Susan J. Irwin is President of Irwin Communications, Inc. a consulting and market research firm she founded in 1985, focusing on the satellite communications industry.
Ms. Irwin began her satellite career in 1977, where she worked for the Appalachian Education Satellite Project, which demonstrated the efficacy of satellites to provide communications to rural areas. As a telecommunications policy analyst for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, she managed the Satellite Applications Program, the goal of which was to stimulate the use of the newly launched commercial satellites in the U.S. and provide training in emerging regions for delivery of public services. This program offered the first operational proof of the advantages of satellite communications for distance learning and teleconferencing. Ms. Irwin then joined the start-up team of Private Satellite Network, Inc., a company that pioneered the use of satellites for corporate training and communications.
Ms. Irwin is widely published and a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the world. Since its inception in 2002, Ms. Irwin has also been the conference chair of SATCON. Ms. Irwin is a co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, a Director Emeritus of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Telecommunications Council, and Vice President and a Director of the American Astronautical Society. In 2013, Ms. Irwin was inducted into the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) Satellite Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievements in the industry. She holds a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University.