Schedule and topics are tentative and subject to change.

Day 1:
Thursday, November 1st

5:00PM - 9:00PM

Day 2:
Friday, November 2nd

9:30AM - 7:00PM

Day 3:
Saturday, November 3rd

9:30AM - 6:00PM


7:00PM - 8:30PM


danielle richey

Keynote Speaker

Danielle Richey

Advanced Programs - Lockheed Martin Space

Danielle Richey is a systems engineer and architect at Lockheed Martin, where she focuses on defining and enabling the future path of human exploration to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. She joined Lockheed Martin in 2008 and has worked on multiple projects in Defense related to cybersecurity and early missile warning and Civil Space, including Orion and the NextSTEP Habitat program. Danielle has a Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, with an emphasis in Bioastronautics.

harriet brettle

Keynote Speaker

Harriet Brettle


Harriet Brettle is passionate about connecting and empowering individuals to advance the future space economy. As a planetary science graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, Harriet researches the stability of cyclones that have recently been discovered at Jupiter’s south pole. She is the strategic partnerships team coordinator of the Space Generation Advisory Council, supporting its mission to connect students and young professionals to the wider space community. Prior to Caltech, Harriet worked in finance; at the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve in New York. She was also outreach coordinator for the Planetary Society in London, creating a platform for local and international astronomical organizations to collaborate with the Planetary Society in the UK. Harriet has a keen interest in public engagement with space science, interactions between different fields relevant to space exploration, and the future of new space economy.

steve brody

Keynote Speaker

Steve Brody

International Space University

Steve is ISU's Vice President for North American Operations, managing the North American office, located in the Washington, DC area. His principal activities include serving on ISU's Executive Committee to help guide and further the University's development, maintaining and enhancing ISU's relationships and support to public and private organizations and individuals in the space community, and supporting alumni affairs and the conduct of ISU's current programs.

As a Lecturer for ISU, he has focused on "Inspiring the Next Generation: Techniques for K-12 Classroom Visits" (based on his classroom outreach experiences at NASA), "Space and the Arts", "Space, Spirituality, and Interfaith Dialogue", plus "Lessons Learned" from selected NASA human and robotic missions.

Before joining ISU, Steve held numerous senior positions with NASA in Washington, DC, Houston, and in Europe. He actively participated in the Discovery Program of planetary science missions (e.g., Lunar Prospector, Genesis, Deep Impact, Kepler) and the SOFIA Airborne Observatory. In earlier roles, he contributed to NASA's Strategic Planning, its investment in in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), and its support of the commercial development of space. While working on the International Space Station Program, he spent four years in The Netherlands as NASA's representative to the European Space Agency (ESA), during which time he also assisted the mission of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, serving on staff to the U.S. Ambassador on protocol matters relevant to NASA and the space program in general.

Before his NASA career, Steve worked in aerospace industry, performing systems engineering, final vehicle testing, and project management for the first six flights of the Space Shuttle, and he also served in a business development role. He was a participant in the first NASA-sponsored summer study of the Colonization of Space with Professor Gerard K. O'Neill which resulted in the "Stanford Torus" design for 10,000 people to live and work at the Earth-Moon L-5 Lagrange Point ("Space Settlements: A Design Study", NASA SP-413).

Steve has a Bachelors degree in Physics (Drexel University), and a Masters degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MIT), where he performed space science research supported by the NSF and NASA under the guidance of Prof. Irwin I. Shapiro. Steve is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society and has served on its Board of Directors, is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), Women In Aerospace, the Washington Space Business Roundtable, The Planetary Society, and the National Space Society.

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peter diamandis

Keynote Speaker

Peter H. Diamandis, MD

Founder, Executive Chairman - XPRIZE Foundation
Executive Founder and Director, Singularity University

Fortune Magazine recently named Peter Diamandis as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders.

Diamandis is the Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the Executive Founder and Director of Singularity University; a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world's biggest challenges and build a better future for all.

As an entrepreneur, Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital, and education. He is also co-founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies.

Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance & BOLD. He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from MIT and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Peter's favorite saying is "the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself."

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christian dommell

Banquet Speaker

Christian Dommell

Small Satellite Innovation Lead - Satellite Systems - Phantom Works - Boeing

Christian Dommell is the Small Sat innovation lead within the Phantom Works Satellite Systems organization in Boeing Defense, Space & Security. He is responsible for finding ways to leverage small satellite platforms into missions to map the Earth with new and exciting levels of detail, monitor our environment, and protect citizens and warfighters. In his support of Boeing’s HorizonX group, Dommell works with Silicon Valley start-ups and venture capitalists to jump-start disruptive innovation in aerospace.

He has experience as a lead systems engineer for advanced development programs, with specific domain expertise in systems architecting, remote sensing, space-ground communication and networking, agile software and systems engineering, electromechanical systems, and lightweight structures. An advocate and resource for improved Science, Engineering, Technology and Math curriculum, Dommell has inspired thousands of students to ask questions, solve problems and think creatively.

Dommell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a certificate in aerospace project management from Caltech.

john gedmark

Keynote Speaker

John Gedmark

CEO - Astranis

geoff notkin

Banquet Speaker

Geoff Notkin

Geoff Notkin starred in three seasons of the multi award-winning television adventure series Meteorite Men for Discovery networks and two seasons of STEM Journals, for which he received two Emmy Awards. He is a science editor at Megafonzie TV, hosts the upcoming Megafonzie News series, and has also appeared in shows for Nat Geo, History Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, PBS, A&E, NASA, and the BBC. Notkin is an author, world traveler, TEDx speaker, CEO of Aerolite Meteorites, Inc., and president of Desert Owl Productions, Inc. He has appeared on Coast to Coast and the Today show, and has been interviewed by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Space.com, and Universe Today, among others. A television and film producer, his credits include Philip K. Dick's Radio Free Albemuth, and the documentaries Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously, and First to the Moon: The Story of Apollo 8.

Notkin has published hundreds of articles on meteorite science, paleontology, astronomy, adventure travel, history, and the arts, with his work appearing in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope, USA Today, Wired, Reader's Digest, The Village Voice, Seed and many other publications. He is the author of three books including the award-winning Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space. His spaceflight column, Throwing Pebbles at the Sky, is exclusive to the National Space Society magazine, Ad Astra.

An authority on meteorites, Notkin has worked with many of the world's leading institutions, including The American Museum of Natural History, New York; The Natural History Museum, London; and the Vienna Museum of Natural History. He is a member of The Explorer's Club, is on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, the Advisory Board of Deep Space Industries, and the Board of Directors of the Astrosociology Research Institute. The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was officially named “Notkin” by the Minor Planet Center in recognition of his contributions to science and education.

By the age of seven Notkin was already an avid rock hound, fossil collector, and amateur astronomer. "I was amazed that you could see other worlds through a telescope from an English garden,"" he states, recalling his childhood. "The epiphany came at London's Geological Museum. In the Hall of Meteorites I realized that the study of meteorites is the perfect combination of geology and astronomy. I have been hooked ever since."

Adventuring has taken Notkin to over fifty countries and some of our planet's most remote and challenging environments, including northern Siberia, Chile's Atacama Desert, the Australian Outback, the Sahara, and he has three times crossed the Arctic Circle. Born on 14th street in Manhattan and raised in London, England, Notkin studied in London, Boston and New York and now resides in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

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roger simpson

Keynote Speaker

Roger Simpson

Rocket Propulsion Test Program Manager - NASA

Roger Simpson currently serves as the Program Manager for NASA's Rocket Propulsion Test (RPT) Program Office. The RPT Program serves as the technical authority and principal implementing body for NASA's rocket propulsion testing capabilities. The RPT Program Office is a Head Quarters, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Level II program located at Stennis Space Center. The RPT Program sponsors and maintains facilities at Glenn Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Stennis Space Center, and Johnson Space Center's White Sands Test Facility. The RPT Program also coordinates RPT technology development with Kennedy Space Center and Wallops Flight Facility. In addition to his NASA RPT responsibilities, Roger serves as the NASA Co-Chair for the National Rocket Propulsion Test Alliance (NRPTA) Senior Steering Group between NASA and the Department of Defense propulsion test facilities.

In March 2008 Roger rejoined NASA after spending three years with the Central Intelligence Agency where he was assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office as the Special Technical Advisor to the United States Strategic Command/Joint Functional Component Command Space in Colorado Springs. Roger brought back to NASA over 20 years of extensive experience of working and building relationships with the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, international and commercial partners.

Prior to joining the CIA in 2005, Roger was a NASA civil servant for 16 years and NASA contractor for three years prior to that. During Roger's first tenure with NASA he supported 31 Space Shuttle flights as a Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO) by designing, planning and executing the trajectory profiles for launch, on-orbit and entry phases. In addition to his FDO responsibilities, Roger was the Lead for the International Space Station Trajectory Operations and Planning Office (TOPO) where he was the chief negotiator with the Russians for ISS trajectory planning and operations. After serving as the Lead for the ISS TOPO's Roger was placed on a special assignment by the NASA Administrator to serve as the NASA Liaison to United States Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs with the primary job of strengthening the relationships between NASA and the Department of Defense. After the Columbia accident in 2003 Roger spent two years at NASA Headquarters where he spearheaded efforts to update, consolidate and implement a series of agreements between NASA and both the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure a successful return to Space Shuttle operations.

Roger is the recipient of numerous awards including NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal in February 2005 for his contributions to the Space Shuttle Return-to-Flight activities. Roger holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Program Management MBA from Colorado Technical University. Roger is a native of Big Cane, Louisiana and is married to the former Cindy Rabalais of Marksville, LA. Roger and Cindy have two daughters, Lauren and Regan and make their home in Abita Springs, LA.

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diana trujillo

Keynote Speaker

Diana Trujillo

Deputy Project System Engineer and Deputy Team Chief of the Engineering division of Curiosity - JPL

Diana Trujillo was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and as a young Latina she imagined exploring and traveling through space. At the age of seventeen, just one day after graduating from high school in Colombia, Diana immigrated to the United States to pursue her dream of one day working for NASA. She enrolled in English as a Second Language courses, worked three jobs as a housekeeper, and supported her own full-time studies.

Since 2008, she has worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, contributing to both human and robotic space missions. Currently, she is Deputy Project System Engineer and Deputy Team Chief of the Engineering division of Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), NASA’s largest and most advanced Mars rover. She is responsible for ensuring that Curiosity’s day-to-day plan meets the team’s science objectives while maintaining rover health and safety. Previously, she has also served as Surface Sampling System Activity Lead, Dust Removal Tool Lead Systems Engineer, Flight Ground Systems Engineer, and Vehicle System Testbed Mars Surface Lead.

She has formerly worked at Orbital Science Corporation and at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, contributing to missions including the Constellation program for human spaceflight to the Moon and beyond and the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services program for privately-developed resupply capacity for the International Space Station. She also served as Coach for the Zero Gravity Corporation, the world's only commercial provider of weightless parabolic flights. To date, Diana has logged more than 60 minutes of weightless time.

Diana is a passionate advocate for STEM education, particularly for women and the Hispanic community. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Columbia Memorial Space Center, a hands-on learning center located in Downey, California.

Diana earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, with additional studies at the University of Florida. She is also a graduate of Miami-Dade Community College and of the NASA Academy.

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ally abrams

Effective Space Communication

Ally Abrams

Blue Origin

Ally Abrams leads Employee Communications for Blue Origin and is the Acting Chair of the American Astronautical Society's Space Communications Committee. Prior to joining Blue Origin in 2017, she served on The Boeing Company's corporate communications team at the Chicago World Headquarters. Before that, Ally spent three years with GE, serving as the Marketing Communications Manager for Sponsor Finance after completing GE's two-year Communications Leadership Development Program.

Named one of PR News' Rising PR Stars 30 & Under, Ally has significant expertise in brand management, media relations, executive communications, content marketing and employee communications. She has also provided consulting services to space startups and served as the Communications Director for the Space Frontier Foundation, leading communications for the 2015 and 2016 NewSpace conferences. She holds a B.A. in writing & rhetoric from Syracuse University.

Having grown up on Star Trek, and with an inextinguishable fascination for space, Ally seeks to use her skills to advance space activities. @Ally_Abrams

kyle adriany

Entrepreneurism in Space

Kyle Adriany

Chief Technology Officer - Additive Rocket Corporation (ARC)

Kyle Adriany is the co-founder and chief technology officer of the Additive Rocket Corporation (ARC). At ARC, he stimulates the technological innovation and intellectual property development that keep ARC on the cutting edge. Kyle earned his bachelor's and master's degree in material physics from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). While at UCSD, he served as an officer for the organization Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and co-founded Launch Tank, an undergraduate think tank aimed at creating innovative solutions to world-wide challenges. Kyle was also a researcher in the PISCES Nuclear Fusion Group and investigated the impact of drift wave turbulence and density fluctuations on material decay.

diana alsindy

Launching Your Career in Space

Diana Alsindy

Propulsion Engineer - Virgin Orbit

Diana Alsindy is a Propulsion Development Engineer at Virgin Orbit, working on LauncherOne's main stage rocket engine. Prior to her most recent position, she studied Chemical Engineering at UC San Diego. She was the Propulsion Team Lead for Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) at UCSD. She was heavily involved in NASA's CubeQuest Challenge in designing a 6U Cubic Satellite with propellant feed system, powered by a monopropellant engine. Diana also completed several successful internships while an undergraduate student, working at Northrop Grumman, NASA JPL, and Space Micro. Additionally, she was a Gordon Engineering Leadership Fellow, and was awarded the Bahat Family Alumni Leadership Scholarship, the GKN Aerospace Chemtronics Scholarship, and the Osher Foundation Scholarship.

She is the founder of @thearabianstargazer, an Arabic bilingual educational Instagram page as a Science Communicator where she aspires to develop the Arab youth prospects in STEM and Space.

keri bean

Space AI, Robotics, Humans

Keri Bean

Mission Operations Engineer - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Keri Bean is a mission operations engineer and works on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and the Dawn mission at the dwarf planet Ceres. She does science planning and sequencing for Dawn. On MER, she is the senior Tactical Uplink Lead and Tactical Activity Planner/Sequence Integration Engineer, a Mobility/IDD engineer, and training to become a Rover Planner, the coveted position of Mars rover driver and robotic arm operation. You can find her on Twitter as @PlanetaryKeri.

jim behmer

Idea to Orbit

Jim Behmer

Sales and Government Affairs - Phase Four

Jim Behmer manages the sales and government affairs operations at Phase Four, a plasma propulsion company located in El Segundo, CA. Before Phase Four, Jim was a space systems engineer at The Aerospace Corporation, where he did orbital mechanics and other modeling & simulation work for U.S. national security space missions. Jim received his bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering from Purdue University.

darren charrier

Entrepreneurism in Space

Darren Charrier

CEO & Co-Founder - Voyager Space Technologies

Charrier is developing an intelligent hardware design platform to expedite the design process of satellites through Voyager, the company he co-founded along with Faris Hamdi. Before this most recent venture, he worked as a propulsion engineer both at SpaceX and Moon Express, developing engines that will power next-generation vehicles to the Moon and Mars. Previously, he served as president of his Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Chapter, growing a team of 20 students to more than 100. His SEDS Chapter secured NASA grant funds to develop an open-source rocket engine test stand, as well as launch the Vulcan-1, the first collegiate rocket using liquid fuel from a 3D-printed engine. Both Charrier and Hamdi led a team of 35 engineers to develop an award-winning cubesat for the NASA CubeQuest competition.

brad cheetham

Idea to Orbit

Brad Cheetham

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).

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john conafay

Off the Record

John Conafay


John Conafay is a graduate of the design school at Arizona State University and veteran of the United States Air Force. He has worked with multiple labs and space initiatives at ASU before working as a Business Operations Intern at Spire Global in San Francisco, CA. Conafay was Treasurer and then Executive Director of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, USA. John has worked in business development with Bryce Space and Technology, and before that as a contractor for NASA Headquarters. Conafay currently works as a Business Development and Operations Manager with Astranis Space Technologies, a GEO telecom start-up out of San Francisco, CA.

sarah cruddas

Effective Space Communication

Sarah Cruddas

Space for Humanity

Sarah Cruddas is a Space Journalist, Broadcaster and award winning Author. She has an academic background in astrophysics, is a respected voice within the commercial space industry and is the face of space on British TV, appearing on channels such as Sky News, Channel 5 News, ITV, Channel 4, and across the BBC. She also appears on screen in the US on channels such as National Geographic and Discovery Channel.

Sarah is a passionate advocate for private space exploration, working within the industry as Director of Marketing for Space for Humanity, a global non-profit working to democratise access to space. She is a regular pundit and writer on the space industry, writing for the BBC, CNN, New Scientist, The Sunday Times, The Royal Aeronautical Society, The Telegraph and a host of other publications. She also writes and industry blog for The Space Angels Network.

jennifer dawson

Launching Your Career in Space

Jennifer Dawson


Dr. Jennifer Dawson joined SSL in 2010 as a Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer, performing critical analysis of satellite designs and conducting anomaly resolution. In 2012, Jennifer became the Chair of SSL's Pyroshock Committee where she redefined the company's qualification requirements, simplifying them and eliminating over specification. Jennifer went on to become a Product Assurance Program Manager in 2015 and was one of the youngest employees at SSL to ever take on this position. In this role, she led the Mission Assurance team for one of SSL's satellites to ensure spacecraft quality and reliability. After serving as a Director of Marketing and Sales, Jennifer assumed the roles of Technical Director for a robotic satellite servicing program and Program Manager for a NASA Tipping Point program developing robotic in-space assembly technology. In 2016, Jennifer received the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) Promise Award, which recognizes future leaders of the satellite industry and in 2018 she was honored with the Aerospace Testing Seminar's Otto Hamberg award for best paper. Jennifer earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She currently works as a Technical Program Manager at Nuro, a company developing autonomous goods delivery robots.

amani garvin

Entrepeneurship in Space

Amani Garvin

Brooke Owens, Columbia University

Amani is a senior physics major at Columbia University, and a Brooke Owens Fellow. Her passion for the stars was born out of her family's love of space. Inspired by her grandfather's dreams and her dad's stories, Amani was determined to find her own medium to interact with the stars. Determined to be an astronaut, she began studying physics at Columbia University in 2015.

In her first year at Columbia, she did research at NuSTAR, analyzing stellar clusters and black holes. Since then, her passion has taken her to multiple projects, such as developing dark matter detectors, researching materials for gravitational wave astronomy, and working on detectors at Ball Aerospace.

Amani's goal is to become an astronaut, and to create an inclusive future in space. In order to realize this future, she has committed herself to creating technology that will contribute to an equitable and sustainable world. Along these lines, Amani has founded FreeSpace, which will map space traffic and space debris.

Outside of the lab Amani is obsessed with being able to communicate her passion for space with the world around her. She serves as the president of RoboGals at Columbia where she teaches engineering to young girls in New York City public schools. Amani believes that any scientist or engineer should be well connected and constantly in dialogue with the community around them.

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max hoat

Entrepreneurism in Space

Max Haot

Founder & CEO - Launcher


tanya harrison

Effective Space Communication

Tanya Harrison

ASU NewSpace Director of Research

Dr. Tanya Harrison is the Director of Research for Arizona State University's Space Technology and Science ("NewSpace") Initiative. She is also a martian geologist by training, having worked in operations for NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Tanya is passionate about science communication, with a prolific Twitter presence as @tanyaofmars, writing for outlets such as The Planetary Society and Astronomy Magazine, and has done many radio and television interviews about the Red Planet. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario.

dan hendricks

Space AI, Robotics, Humans

Dan Hendricks

Open Source Maker Labs

Dan has over 30 years of experience in the Navy, as a Nuclear Engineering Officer, Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Duty Officer, retiring at the rank of Captain (O-6). He has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Naval Academy, and a master of science degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School. Since leaving active duty, Dan has worked in both the private and public sector in roles of increasing responsibility in program management and budgeting, network architecture, systems engineering, and computer security. Dan is a registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in the state of Washington, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Communications Society.

phoebe henson

Launching Your Career in Space

Phoebe Henson

ECLSS Lead - Honeywell

Phoebe Henson is a systems engineer at Honeywell and the lead of a research and development project to develop a next generation carbon dioxide removal system for spacecraft life support. In this role, Phoebe and her team advanced the technology from TRL 1 to TRL 4, won a NASA contract to supplement the development of the technology, and is currently preparing to demonstrate the system on the International Space Station in 2021. Phoebe joined Honeywell in 2015 after getting her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. She has 5 pending patents in the area of life support system. In her free time, Phoebe enjoys traveling, scuba diving and reading.

therese jones

Off the Record

Therese Jones

Senior Director of Policy - Satellite Industry Association

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. Ms. Jones is currently completing her Ph.D. 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.

hannah kerner

Space AI, Robotics, Humans

Hannah Kerner

Ph.D. Candidate - Arizona State University

Hannah is a doctoral researcher at Arizona State University developing machine learning solutions for planetary science and remote sensing. She has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Langley Research Center as well as commercial remote sensing company Planet. Hannah received her B.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she conducted research on collision-free navigation for micro air vehicles. When she's not at her computer, she likes to scuba dive, read books, and bake.

Mark Maimone

Space AI, Robotics, Humans

Mark Maimone

Robotic Systems Engineer - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Mark Maimone has helped design, develop and operate three generations of Mars Rovers at NASA/JPL. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and did a Postdoc in Robotics there as well. Since joining JPL he has worked on Machine Vision and Navigation research, and designed and developed the onboard autonomous vision and navigation software that enabled the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity Mars Rovers to drive themselves safely. He wrote ground software that automates the analysis of mobility and arm downlink data, and for two years was Deputy Lead Rover Planner and Flight Software Lead for Curiosity mission operations: he has taught three generations of Rover Planners how to drive Curiosity. Mark is currently a Curiosity Rover Planner, and a member of the flight software team developing improved driving capabilities for the Mars 2020 Rover.

sarah preston

Effective Space Communication

Sarah Preston

Marketing & Brand - Spire Global

Sarah is a storyteller specializing in marketing for aerospace and passionate about STEAM education - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math. She has a broad range of communications experience having worked with policy initiatives, non-profits, PR agencies, and newspace startups around the world. Sarah jumpstarted SEDS American University, bringing a more unique collection of policy students into the fold. She worked with Edelman to build out new business in the emerging space industry, and the Xprize Foundation to conclude the Google LunarXPRIZE. Sarah currently works with Spire, strengthening a brand that is transforming global trade monitoring and weather modeling.

brandon seifert

Entrepreneurism in Space

Brandon Seifert

Atomos Nuclear and Space - Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer


Nina Waisman

Launching Your Career in Space

Nina Waisman

SETI Artist

As a former dancer who has become an installation artist and director, Nina Waisman is fascinated by the critical roles that movement and sensation play in forming thought. Her interactive sound installations, sculptures, videos and collaborative performances highlight the subliminal training and possible hacking of such embodied thinking. These works focus on related issues including surveillance, invisible labor, border control, machine-human feedback loops, the nature of intelligence. Venues include the Music Center in Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, LAXART, CECUT Tijuana, OCMA/California Biennial, Beall Center, House of World Cultures/Berlin, FILE / Sao Paolo, The Museum of Image and Sound / Sao Paolo, MOLAA, Zero1, ISEA. Waisman is the founding director of the Laboratory for Embodied Intelligences (LEI), a multi-year project exploring embodied thinking and non-human intelligence. LEI's collaborative projects explore the role of embodiment in forming non-human intelligences, including microbial and extraterrestrial intelligences. With support to date from the Music Center in LA, Fulcrum Arts, Goldenvoice, 18th Street Arts, Lucas Artists' Residency, Hammer Museum, SETI Institute Artist in Residence program and others, this project offers performances in urban space, public movement workshops for all ages, art-science think tanks and panels. Next up will be interactive installations and video. With degrees from Harvard, Art Center College of Design and UCSD, she has taught at institutions including Art Center College of Design, Cal Arts, SFAI, UCSD, Casa Vecina in Mexico City, etc. More info http://www.ninawaisman.net

reiley weeks

Entrepreneurism in Space

Reiley Weeks

Chief Science Officer - Additive Rocket Corporation (ARC)

Reiley Weeks is the co-founder and chief science officer of the Additive Rocket Corporation (ARC). At ARC, he is involved with day-to-day engineering and implementation of the technical vision that places ARC at the forefront of both design and manufacturing. Reiley earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and his master's degree in aerospace engineering at the University of California, San Diego. His experience spans a range of disciplines from acoustic transducers, to biomedical devices and aerospace components. His background includes working at the Premier Sound Group (PSG) in Shenzhen, China to design high-performance car speakers as well as working as an engineer for Cognionics to design high-performance biomedical devices. Most recently, Reiley worked in the Mission Systems division of Northrop Grumman, implementing a next generation communication system into the E-6B "Doomsday" plane.

Launching Your Career in Space

Chris Bert

Ph.D. Candidate - University of Michigan

Off the Record

Ben Brockert

Astra Space

Space AI, Robotics, Humans

Hallie Gengl


Off the Record

Jeff Matthews


Idea to Orbit

Ryan McLinko


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