Peter Zandan is an EarthSky Partner and helps guide our science outreach. He is a senior advisor for Public Strategies, Inc., where he directs the firm's strategic initiatives and research. Peter has helped to launch, lead and fund numerous business and nonprofit ventures including: IntelliQuest Information Group (IQST NASDAQ), where he was the founder, Chairman and CEO for 15 years of the world's fastest growing market research firm with over 500 employees worldwide. He was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Zilliant, a successful venture-backed enterprise software company. Peter has also served as a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a member of the Advisory Board of the McCombs Graduate School of Business. He has been selected by Interactive Week as one of the "Unsung Heroes of the Internet" and awarded Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year." He has served on the executive management committee of the Explorers Club in New York City. He has been active in Austin's community organizations including Austin's public television station, Austin City Limits, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, and Austin's 360 Summit. For his community activities, he has been recognized by the Austin American Statesman as a "Hero of Democracy," by the Austin Chronicle as "Best Local Visionary," and by Austin's leading environmental group as "Soul of the City." Peter received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.