Space in Academia

Hannah Kerner

Assistant Research Professor

Dept. of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland

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 remote sensing applications in agriculture, food security, and Earth and planetary sciences. Hannah received her B.S. in computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where she was part of UNC SEDS) and her PhD at Arizona State University, where she developed new methods for facilitating scientific discovery in planetary exploration investigations at Mars 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.

Dr. Barrett Caldwell

Professor of Aerospace & Electrical Engineering

Purdue University

Barrett S. Caldwell, PhD is Professor of Industrial Engineering (and Aeronautics & Astronautics, by courtesy) at Purdue. His PhD (Univ. of California, Davis, 1990) is in Social Psychology, and BS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Humanities (MIT, 1985). His research team is the Group Performance Environments Research (GROUPER) Laboratory. GROUPER examines and improves how people get, share, and use information well in settings including aviation, critical incident response, healthcare, and spaceflight operations. Prof. Caldwell has over 200 scientific publications, including journal articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters. He has also been Editor of the Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments since 2012.

Prof. Caldwell has served multiple roles associated with the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. He co-organized the National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) 2008 session on Cognitive Ergonomics, after being a participant in the 2003 US FOE, and the 2006 German-American FOE, conferences. (He also participated in the 2016 Japan-U.S. FOE.) During 2016-17, Prof. Caldwell was a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, assigned to environment, science, technology and health policy in the Office of Japanese Affairs.

Prof. Caldwell has advised or co-advised over 30 MS thesis and 20 PhD dissertation graduate student committees. GROUPER research since 2013 has received funding from sources such as AHRQ, FAA, NASA, NSF, and VA, as well as industry. Prof. Caldwell was named in 2008 as a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES); in 2011, he was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar. He is Past Secretary-Treasurer of the HFES, and has served as Director of the NASA-funded Indiana Space Grant Consortium since 2002, promoting STEM education throughout Indiana. 

Brad Cheetham

Co-Found & CEO

Advanced Space

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 software and services 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 continues to serve as lead instructor and curriculum developer for a graduate level course in Commercial Spaceflight Operations at CU Boulder. 

As an advocate for the space industry, he serves 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).

Andréia Ribeiro de Noronha Sales

MindFish Test Prep

Application Specialist
Fundação Estudar

Andréia Ribeiro de Noronha Sales is a current graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM. Her background consists of Bachelor degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from the same university with her research interests focused around x-ray binary systems.

Experience-wise, Andréia has worked with supercomputer simulations of relativistic hydrodynamics in space plasma and started her career as a research faculty member within the Space Plasma Physics group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics working on the MAVEN mission to Mars and analyzing atmospheric plasma profiles. From her university and industry careers, Andréia was later driven to find her place in space, not through the technical side, but the side of education. First hand, she witnessed the lack of encouragement provided within universities, especially for women in STEM, and has taken the initiative to change the education system in a customizable way, integrating technology to education policy. 

While being a full-time graduate student, she is also an active instructor in the United States helping students in coursework and standardized testing ranging from geometry to quantum mechanics and is also an active application specialist in Brazil, her home country, bringing educational opportunities and advising high school students trying to attend university out of country.

Andréia was the former Chair of CU SEDS and is an active Advisor of SEDS Brazil, including events with Brazil’s only astronaut and current Minister of Science and Technology, Marcos Pontes. In the near future, she is interested in pursuing a PhD in Educational technology, developing virtual and augmented reality environments in order to provide education for all and bring the STEM industry to full equality for the next generation.