Robert Jahn, PhD, was founder and director of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory from its establishment in 1979 until its closing in 2007. As an applied physicist and aerospace engineer and Professor of Aerospace Sciences, he served as Dean of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science for 15 years. He has presided over major research programs in advanced aerospace propulsion systems in cooperation with NASA and the US Air Force, for which he was awarded a Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Electric Propulsion. He is the author of four major textbooks and several hundred publications in various technical fields. He is a recipient of the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award of the American Association of Engineering Education, and the prestigious Wyld Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Vice President of the Society for Scientific Exploration. In 2006 he received the Edgar Mitchell Award for Noetic Leadership.