Frank Drake

Frank Drake
Chairman Emeritus

  • Former Director, Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe

  • Former Chairman, SETI Institute Board of Trustees

  • Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics (1984 - 1996), Professor Emeritus (1996 - present), and Dean, Natural Sciences (1984 - 88), UC Santa Cruz

  • Member, National Academy of Sciences

  • Chairman, Board of Physics and Astronomy, National Research Council (1989 - 92)

  • President, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1988 - 90)

  • Director, National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (1970 - 81)

  • Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University (1964 - 84)

  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University

  • B.A. in Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Christopher Chyba

Christopher Chyba
Trustee Emeritus

  • Professor of Astrophysics and International Affairs at Princeton University
  • Co-Director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • Member, SETI Institute Board of Trustees, 2005 - 2007
  • Former SETI Institute Carl Sagan Chair for the Study of Life in the Universe, 1998 - 2005
  • Former Director, SETI Institute Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, 1998 - 2004
  • Chair, Committee on Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars for the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies
  • Former Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University and Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford
  • Named MacArthur Fellow in October, 2001
  • 1996 Recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award 

Linda Bernardi

Linda Bernardi
Trustee Emeritus

Innovator, entrepreneur and author,

  • CEO, StraTerra Partners
  • Member SETI Institute Board of Trustees (2002-2013)
  • Tech start-up angel investor US, India, Asia, Europe
  • Vice President Global Strategy, Capgemini Corporation
  • Founder, CEO & President of ConnecTerra, Inc.(2001-2005)
  • Vice President Strategy, Pharmaceutical Product Development (1997-2000)
  • Vice President Technology and Software division, Bolt Beranek and Newmann (1986-1997)
  • Emeritus Board Member, the Anita Borg Institute for Women, (2000-2010)
  • M..S. in Applied Statistics, UCLA

Al Bagley

Al Bagley
Trustee Emeritus

  • Retired Hewlett-Packard executive, having served 37 years for HP in northern California. While at HP, was General Manager of the Frequency and Time Division (later became the Santa Clara Division). Also served as Engineering Manager of HPs Electronic Instruments Group.
  • Member, SETI Institute Board of Trustees

  • Past member, Scientific Advisory Board, Trimble Navigation

  • Past Board Chairman, SocialTech Organization.

  • M.S., Stanford University, Engineering (recipient of HP Fellowship) (1949)

  • B.S., CalTech, Electrical Engineering (1948)

Ly Ly

Ly Ly
Director, Communication Services

Ly is responsible for the day to day operation and production of the SETI Institute's various multimedia outreach, including the weekly colloquium series and, which receives over 1 million unique users a year. His main interest is creating various avenues to educate the public about science.

Ly grew up in southern california, and graduated from UCLA. He moved to the San Francisco bay area in 1999, and has never looked back. "I love the people here, they are so friendly...and who doesn't love the weather?"

He has worked as a behavioral therapist, an independent graphics artist, a web developer, a game tester at Sega of America and has even done voice overs for independent film and an audio book project, 50 American Slangs.

Steve Brockbank

Steve Brockbank
Director, Information Technology, Security, & Facilities

Steve shares the responsibilities of ensuring that the tactical and strategic efforts of the Institute's operational units are aligned with and promote the success of the Institute's mission.


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