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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.
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.
Diana Alsindy received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2017) from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Originally from Baghdad, Diana is an Iraqi immigrant who has been passionate about engineering since she was 10 years old, watching her grandfather weld metal plates in small machine shop in the backyard of their home in Baghdad.
Prior to enrolling at UCSD, Diana earned an Associates Degree in Physics, Mathematics, and Science. At UCSD, 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 in addition to a job at UCSD's Stable Isotope Laboratory. Additionally, she was named a Gordon Engineering Leadership Fellow, and was awarded the Bahat Family Alumni Leadership Scholarship, the GKN Aerospace Chemtronics Scholarship, and the Osher Foundation Scholarship.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Diana worked at Virgin Orbit as a Structures Engineering Intern, where she demonstrated Roll Tab Electromechanical Actuators operability, communication with Data Acquisition System, and created a unique test interface for qualification testing.
After completing her Brooke Owens Fellowship, she accepted a full-time offer from Virgin Orbit as a Propulsion Development Engineer, working on LauncherOne's main stage rocket engine. She is responsible for testing the Thrust Vector Control Actuator (TVCA) and creating an operational procedure for qualifying all TVCs used on the rocket. Her job also consists of creating comprehensive engineering documentation and assembly level work instructions necessary for the transition from prototype propulsion assembly to production. She hopes that one day, she can inspire the future of human space exploration into the unknown, discover new worlds, and push the boundaries of scientific and technical limits to expand our understanding of human belonging in the cosmos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.