Tanya Harrison

Director of Science Strategy · Planet Labs

Professional Martian who has worked on rocks and robots on the Red Planet.

Space and Astrophysics Climate Change Satellite Based Remote Sensing of the Earth/atmosphere System Earth Science Women in STEM Careers

John A. Christian

Assistant Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Focuses on spacecraft navigation, computer vision, sensor testing, and space systems

Astrodynamics Space Imaging Spacecraft Navigation Computer Vision Sensor Testing

Ding-Yu Fei, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering | B.S., M.S., Tsinghua University, China | Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University · VCU College of Engineering

Bioinstrumentation expert, theorizing the future of brain-computer interface-based devices

Development of new instruments for applications in telemedicine Development of brain-computer interface-based devices for patients with movement disorder Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for studies of vessel properties and vascular hemodynamics Ultrasonic imaging techniques for studies of cardiovascular dynamics Technologies for radiation oncology

Dr. Marianne Mader

Managing Director, Earth & Space/Fossils & Evolution, Royal Ontario Museum · Co-Founder & Board Member, STEAMLabs Community Makerspace

Cultivating curiosity. Inspiring passion for exploration. Empowering people to engage with science & tech. www.mariannemader.com

Space Exploration Planetary Science Science Communication Maker Culture STEAM Education

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson

President · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Serves as the 18th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the United States

Research Women in STEM Science Innovation Leadership

Heidi Jo Newberg

Professor, Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Studies the formation and structure of the Milky Way and other galaxies

Physics Color Selection of QSOs Supernova Phenomenology Astronomy Galaxy Photometry

Professor Lucy Berthoud

Professor of Space Systems Engineering · University of Bristol

Space exploration, space missions, interplanetary spacecraft, living on Mars and observing the Earth

Engineering Education Asteroids Mars Spacecraft Space

Paul Sutter

Professor of Astrophysics | Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics · The Ohio State University

Astrophysics expert, specializing in the emptiest regions of the universe

Astrophysics Big Bang Theory Space Exploration Intersections of Science and Art

Clay C.C. Wang, PhD

Chair & Professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences · USC School of Pharmacy

An expert in natural products drug discovery, gene regulation of fungal secondary metabolism, metabolic engineering, and space biology.

Space Biology Gene Regulation of Fungal Secondary Metabolism Pharmacology Fungal and Bacterial Genomes Natural Products Drug Discovery

Alexander MacDonald

Director - Emerging Space Office · NASA

Alexander MacDonald is recognized as an expert on the economic history of American space exploration.

Commercial Spaceflight Future of Space Exploration Space Policy

Gary M. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering · VCU School of Engineering

Professor Atkinson specializes in microelectromechanical systems

Microelectromechanical Systems Biochip Smart materials Micro and Nanofabrication Energy Conversion Devices

Adam Frank

Professor of Physics and Astronomy · University of Rochester

Frank is a leading expert on how stars form and how they die, as well as civilizations before humans

Science and Religion Civilizations and climate change Theoretical Astrophysics Physics and Astronomy Evolution of Stars and Planets

Henry J. Donahue, Ph.D.

Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Professor and Distinguished Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering | Co-director, VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine | BS, San Diego State University; Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara · VCU College of Engineering

Bone, mechanobiology, regenerative medicine, effects of space travel on bone and muscle, gap junctions, osteoblast, osteocyte, osteoclast

Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering Musculoskeletal Mechanobiology Space Biology and Bioengineering

Jo Bower

Lecturer in Psychology · University of East Anglia

She researches the link between sleep, mood & mental health, examining how different aspects of sleep can influence our emotional responses.

Sleep Patterns Sleep and Mood Sleep and Emotional Responses Sleep Sleep and Mental Health

Peter Platzer

CEO · Nanosatisfi

CEO at Nanosatisfi, a visionary space exploration company

The Coming Revolution in the Satellite Industry Entrepreneurship in Europe and the Us Disruptive Innovation On the Example of the Space Industry