officer and appointed as Commander for 100 B and Commander 114 crew on MDRS. He is principal investigator cum researcher on a project entitled “simulated micro-gravity and human factors including oral cavity: non invasive technology”. Dr Rai is working with different space related research projects and has been an invited judge for different space related programs. He has a strong belief in leaving a mark on space programs using non-invasive diagnostic technologies.
Robert L. Frantz has completed multiple careers. Serving in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years he was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a fighter pilot. Following this career, he flew as a commercial pilot for United Airlines and retired after 16 years as a Captain. In his third career he served as a university administrator and as a professor in business administration, specializing in distant education, both as a professor and as an online administrator. Currently he is the President, CEO, and Cofounder of Kepler Space University. He served for ten years on the board of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society (.org) where he held positions of President and COB.
He is also the COB for Ashburn Institute (.org) and has promoted international integration through the organizations graduate level scholarship endowment. His 22 years of nonprofit work has also included extensive volunteer work in Africa in technology infrastructure development and education delivery through distant learning. Additionally he volunteered for nine years at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum working in fundraising/development and nine years at the same time with the Airline Pilots Association (on loan from United Airlines) where his duties included serving on the President’s Commission for Airline Safety.
His education includes a BA, University of Minnesota and a MS, University of Southern California. He completed his doctoral course requirements and comprehensive exam at a Virginia business graduate school earning the distinction of ABD (all but dissertation). He then transferred his doctoral work to Kepler Space University and successfully defended his dissertation receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Space Science. He is also about to complete a second PhD with American University Girme, a European accredited university located in North Cypress. He cofounded Kepler Space Institute, a U.S. nonprofit corporation, along with Dr. Bob Krone and Walter Putnam.
A complete bio is available upon request.
Lawrence Downing, before his retirement, served for more than 40 years as a parish minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In addition to pastoral responsibilities, he was an adjunct professor at La Sierra University where he taught in the School of Business MBA program and in the School of Religion. He spent one quarter as a visiting professor at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines where he taught in the School of Business and in the Seminary.
He has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors at four hospitals and numerous elementary and high schools. He currently works part-time with the Chaplaincy Department at the White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Larry resides in Santa Ana, CA.
Bob Krone, PhD, is a former U.S. Air Force jet pilot, commander, headquarters personnel officer, and chief of the nuclear policy section of NATO. He is an emeritus professor of systems management at the University of Southern California, a distinguished visiting professor in the school of business at La Sierra University, and an adjunct professor for doctoral programs for the International Graduate School of Business at the University of South Australia. He is also a member of the Aerospace Technology Working Group. He lives in Fallbrook, California.
In my work on SETI I helped develop a version of the Fast Fourier Transform Analyzer, and over this period Dr. Kraus and his graduate students, including me, worked on the then secret GPS for the US Navy. In 1983 that system was declassified by the Reagan administration and in 1995 it was fully operational. The Clinton Administration after canvassing those who worked on the program declassified all aspects of the system. Following that, in March 1996 I gave testimony in support of the 1996 Space Policy Act strongly supporting commercialization of space launch.
Along the way I invented the computer based cash register and a golf ball that changes colors. I started companies to commercialize these ideas and was successful in both those ventures. worked on SETI whilst in graduate school, http://trashotron.com/agony/columns/05-24-02.htm http://www.bigear.org/JDKpassage- articles.htm#Dispatch20040723
Walter Putnam, Kepler Space Institute’s dean of communications, is a veteran journalist and former Middle East correspondent who retired in 2009 after a career of more than 30 years with The Associated Press. He has long been interested in space research and development, and helped cover Shuttle launches and landings while working with the AP in Florida in the early 1980s. In addition to serving on the KSI board, Walt is on the executive committee of Spare Renaissance International and also is a member of the National Space Society.
An expert in public economics who has conducted a number of empirical and evaluation studies and worked as a practitioner in the fields of economics, ICT and innovation, fiscal, social, and cultural policies assessment, urban planning and development. She is the author of Fiscal Health Index and Innovation Index for 140 American Cities.
Dr. Khovanova-Rubicondo holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and the College of Urban Planning (UIC).
During her career Dr. Khovanova-Rubicondo occupied policy advisory, management, teaching, and consulting positions at such organizations as the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France); the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium); the Government Financial Officers’ Association, Chicago, IL; the Development Alternatives, Inc. and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC; and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Eastern Europe. A distinguished record of her publications include book chapters, reviews, evaluations, individual studies and edited manuscripts that were published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Public Administration Review and the Environment and Behavior (USA), Croatian Economic Survey (Croatia), Editions Rodopi (the Netherlands), the Global Magazine (SAGA Foundation, Poland), and others.
Dr. Kseniya Khovanova-Rubicondo is has been a Senior Fellow and Research Projects Manager at the Ashburn Institute (SC, USA) think-tank for more than 7 years.
Walt’s wife, Geni, is a former flight attendant for Delta Air Lines. An avid reader and world traveler, she still found the time to rear their three children and now stays active with volunteer work including Atlanta’s Fox Theatre and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Although Geni holds no formal position with Kepler, she has been a steady presence at the KSI booths at the International Space Development Conferences in Chicago in 2010 and Huntsville, Ala., in 2011.