Dr. Ella Atkins — Aerospace Engineering Professor

I am a professor at the University of Michigan where I direct the Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2Sys) Lab and serve as Associate Director of the Robotics Institute. I hold BS and MS degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT, I hold MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, and I also serve as Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems (JAIS).

Dr. Duane Hamacher — Cultural Astronomer

I am an astronomer and Senior Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre in Melbourne. I explore the crossroads of astronomy and culture with a focus on Indigenous Astronomical Knowledge in Australia and around the world.

Dr. Seyda Ipek — Theoretical Particle Physicist

I am a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC Irvine Physics and Astronomy Department. I study what is beyond the Standard Model of particle physics; what is dark matter and why is there more matter than antimatter in the Universe?

Ms. Lisa Price — Cosmic Finger Painter

I am a contemporary artist living and working in Bedfordshire, UK. I specialize in finger-painted SciArt. My work is internationally collected and is sold through the internet, UK galleries, and art shows.

Dr. Julio Rezende — Space Sustainability Advocate

I am a faculty member at the Department of Production Engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, and I coordinate science and technology popularization programs in Brazil, notably the research station Habitat Marte. I am interested in climate change, Mars, sustainable development of semiarid regions, economic development, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.

Dr. Konrad Szocik — Space Philosopher

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow. I have a PhD in philosophy and am interested in topics such as human factors affecting missions to Mars, the ethical and social contexts of humanity’s future in space, and human enhancement in space.

Dr. Jekan Thanga — Robotic Exploration Engineer

I am an assistant professor and head the Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory at University of Arizona. My research covers systems engineering, fundamental technology research and education/accessibility of small-satellites, CubeSats, FemotSats, planetary robotics and sensor networks for exploration, environmental monitoring, and space-based economic development.