Faculty Profile

Adjunct Professor

Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

M.B.A., University of California at Los Angeles

M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dr. Edelson has served as a faculty member in the College of Business since 2002. He became Chair of the Business Division in 2005 and was the Dean of the College through April, 2010. Dr. Edelson earned a Ph.D. in Executive Management at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management of Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. He received his M. B. A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and has master’s and bachelor’s of science degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as four years of post-graduate study in fluid dynamics at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Wilmington University, Dr. Edelson was an assistant professor and Director of the M. B. A. program at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. He has taught courses in management, leadership, business strategy, and quantitative methods. Before joining academia, Dr. Edelson spent most of his career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology where he worked on NASA’s solar system exploration program through such projects as spacecraft to Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn and efforts of the Deep Space Network, including a stint as JPL project manager of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He also aided early efforts of the space station program. Dr. Edelson served in a number of management roles at JPL including Telecommunications Systems Section manager, Information Systems Engineering Section manager, and Management Systems Office manager for the space station program. He also was the Director of the Government Technology Center of GTE Laboratories for a time. Dissertation title: The Influence of Supervisor-Subordinate Mental Model Congruence on Group Effectiveness and Subordinates’ Satisfaction with Their Supervisor. This research dealt with an element of Peter Senge’s systems thinking practice and organizational learning generally. Areas of research interest include: • Management theory • Organizational learning • Motivation • Quantitative methods