Today, every satellite launch and maneuver is carefully coordinated because some orbits are strewn with the space-based equivalent of blown tires, abandoned vehicles, loose gravel and, of course, other traffic.
May 16, 2014
Dave Baiocchi (bye-OH-key) is an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where he teaches courses on research and design. He is a designer, futurist and problem-solver who works at the intersection of technology, art and the human experience.
A recovering engineer, Baiocchi started his career at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he designed space telescopes—he has several sensors currently in orbit. Looking to have greater impact on the nation’s science and technology strategies, he joined the RAND Corporation in 2008, and he built a client practice that helped senior decision makers at NASA, DARPA and the Air Force better understand the implications of emerging technologies.
In 2019, Baiocchi founded Imaginative Futures, an innovation strategy consultancy that integrates original, multidisciplinary research with technology & design trends to help business leaders adapt in a rapidly changing world.
Baiocchi remains affiliated with RAND as an adjunct researcher, where he works on special projects with RAND leadership. He holds a B.S. in physics from DePaul University and a Ph.D. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona.
Dave Baiocchi and Steven Fox, Surprise! From CEOs to Navy SEALs: How a Select Group of Professionals Prepare for and Respond to the Unexpected, RAND (RR-341), 2013
Dave Baiocchi and William Welser IV, Confronting Space Debris, RAND (MG-1042), 2010
Tim Bonds, Dave Baiocchi, and Laurie McDonald, Army Deployments to OIF and OEF, RAND (DB-587), 2009
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