Sumayya is a Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (formerly Orbital ATK), primarily working on lunar gateway related projects. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in December 2018. At UCF, Sumayya served as Chair for the 2017 SpaceVision national conference and was the SEDS-UCF president for the 2017-18 term. She continues her involvement in SEDS as the SEDS SAT-2 project manager. In 2017, Sumayya launched her Systems Engineering career with Orbital ATK as an intern through the Brooke Owens Fellowship. Before becoming a fellow, Sumayya worked as a Research Associate in UCF’s Center for Microgravity Research and as a Quality Analyst for Lockheed Martin.
Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth & Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and President of The Planetary Society. He is an active astronomer and planetary scientist who has been involved in solar system exploration using the Hubble Space Telescope, Mars rovers, the Voyager missions, and orbiters sent to Mars, the Moon, and several asteroids.
His research focuses on the use of remote sensing imaging and spectroscopy to assess the geology, composition, and mineralogy of the surfaces of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. Jim is also an author of popular science books related to space exploration, including Postcards from Mars, The Space Book, The Interstellar Age, The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide, and The Earth Book.
He has received the American Astronomical Society’s Carl Sagan Medal for public communication in science, and has a main belt asteroid named after him – 8146 jimbell.
Rob Chambers is the director of Human Spaceflight Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin’s Corporation’s Space Systems Company. In this role, he is focused on Lockheed Martin’s blueprint for deep space exploration, leveraging the company’s proven heritage in robotic and human spaceflight to extend humanity’s understanding of our solar system to answer fundamental questions about where we come from, where we’re going, and whether we’re alone in the universe.
Rob has been with Lockheed Martin since 1993 and has worked on a variety of Space Systems Company programs including Earth remote sensing satellites, the Space Shuttle, Orion, and deep space habitats.
Rob has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. Throughout his career, Rob has led the development of guidance and controls subsystems, avionics, and flight software.
Patrick Clark is conceptual design engineer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Advanced Development Programs, also known as the Skunk Works®. In this role, he is responsible for leading and supporting a diverse array of technical activities to shape, define, mature, and field future air vehicle platforms and technology. Patrick graduated with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2017, and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2016. Prior to Lockheed Martin and during his education, Patrick worked as a configuration design engineer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes evolving near-term future commercial airplane studies, and before that as a flight sciences engineer for developing programs. Prior to Boeing, Patrick worked as a systems engineer for developmental engine programs with GE Aviation and for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on deployable satellite structures.
In addition to his technical work, Patrick is dedicated to both the aerospace professional community and K-12 STEM outreach. His recent efforts in mentoring high school students have led to the development of high school aerospace/math education curriculums and national recognition from the Engineers’ Council. He is also actively involved in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) professional society in both organizational and technical leadership positions.
Lindy Elkins-Tanton is the Principal Investigator of the NASA Psyche mission, co-chair of the Interplanetary Initiative at ASU, and co-founder of Beagle Learning, a tech company training and measuring collaborative problem-solving and critical thinking. Elkins-Tanton received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from MIT. She has led four field expeditions in Siberia. She served on the Planetary Decadal Survey Mars panel, and the Mars 2020 Rover Science Definition Team, and now serves on the Europa Clipper Standing Review Board.
In 2010 she was awarded the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas prize. Asteroid (8252) Elkins-Tanton is named for her. In 2013 she was named the Astor Fellow at Oxford University. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and of the American Mineralogical Society, and in 2018 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Together we are working toward a positive space exploration future, and toward creating a generation of problem-solvers.
Kier Fortier is a Launch Manager at Spire Global, where he is responsible for the mission management of the organization’s launch portfolio, which is made up of 3U CubeSats used to track maritime, aviation, and weather activity from space.
Previously, Kier worked at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), where he supported the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) as the EXI Instrument Systems Engineer.
Kier earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder. During his graduate studies, Kier worked at LASP with the MAVEN and Mars Global Surveyor science teams. Kier is an alumnus of CU-SEDS.
Dr. Tanya Harrison is the Manager of Science Programs at Planet Federal, a subsidiary of Planet Labs. Her role is science evangelism, working to increase the use of Planet’s Earth observation data for scientific research. Prior to that, she worked in mission operations for various NASA Mars orbital and rover missions over the past decade.
She holds a Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, and a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Washington. Tanya is also an avid science communicator, known on Twitter as @tanyaofmars, where she tweets about all things Mars and works to increase visibility and inclusivity of people with disabilities in STEM.
Therese Jones joined the Satellite Industry Association as its Senior Director of Policy in January 2018. In this role, Ms. Jones supports SIA’s work on government services, regulatory, legislative, defense, export-control and trade issues of critical importance to the Association’s members.
Prior to joining SIA, Ms. Jones was an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where she focused on space policy. In this role, she supported the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, U.S. Air Force, and Army in assessing new space technologies, increasing the resilience of the national space architecture, and determining commercial acquisition strategies for communications and remote sensing services. Before transitioning into space policy, she worked as an astrophysics researcher focusing on galaxy formation and evolution.
Ms. Jones is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She holds a master’s in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and bachelor’s degrees in astronomy and astrophysics, physics, German, and international studies from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Hannah Kerner is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. Her research involves developing new machine learning methods for analyzing remote sensing data for agricultural monitoring, food security, and scientific applications.
Hannah received her B.S. in computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her PhD at Arizona State University, where she developed new methods for facilitating scientific discovery in planetary exploration investigations at Mars, the Moon, and Earth using machine learning. She has developed onboard software for the world’s largest constellation of satellites at Planet, Inc., and worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Langley Research Center.
Shawn Linam is the co-founder and CEO of Qwaltec, Inc., a Tempe, Arizona woman- owned small business that provides high-quality systems engineering, mission readiness, and technical training services. Her focus is on customer satisfaction and employee fulfillment. She is responsible for the development, direction, management and operations of the company. Prior to founding Qwaltec in 2001, Shawn provided mission readiness and training for commercial and government satellite operations teams. She has extensive experience in space systems operations and has designed and implemented training systems for numerous government and commercial space programs. She began her career in space operations at NASA where she worked as a Space Shuttle and Space Station astronaut and flight controller instructor.
In addition to her day job, Shawn is currently the STEM Advisor for the Girl’s Rule Foundation. Girls Rule Foundation is a leader in empowerment, leadership and educational workshops and programs for girls ages 12-18. Shawn is passionate about encouraging women and girls in the pursuit of STEM fields.
David Oh is a Senior Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) who has worked on missions to the Moon, Mars, Asteroid Belt, and beyond. David joined JPL in 2003, led the cross-cutting systems engineering team that designed and tested the avionics, thermal, and communications systems for the Curiosity Mars Rover, and was the rover’s Lead Flight Director through launch, cruise, and early surface operations. Prior to coming to JPL, David spent seven years working on Earth orbiting communications satellites at Space Systems/Loral. David received an Sc.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1997, and Bachelor’s degrees in Astronautics and in Music from MIT in 1991.
Today, David is the Project Systems Engineering manager for one of the newest additions to NASA’s Discovery mission portfolio: “Psyche: Journey to a Metal World.” This mission will use electric propulsion to visit a type of world never before explored: a 200-km diameter asteroid made almost entirely of metal.
Vishnu Reddy is an associate professor of planetary sciences at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, in Tucson. Prof. Reddy leads the investigation team on NASA’s Near-Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) mission to discover 90% of near-Earth objects (NEOs) larger than 140 meters to fulfill the George E. Brown Congressional mandate. He was also a member of NASA’s Dawn mission working with the Framing Camera team at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany. Since 2005, Prof. Reddy has been characterizing NEOs using the NASA IRTF telescope for the NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office. In addition to his work with NASA, Prof. Reddy is part of the Space Situational Awareness program at the University of Arizona where he has developed a network of small optical sensors to characterize orbital debris and active resident space objects for the United States Air Force Research Laboratory.
David A. Vallado is a Senior Research Astrodynamicist with CSSI/AGI with almost 40 years of experience and contributions. He has focused on many different topics within astrodynamics. Previously, he was a principal engineer with Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems in Denver, CO, where he worked to integrate new technologies into ground software control systems. He is a retired Air Force officer with assignments in space, missiles, and academia. During this time, he supervised several highly successful high-accuracy orbit determination tests conducted by the AF Research Laboratory including a historic first dark-pass illumination from the Maui Space Surveillance Site, perfected an algorithm to calculate the time-of-flight for incoming ballistic missiles which was adopted during the Command Center Processing Display System Replacement contract, and coordinated the acquisition, and technical management of the MX Stage I missile program.
He completed his M.S. in Systems Management at the University of Southern California in 1982, and an M.S. in Astronautical Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1984. He is the author of the advanced astrodynamics textbook, Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications (McGraw-Hill, 1997, 4th ed, Microcosm, 2013, 1106 pgs). Mr. Vallado is an AAS Fellow and an AIAA Associate Fellow. Finally, he has served as associate editor for several Journal publications in astrodynamics and celestial mechanics.
Jordan Bush is a Global Talent Acquisition Advisor, specializing in Boeing Global Services (Product Support/Retrofit and Customer Training). He has been with Boeing for 1.5 years at the Mesa location, but hopes to work at other locations in the future.
Mr. Bush was raised in Oceanside, CA near Camp Pendleton, and has a younger brother. Basketball is one of his favorite recreational activities. Mr. Bush holds an Associates Degree in Communications from Mira Costa College, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Cal State San Marcos.
Mr. Bush emphasizes diversity and inclusion, believing that there is something to learn from everyone’s experiences, which in turn allows him to be more dynamic will all sorts of people, experiences, and situations.
Bradley Cheetham is an engineer, 3x entrepreneur and lifelong commercial space advocate. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Advanced Space where he leads company operations and strategy to deliver flight dynamics and operations solutions to clients across the space industry
Cheetham earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received his Masters in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he has also conducted significant research on spacecraft navigation in support of a Doctorate of Philosophy. He created and taught a graduate level course in Commercial Spaceflight Operations at CU Boulder for 7 years.
As an advocate for the space industry, he serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Future Space Leaders Foundation, is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, and serves on the Board of Advisors and the Board of Trustees of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).
John Conafay is a veteran of the United States Air Force and currently works at Spaceflight as a Business Development Director, helping companies and governments get their payloads to space. He previously worked at NASA HQ, Bryce Space and Technology, Spire, and Astranis in Business Development, Supply Chain, and Business Intelligence roles. John is also a SEDS-ASU alumni, and was formerly the Executive Director for SEDS-USA.
For 21 years, Dr. Gibson was a co-holder of the American record for time in space of 84 days set when he was the Science-Pilot on Skylab III in 1974. On that mission, he worked outside the space station for over 15 hours during three different spacewalks.
During his 14 year career with NASA, he also served on the support crew of the Apollo 12 mission and as the ground communicator with the flight crew while they explored the moon. He earned Air Force wings and has logged over 2,200 hours of high performance time and 100 hours in helicopters.
Ed earned his undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MS and Ph.D. in Engineering and Physics from the California Institute of Technology. After one year in industry, he was selected as one of the first six Scientist-Astronauts out of 2,000 applicants.
After his NASA career, Ed held marketing and program management positions with Booz, Allen and Hamilton and TRW in the areas of space and energy
development. He was the President of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and his own consulting company, Gibson International. As a Senior Vice President at the Science Applications International Corporation, he was Manager of its EROS Data Center Operations in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As one of two owners of Aerospace Partners, he was the Chairman of a Review Board for the NASA Orion Project, which was intended to return to the moon. He has published technical papers and articles for the general public including a text book in solar physics, two novels through Doubleday and Bantam, Reach and In the Wrong Hands, and edited The Greatest Adventure, a compilation of stories and pictures on space missions from many astronauts and cosmonauts around the world.
Dr. Gibson received a number of honorary doctorate degrees and national and international awards and honors including the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal from the President, and induction into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame.
His current interests are speaking, writing and spoiling grandchildren.
Phoebe Henson is a Systems Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace where she leads the research and development of a next generation life support technology. In this role, she helped invent this new technology and won a NASA contract to further advance the system. Phoebe is currently leading a team to design and build a prototype of this system which will be implemented on the International Space Station in 2021. Phoebe is a graduate of Arizona State University where she studied electrical engineering. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, scuba diving and spending time with her friends and family.
Morgan Kainu is currently a Senior at the University of North Texas (UNT) where she has earned her certification in Applied Anthropology and is majoring in Anthropology with a focus on the Anthropology of Outer Space. Her involvement within the space community includes being the founder and President of the UNT Chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), Job Site Director for SEDS-USA, acting as the liaison between SEDS-USA and NASA STEM Outreach team to plan the NASA Live TV event: The Future of Space (a live discussion for college students which included senior NASA leadership including Administrator Jim Bridenstine and astronauts aboard the International Space Station) in April 2019, Sponsorship Manager for the 2019 NewSpace Conference in Seattle, Washington, and analog astronaut with Mars Academy USA where she has acted as the Crew Health and Safety Officer during the MAU AvatarMEDICS Crew 1124 mission and Lead Flight Director for the Remote Mission Support Team in the MAU Nepal Mars Medics Crew 002 mission from September 7-23, 2019. She has recently been invited to attend an analog mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah and is working with Mars Academy USA on an initiative with SEDS-USA to start conducting analog astronaut missions with SEDS Chapters.
Marc Leatham is a new career Space Systems Engineer working for Booz Allen Hamilton in El Segundo. His work focuses on modeling The Gateway Space Station for NASA, but his true love for science and space stems from the unique hobby of taking pictures of nebulae and galaxies with his backyard telescope. In recent years his work has begun to gain more attention, resulting in it being hung in establishments around the world.
When possible, Marc travels the western states presenting the story of finding a love for engineering through discovering the cosmos, and how you can too.
Natalie Pfister is a senior studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, where she is a member of the Illinois Space Society (ISS), the local SEDS chapter. She is a Brooke Owens Fellow from the Class of 2019 where she interned at Generation Orbit and worked on the structures team for the X-60A, a hypersonic rocket vehicle. This fellowship experience not only introduced her to the space industry but solidified her passion for spacecraft and launch vehicle structural engineering.
Outside of her classes, Natalie has participated in a variety of technical projects through ISS, including the Midwest NASA Space Grant Rocketry Competition and the NASA Micro-g NExT challenge. She also has a passion for educating and mentoring younger students, which she gets to do as an Engineering Learning Assistant (ELA) for the freshman orientation class, Engineering 100. This is her second year as an ELA, where she teaches a class of 22 freshmen students in aerospace engineering about the university, resources on campus, and relevant life and professional skills. This year, Natalie is also the lead ELA for all engineering sections in her department.
Natalie has always loved learning and is known for having a new fun science, culture, or history fact to share every time you meet her. In her free time, she enjoys learning new languages, watching international TV shows and movies, keeping up with the latest NASA news, and going hiking.
Paul Scowen is a Research Professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University. He currently works on astrophysics space mission development as well as imaging, optomechanical and optoelectronic solutions for image stabilization and detectors, as well as next-generation mirror-coating technologies, especially in the ultraviolet.
His science focus is on star and planet formation in massive stellar environments as well as variations in the efficiency of such formation as a function of environment and local star formation history. He has worked intimately with the Hubble Space Telescope during his 25-year career and was coauthor on the iconic Eagle Nebula images and the papers that resulted.
He currently serves on several NASA advisory committees and is a member of the STDT for the HabEx large mission concept study in process at NASA. His active research currently involves being part of two teams building Cubesats for operation in space and the design and construction of image stabilization technology for imagers to be flown on high altitude balloons.
Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is a Founder Astronaut at Virgin Galactic and will be taking one of the 1st commercial suborbital flights on SpaceShipTwo.
Loretta has degrees in Biology from Caltech and Stanford. She traveled to the bottom of the ocean with director James Cameron for the 3D IMAX movie “Aliens of the Deep.” Loretta has worked on 80 Zero G flights and in the Arctic studying plant life in extreme environments.
Loretta is the Co-Creator of Yuri’s Night, the world space party- every April 12th. She co-created it with her husband George Whitesides in 2001. This year there are major events in Seattle, DC, LA, and at KSC.
A leader and pioneer in the space community, Loretta is passionate about bringing together people who want to use space to make a difference for the planet. Her book, The New Right Stuff, is a handbook for anyone who wants to become a leader in the space community.
Tony Antonelli is the Artemis 2 Mission Director for the Orion Program within the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space. In this leadership role, he is responsible for helping to synergize and expedite the human exploration strategy through the development and integration of both science objectives and human exploration goals. His efforts contribute to shaping a definitive path for sustainable human missions to Mars.
Tony is a retired Navy Captain and former NASA Astronaut who has accumulated over 4,700 flight hours in over 40 different kinds of aircraft and served as the pilot for two Space Shuttle missions: STS-119 and STS-132. While serving at NASA, Tony’s leadership roles within the Astronaut Office included the Space Launch System, Commercial Crew, Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM), and Space Shuttle Propulsion.
As the Astronaut Office Lead for Space Shuttle Propulsion, Tony was responsible for all four project elements: the External Tank, Space Shuttle Main Engines, Solid Rocket Motors, and Solid Rocket Boosters. In this capacity, he held signature authority for Certification of Flight Readiness while evaluating impacts of various design changes based on ground and in-flight
anomalies, obsolescence, and planned upgrades.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School.
Tony has been honored with numerous awards, including a Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two NASA Space Flight medals, a Navy Meritorious Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the NASA Return-to-Flight Award.
Grant Bonin is the Chief Engineer, Space Systems at Rocket Lab, where he leads the development of the company’s spacecraft program (Photon) and business development efforts. Prior to Rocket Lab, Mr. Bonin was the Chief Technology Officer of Deep Space Industries (now Bradford Space) and also served as satellite missions manager at the University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory. Mr. Bonin has extensive background in end-to-end space mission design, systems engineering, orbital mechanics, radiation-tolerant avionics, in-space propulsion systems, and spacecraft thermal control. He has managed or contributed hardware to more than three-dozen space missions to date with 100% success in orbit. Mr. Bonin holds a M.A.Sc. in aerospace science and engineering from the University of Toronto, and a B.Eng in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Carleton University.
Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Commercial Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of execution and growth for Commercial and Civil markets in human and robotic deep space exploration, communications and weather and remote sensing. Ms. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center.
In her previous role as Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit of Lockheed Martin Corporation – reporting directly to the Lockheed Martin Audit Committee of the Board of Directors – Ms. Callahan provided independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the Corporation’s operations. Under her leadership, Corporate Internal Audit determined the adequacy and effectiveness of the Corporation’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance processes as designed and represented by management.
Her prior leadership roles also include Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Systems & Training Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Program, and Program Director for Lockheed Martin’s Simulation Training and Support business.
Ms. Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she is a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board.
Dr. Philip Christensen studies planetary geoscience and is a Regents Professor and the Ed and Helen Korrick Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. His work is focused on developing, building, and operating infrared cameras and spectrometers, five of which have flown to Mars on NASA’s Mars Observer, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, and the two Mars Exploration Rover missions. These instruments use infrared observations to map the surface composition, search for habitable environments, and help select the sites for future Mars landers and rovers. They have discovered ancient lake deposits, salt deposits evaporated from water early in Mars history, and sites of recent snow accumulation and melting. Most recently he developed an infrared spectrometer for the OSIRIS- REx mission, which will study a small asteroid and return samples to the Earth, and is developing infrared instruments for the UAE’s Hope Mars mission and NASA’s Europa Clipper and Lucy Discovery missions. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Christensen has been working on concepts for Earth-orbiting cameras and sensors to study the urban environment of cities worldwide. Dr. Christensen is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, received the AGU’s Whipple Award in 2018, the GSA’s G.K. Gilbert Award in 2008, NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 2003, and NASA’s Public Service Medal in 2005. He served on the NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey in 2010-2011 as the chair of the Mars Panel and was Co-Chair of the NRC’s Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science from 2012-2015.
Aaron Dolgin studied Electrical Engineering here at Arizona State University. He recently transferred to a Communications Systems Test Engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation from an Electrical Subsystems Engineer after 3 years. Aaron has been involved in many projects, in the past few years from assisting Raytheon with a robotic arm to volunteering his time to corrdinate tours and mentor high school robotics programs.
Sierra Ferguson is a PhD Candidate and NASA FINESST Graduate Research grant recipient at Arizona State University in the School of Earth an Space Exploration. She is an expert on icy satellites, ocean worlds, and impact cratering on icy targets. Sierra is primarily interested in how ocean worlds form and evolve, what the surface can inform about the history of the satellite and it’s potential for sustaining an ocean. Her current work focuses on Saturn’s satellites Tethys & Dione where she is examining the impact crater record to understand the ages of these moons. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Physics & Astronomy.
Dr. Craig Hardgrove is an Assistant Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU. He is the Principal Investigator for the Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map) cubesat mission and a Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. He is also active in several NASA funded instrument development projects and is Director of Projects for the ASU NewSpace Initiative.
Dr Susan Ip-Jewell has been involved in the areas of space exploration, healthcare, STEAM education, astropreneurship for many years. She is a space research physician- scientist and an alumni of Singularity University, SU, and International Space University, ISU, Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Association, Aerospace Medicine Association, and Associate member of Foresight Institute. Susan is trained in analog astronautics and analog research, space health and wellness, and exponential technologies, She has accrued strong marketing and social media skills and her background in building leadership teams plus excellent business and inter-personal communication skills has led to the formation of Mars Academy USA, LLC, AvatarMEDIC, LLC, and Space Surgery Institute, SSI. These organizations are focused on technological and innovative concepts, R&D in order to improve quality of life in Space and on Earth. Additionally they are platforms for promoting S.T.E.A.M education/outreach programs and pioneering visionary ideas to support human space exploration and future settlements on Mars and Moon. Currently, she is focused on developing a 21st century academy offering experiential learning and unique simulation programs for NextGen young astronauts, professionals, scientists, and astropreneurs and is now offering students from SEDS chapters to join Mars Analog Astronaut SImulation Missions at MAU’s training basecamp facility based in Los Angeles, CA. Her long-term vision is to develop the first commercial astronaut corp where the organization will provide services to the commercial space industries. She is the recipient of many awards, including the “Marie Marvinght Award in Technologies and Innovations for Space” by Aerospace Medical Association recognizing pioneering visionaries in space exploration. Susan was the recipient of National Space Foundation “Living in Space” Award for pioneering future space innovations and enabling development of Martian settlements. She was co-founder of The Clinic, LLC an Integrated wellness and telemedicine company in Los Angeles.
Janet Karika began serving as NASA’s chief of staff on Nov. 26, 2018. Ms. Karika is a recognized subject matter expert on space policy, space transportation, and non-proliferation. Before assuming her role as chief of staff, she supported the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) and the NASA Headquarters Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) Launch Services Office (LSO) as the Jacobs Executive Director of Interagency Launch Programs. She has a history of working space-related issues and studies to support congressional staffs, the Executive Branch, and various federal agencies and departments, including the National Security Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Departments of Commerce, Defense, State and Transportation.
Michael Limcangco is the Director of University Relations for Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI). In this role, Michael’s responsibilities include engaging and supporting university faculty and students in the use of AGI software products. Previously, Michael was the Director of Customer Relations and Technical Services. In these roles, he managed the product engineering support team, sales system engineers, product training, and the information technology and services departments. Michael joined AGI in 1995.
Michael began his professional career as a computer analyst at the National Security Agency (NSA) in 1985. His duties included the research and integration of commercial off-the-shelf product-based hardware and software within the Agency’s Operations organization. Michael also worked for Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) as a staff scientist, where he supported electronic warfare modeling and simulation programs.
Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Science and a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1985; and continued with post-bachelorette studies in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Jessica Noviello is a postdoctoral scholar at Arizona State University and an expert on asteroids and icy satellites, particularly Jupiter’s moon Europa. She is primarily interested in how Europa’s surface geology formed, what that implies about heat transfer within icy moons, and the moon’s potential for habitability. She is currently working on the Kuiper Belt Object 2003 EL61 Haumea, particularly its geophysical and geochemical evolution, which complements previous work she has done on the geology of asteroids 25143 Itokawa and 433 Eros.
Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, and science communication expert with a passion for space exploration. She’s an analog astronaut and has completed three analog missions (4-months in the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), 2-weeks in the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), and 2-weeks in the LunAres Moon Habitat). She believes that when we solve for space we also solve issues on Earth.
She is passionate about how we can more efficiently feed humans on Earth by engaging in sustainable food practices used in space exploration. She has a TEDx talk called Eat Like a Martian and published the Meals for Mars Cookbook. Dr. Proctor is a geology, sustainability, and planetary science professor at South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Science Education. She was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program. She has appeared in multiple international science shows and is currently a science demonstration expert on the Science Channel show Strange Evidence.
Brittani J. Sims is a Systems Integration Lead in the Commercial Crew Program (CCP)’s Office of the Chief Engineer, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In this role, she leads the engineering verification and validation efforts, which includes working closely with NASA’s astound system experts to verify and approve CCP crew safety requirements against the commercial provider’s final crew transportation system design. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is enabling private companies, like Boeing and SpaceX, to carry people to low-Earth orbit destinations, including the International Space Station. Boeing is developing the CST-100 Starliner that will launch atop of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V, while SpaceX is developing its Crew Dragon to ride on its Falcon 9 rocket.
Prior to Sims’ assignment in CCP’s Office of the Chief Engineer, she was a Certification Integration Engineer focusing on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, Falcon 9, and ground systems certification endeavors. This role included tracking and monitoring design progress, managing milestones reviews, and overseeing certification product closures.
Sims began her NASA career in 2009 as a Surveillance Project Engineer for the Launch Vehicle Processing Office, supporting the Space Shuttle Program. Her primary responsibilities included performing independent engineering assessments on ground processes, as well as served as the engineering focal point for maintaining process stability through implementation of data evaluation methods and tools. These tools were used by the engineering community to evaluate launch readiness in preparation for Space Shuttle missions.
Sims has received various awards and honors, including On the Spot Awards, Group Achievement Awards, Superior Accomplish Award, and a Silver Achievement Medal. She also was recognized as CCP’s Program Employee of the Year for 2016.
Sims is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 2008. She is currently working on a master’s degree in engineering management at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Sims is a native from San Diego, California, but currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her son, Davis and her dog, Diva. Her hobbies include, traveling, spend quality time with family and friends, and thoroughly enjoys any opportunity to motivate and inspire the next generation to strive for their dreams, no matter the circumstance.
Dr. David A. Williams is an Associate Research Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Williams is the Director of the Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies, the NASA Regional Planetary Information Facility at ASU. He is also the Director of the NASA Planetary Aeolian Laboratory, which administers wind tunnels at ASU and the Ames Research Center in California. David is currently performing research in volcanology and planetary geology, with a focus on planetary mapping, geochemical, and remote sensing studies. His research has included computer modeling of seismic wave propagation through planetary interiors, visible and near-infrared spectroscopy of the lunar surface, planetary geologic mapping of bodies across the Solar Systen, and computer modeling of the physical and geochemical evolution of lava flows in a variety of planetary environments. He was involved with NASA’s Magellan Mission to Venus, Galileo Mission to Jupiter, and Dawn Mission to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. He is a Co-Investigator on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter mission. He is currently Deputy Imager Lead and a Co-Investigator on NASA’s Psyche Mission, scheduled to launch in 2022. In 2014 David was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and asteroid 10,461 DAWILLIAMS was named in his honor.
STEAM Fair Presenters
Paras Angell is a senior in the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), majoring in Geo- logical Sciences. He has a minor in Voice Performance from ASU’s School of Music in the Her- berger Institute for the Design and Arts. As a NASA Space Grant Scholar, Paras has been con- ducting research on CO2 ice and H2O ice near the south polar cap of Mars with the mentorship of Prof. Phil Christensen at the Mars Space Flight Facility. His research involves the analysis of vis- ible and infrared images from the THEMIS camera onboard NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter. After completing his undergraduate studies, he would like to pursue graduate research in Planetary Geology.
In addition to gaining a strong academic foundation, Paras loves to sing in the ASU Men’s Cho- rus Ensemble and Barrett Choir. Paras enjoys participating in community music and theater events and had a chance to perform in Carnegie Hall with his choir group. Paras previously served as secretary of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) club at ASU. He is currently the president of the Sun Devil STEM Gamers Club. His favorite outreach activities are volunteering at the SESE Open Houses and the Earth and Space Exploration Day.
I am an undergraduate student studying Astrophysics at Arizona State University. My future goal is to be an educator in STEM. I hope to create accessible educational platforms that allow science and astronomy access to the general public.
Hello! I am an Engineering Lead with UNH SEDS responsible for the development of our thrust vectoring and guidance control systems. I also work with the Advanced Controls Laboratory at UNH where I am co-developing an inexpensive, Earth based test platform to simulate satellite dynamics and microgravity conditions for satellite control and state estimation studies. In my free time, I fish for stripers along the New Hampshire seacoast and in Cape Cod, hike in the White Mountains and Adirondacks, and work on an always growing list of side projects!
I am the Avionics Lead for UNH SEDS. I am a mechanical engineer and this year I am working with a group of talented electrical engineers to design and build everything electrical on our hybrid engine rocket! The Avionics group is very diverse in terms of the work we do, we have roles in propulsion, frame, recovery and the payload of our rocket. This year we have the largest and most diverse group of engineering seniors UNH SEDS has ever seen and I’m excited to learn from all of them! Outside of academia I am usually at the gym, playing video games, riding my motorcycle or trying new recipes in the kitchen!
Hello! I am the Vice President and Frame Lead for UNH SEDS. I manage the student body of the organization and work with every engineering team to design the best rocket frame possible. SEDS and Space are my passion, so having the ability to integrate every engineering team while simultaneously work with undergraduates and new members is a huge honor and pleasure. Outside of SEDS I am an Engineering Intern at TURBOCAM, INC where I develop data analysis software and program 5 axis mill tool-paths. In my free time you’ll find me riding my motorcycle, hanging out with friends and family, or eating food. Naar de sterren!
Molly Janasik is a senior in physics at Michigan State University. She has been doing nuclear astrophysics research at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU for over two years and has been published in three papers. She is founder and president of MSU’s SWISE chapter, president of MSU’s Chaos Dance Crew dance team, and is vice president of MSU’s AIAA chapter. Molly is an aspiring aerospace engineer and dreams to be an aerospace engineer test pilot for NASA- and someday even an astronaut.
I’m an aspiring future Astrophysicist, currently a sophomore in the B.S in Astronomy and Applied Physics program at the University of Arizona. For my research, I work as an Undergraduate Research Assistant on the JWST PhoSim – NIRCam image simulator under Dr. Eiichi Egami at the Department of Astronomy – Steward Observatory, University of Arizona. I also enjoy developing CubeSats and new instruments to enlighten the frontiers of Space Physics under Dr. Ewan Douglas at the very same aforementioned location. Astrophysics to me has been a captivating area of study as it poses the relevant questions of how and why things work, as they work in the universe. I have found a deep fascination in studying it, as it is able to provide answers as well as evidence to such queries. What I have found appealing about this branch is that each answer leads to another set of questions and this pushes the knowledge horizons further!
Carla Denisse Troche-Vargas is a fourth year student at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez Campus. She aspires to pursue a professional career in the aerospace industry.. She started to accomplish this by overcoming many challenges during her university lifetime. She is currently a student of the NASA L’SPACE Virtual Academy, a workforce development program that helps its alumni develop essential wrtring , research and Mission development skills to work at NASA. Additionally she is part of the Life Support team of the Lunar Exploration and Access to Polar Regions team from SEDS-UPRM that won the NASA RASC-AL 2019 Design Competition. A fun fact about her is that she plays violin since she was five years old.
Makena is currently a senior at UC Berkeley studying astrophysics with a concentration in computer science. She was introduced to aerospace through high-altitude ballooning, where she fell in love with the accessibility and flexibility for performing research in a near-space environment. After working on the design and launch of Space Technologies at Cal’s (STAC) first two high-altitude balloon (HAB) missions, she worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the robotics department developing automatic balloon launching systems. At NASA, she worked on three more balloon missions as the payload and flight logistics specialist. Following her summer internship, she returned to STAC as the club’s HAB team lead where she managed the design, assembly, and flight-test of a novel payload bus with custom avionics. She then moved back to her hometown of Tucson, Arizona to work on research under Dr. Chris Walker at the University of Arizona, where she directed a high-altitude balloon mission to flight-test a weak signal propagation reporter (WSPR) transmitter that would be used in the university-led CatSat mission’s primary scientific objective to model the ionosphere. While still passionate about ballooning, she is now focused on the sustainable commercialization of LEO through spacecraft mission design and management following a life changing summer as a Brooke Owens Fellow. She intends to graduate in May 2020.
Hello all! I am the Chief Safety Officer and Operations Lead for UNH SEDS. These jobs require me to ensure the safety, coordination and management of all testing, launching, building and more. From an operations perspective, I manage the team’s technical requirements. I ensure we are adhering to all competition requirements as well as managing the senior project team and its assignments. This is an important year for the UNH chapter of SEDS so I am looking forward to see what it holds. Outside of school and SEDS you can probably find me biking, hiking, surfing, or snowboarding in the winter. I like to take advantage of all the activities New Hampshire has to offer, on the quest to do it all.
Derek Quintana Rosa is a 6th year Electrical Engineering undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. He is a member of the Design & Structures division of the Lunar Exploration and Access to Polar Regions team. The LEAPR team won the NASA RASC-AL 2019 Design Competition held at Cocoa Beach, Florida. He is currently one of the Project Leaders of the SEDS-UPRM chapter where he leads the NASA RASC-AL 2020 Design Competition team. Besides working with design projects, he also has a background in cost modeling, risk analysis, and communications systems. He has been a SEDS-UPRM member since 2018 and has had the opportunity to meet many pioneers of the space industry that have shaped his desire for space exploration.
Sarah Gomez is a mechanical engineering senior at San Diego State University. She is vice president of SDSU’s integrated SEDS and Society of Women in Space Exploration chapter (SWISE-SDSU) and also leads Mechatronics, an on-campus underwater robotics team. Sarah is also a 2019 Brooke Owens Fellow and past intern at The Spaceship Company and NASA’s Stennis Space Center.
Hello! Currently, I work as Outreach Executive and Propulsion Engineer for UNH SEDS. I organize events during the semester for companies to come in and speak about their role as an engineer. Our most recent being GE Aviation Hooksett. Hearing from engineers in the industry is a great experience for underclassmen to learn about opportunities and life as an engineer. I also work with Runaway, our hybrid engine, as we develop our competition design and compete in the 2020 Spaceport America Cup.