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. Martin Braddock — New Medicine Developer

I am a Medicine Development Leader at a global pharmaceutical company in Cambridge. I am also passionate about all aspects of astronomy, cosmology, and astrobiology – especially in the effects of the space environment on the human body and the challenges of developing space medicine. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Astronomical Society, and I promote interest in space and other STEM fields through a network of astronomy societies.

Dr. Emily Finer — Language Scholar

I am Associate Professor in Russian at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and Deputy Director of the interdisciplinary St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science. I serve on the British Comparative Literature Association Executive Committee and am co-chair of the Editorial board for MHRA/Legenda’s Studies in Comparative Literature Series. I have published on translation and translanguaging between Russian, English, and Polish, and my research focuses on literature, culture, and science in transnational contexts.

Dr. Duane Hamacher — Cultural Astronomer

I am an associate professor of Indigenous Astronomy and Science in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. I explore the crossroads of astronomy and culture with a focus on Indigenous Astronomical Knowledge in Australia and around the world.

Dr. Simone Hyater-Adams — Physics Education Researcher

I am a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder with a passion for creating more opportunities for black students. I use my personal experiences to guide my interdisciplinary research and develop and facilitate diversity workshops with the goal of cultivating a more inclusive and equitable STEM field.

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?

Dr. Bin Li – Space Law Scholar

I am a lecturer at the University of Newcastle Law School in Australia and a conjoint associate professor at Beihang University School of Law in China. I study how national governments and international society should harness the use of space technology so that the application of the technology can contribute to a safe and secure outer space environment for humankind. 

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.