Shelby G. Tilford

Former NASA Acting Assistant Administrator for Mission to Planet Earth

Dr. Shelby Tilford is internationally recognized as a key influence in establishing the study of Earth system science and developing today’s global, space-based Earth observation capabilities. As acting assistant administrator for NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth program, Dr. Tilford led the establishment of a comprehensive, long-term national program to study variations in the Earth’s environment due to natural and human-induced changes.

His leadership also extended beyond national boundaries to promote unparalleled cooperation among the world’s civil space agencies and leading research institutions. Advances in areas from atmospheric chemistry to terrestrial and hydrological studies can be attributed to the dedication and vision of Dr. Tilford. His scientific expertise and commitment to using scientific resources to advance education provide a most valuable contribution to the Institute’s board.