Saturday

Opening Keynote

9:00 – 9:45 AM CST

Max Palevsky Theater

Poppy Northcutt

Frances “Poppy” Northcutt is a Texas attorney who began her career as a “computer” and then an engineer for the technical staff on NASA’s Apollo Program during the space race. During the Apollo 8 mission, she became the first female engineer to work in NASA’s Mission Control.

Later in her career, Northcutt became an attorney specializing in women’s rights. In the early 1970s, she served on the national board of directors of the National Organization for Women. Now, she works and volunteers for several organizations in Houston advocating for abortion rights.

Bio obtained from Wikipedia


Living There: Habitats and Society

10:00 – 10:45 AM CST

Max Palevsky Theater

This panel will discuss the everyday aspects of society for a multiplanetary species. For humans to live outside of Earth, we need to adapt to extreme environments including habitats with low magnetosphere protection, large temperature ranges, and low gravity. How do the people in charge answer these constraints to best protect humans, and how can humans develop a working society outside of Earth.

Ian Burrell

Human Systems Integrator

NASA JSC

Catalina Garza

Systems Engineer

Blue Origin

Jordan Bimm

Postdoctoral Researcher

UChicago

Jim Plaxco

President

Chicago Society of Space Studies


Astrophotography from the City

10:00 – 10:45 AM CST

East Lounge

Nick Lake

Nick Lake is a Chicago-based astronomy and astrophotography enthusiast and the creator of the YouTube channel Windy City Astrophotography. Focusing on astrophotography from light-polluted skies, the channel showcases the imaging process and results as well as walkthroughs on equipment and image processing. Nick also works at the Adler Planetarium in the Theaters department, training and managing show presenters, scripting fulldome shows (Planet Nine, Imagine the Moon), and hosting the video series Skywatch Wednesday on Adler’s YouTube channel. Nick has been using telescopes for visual observing and astrophotography for over 20 years.

Space for Everyone: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

11:00 – 11:45 AM CST

Max Palevsky Theater

Anthony Razo

DEI Leader

Hot Nozzle Society

Catalina Garza

Aerospace Systems Engineer

Blue Origin

Will Pomerantz

Vice President, Special Projects

Virgin Orbit

Sara Sabry

Astronaut & Found

Deep Space Initiative

Artificial Intelligence in Astrophysics

11:00 – 11:45 AM CST

West Lounge

Dr. Aleksandra Ćiprijanović

Dr. Ćiprijanović is a Wilson Fellow Associate Scientist at the Scientific Computing Division of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. She has also worked as an Assistant Research Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade and the Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade. Her BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in astrophysics were obtained at the University of Belgrade. 

Her main research interests are artificial intelligence and machine learning in astrophysics and HEP, working with big data from simulations and astronomical surveys, studies of galaxies, galaxy clusters and gravitational lensing.

Bio obtained from aleksandraciprijanovic.wordpress.com

Innovative Space Software

1:00 – 1:45 PM CST

Max Palevsky Theater

This panel will discuss the developments and current-day state as well as the future of software in the space industry. How do companies that want to send objects into space actually get them there? Hear about how solutions related to operations of spacecraft are being developed.


Brad Cheetham

CEO & President

Advanced Space

Michelle Chen

Software Systems Engineer

John Hopkins University

John Conafay

Co-Founder and CEO

Integrate Space Corp.

Space Fellowships

1:00 – 1:45 PM CST

Library

Charlie Nitschelm

Starlink Engineer II

SpaceX

Anna Shaposhnik

Brand Manager

OrbitFab

Hailu Daniel

University of Maryland

Vanessa Van Decker

President

SEDS Canada

Next Generation Rockets

2:00 – 2:45 PM CST

Max Palevsky Theater

Kyle Fisher

Propulsion Test Engineer

Relativity Space

Anesti Verikios

Fluid Systems Engineer

Blue Origin

William Pomerantz

VP of Special Projects

Virgin Orbit

Reilly Webb

Propulsion Engineer

SpaceX

Going to Grad School

2:00 – 2:45 PM CST

Library

Andrew Dombard

Professor

University of Illinois, Chicago

Sadiya Ahmad

PhD Student

Iowa State University

An Li

PhD Student

University of Washinton

Alya Al-Kibbi

PhD Student

University of Chicago

Robotic Exploration of the Universe

3:00 – 3:45 PM CST

Max Palevsky Theater

Vanessa Van Decker

President

SEDS Canada

An Li

PhD Student

University of Washington

Andrew Dombard

Professor

University of Illinois, Chicago

Andrea Bryant

PhD Student

University of Chicago

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Worldbuilding

3:00 – 3:45 PM CST

Library

Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the Hugo-nominated graphic novel Mooncakes (2019, Lion Forge/Oni Press). Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld and Uncanny Magazine, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine, StarTrek.com, Women Write About Comics, and the anthology Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability. She has spoken at numerous conventions on a variety of topics ranging from disability representation in sci-fi/fantasy to comics collaboration.

Bio obtained from suzannewakeenwalker.com

Closing Keynote

4:00 – 4:45 PM CST

Max Palevsky Theater

Lori Garver

Lori Garver is a leading figure in the US space program and frequent contributor to the public dialogue on national civil space policy. As the principal advisor on aerospace issues to three presidential candidates, NASA transition team lead for President-elect Obama and Deputy Administrator of NASA from 2009 – 2013, Garver’s first-hand account offers new insight into the intersection of politics and human spaceflight.

She is a Co-Founder of the Brooke Owens Fellowship, an educational organization providing internships and mentorship to collegiate women and gender minorities pursuing degrees in aerospace fields. She served on the Board of Directors of Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) and is a former President of Women in Aerospace and the American Astronautical Society.

Bio obtained from LinkedIn.

Off the Record

No recording allowed

4:45 – 5:30 PM CST

Max Palevsky Theater

Lori Garver

Jeff Feige

Poppy Northcutt

Will Pomerantz

Closing Banquet

7:00 – 9:00 PM CST

Cloister Club