Gregg E. Maryniak
Gregg E. Maryniak is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education for the X PRIZE Foundation.
Maryniak received his Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University in 1978. Following a career as a trial attorney, he served as the Vice President for Research and Development, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Space Studies Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. He originated the Lunar Prospector space probe in 1985 (which is scheduled to orbit the moon in 1997).
He has been an Instructor at the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History and is a trustee and Professor of the International Space University. He has provided briefings to the President's National Commission on Space, members of the NASA Office of Exploration and the NASA Administrator, on space resources and space power. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics named him a Distinguished Lecturer in 1991 for his presentation, "The Harvest of Space."
In 1996 he was awarded the Tsiolkovsky Medal for his work in the use of the resources of free space.