Friday, April 28th - Speakers
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CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP SPEAKERS
On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.
Anousheh is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a company that will unleash the power of the Internet to all consumers and dramatically alter and simplify consumer's digital living experience. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of Telecom Technologies, Inc. The company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., in 2000.
To help drive commercialization of the space industry, Anousheh and her family provided title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.
Richard Garriott de Cayeux is a founding father of the videogame industry and the commercial spaceflight industry, a flown astronaut, the first second generation astronaut, and an accomplished explorer.
He has been inducted into the computer gaming hall of fame and has received the industry lifetime achievement award. He is credited with creating the now ubiquitous term “avatar” for one’s virtual self and the category of massively multiplayer games (MMORPGs). He authored the acclaimed Ultima Series and has built 3 leading gaming companies: Origin Systems (sold to Electronic Arts), Destination Games (sold to NCsoft) and Portalarium where he is building Shroud of the Avatar, the successor to his previous works.
Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Vinton G. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.
Shobhana Gupta, MD, PhD, is a physician scientist, currently serving as an American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS's) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at NASA. She uses her biomedical training to manage NASA's Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Program research portfolio, and her passion for innovation and citizen engagement in science to lead NASA's International Space Apps Challenge. Shobhana completed her medical and graduate training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University School of Medicine in the Department of Neurology.
Jennifer W. Lopez is the Commercial Innovation Technology Development Lead at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) identifying, developing, and fostering commercial R&D projects for the ISS National Laboratory.
As the Founding Member of NASA's Datanaut Corps in the Technology and Open Innovation Division of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Ms. Lopez is shaping the direction of the program inspiring future engineers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs to engage with NASA's Open Data Portal.
Ms. Lopez serves on the Advisory Council for the Physics and Astronomy Department at Johns Hopkins University, she is an Innovation Fellow of the Disruptive Foundation, Tribeca Film Disruptive Innovation Awards, and most recently, was recognized by Fast Company as one of the 5 Best Leaders of 2015.
Matt has over 22 years of diverse leadership, administrative and science teaching experience at all levels of academia. He is currently employed by the NASA Goddard Office of Education at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies on the campus of Columbia University as an Education Program Specialist. Matt served as a Founding Science Department Chair of a new school for 7 years, worked for NASA for 10 years as a prestigious NASA-NEAT educator, and provided services as an educational consultant to schools and media organizations. He is a published author in genetics, neuroscience, anatomy and physiology and health science, and received awards for excellence in science teaching from the National Science Foundation, NASA and Nobel Laureate, Dr. Francis Crick.
Danielle R. Wood
Dr. Danielle Wood is a space systems engineer and researcher with expertise in technology policy for the US and emerging nations. She currently serves as the Applied Sciences Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Her role is to foster the transfer of Goddard’s earth science findings for societal applications such as food security and water resource management. Previously, Dr. Wood served as Special Assistant and Advisor to the Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Prior to working at NASA, Dr. Wood held positions at the Aerospace Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. Dr. Wood studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a PhD in Systems Engineering, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, M.S. in Technology Policy and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.
Jeff Goldstein, Ph.D. is the Center Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) and the Institute Director, Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education. Dr. Jeff Goldstein is a nationally recognized science educator, and planetary scientist, who has dedicated his career to the public understanding of science and the joys of learning.
As NCESSE Center Director, he is responsible for overseeing the creation and delivery of national science education initiatives with a focus on Earth and space. These include programs for schools, families, and the public; professional development for grade K-12 educators; and exhibitions for museums and science centers.
Jeff’s planetary science research includes the development of techniques for measuring global winds on other planets using large telescopes on Earth. His research has produced the first direct measurement of the global winds above the clouds on Venus, and the first measurement of the global winds on Mars.
Jason Kendall of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York is currently teaching at William Paterson University in the Physics Department. He holds a Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University. He has taught Astronomy at the high school and college level. Jason Kendall was a proud member of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Solar System Ambassador Program from 2009 to 2012. Currently, he is also part of the Explainer Program at the American Museum of Natural History in the Division of Physical Sciences, encompassing the Departments of Astrophysics and Earth and Planetary Sciences. On Sunday mornings, Jason can be found roaming the Rose Center explaining Size Scales of the Universe, or talking about the origin of the Solar System with the Willamette Meteorite. He has led numerous "starwatching parties" at New Mexico State University, Minnesota State University in Mankato, and The University of Texas at Austin.
Carter Emmart is director of Astrovisualization for production and education at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. He was one of the original team members at AMNH of the NASA funded Digital Galaxy Project that helped redefine how a planetarium theater can present science to the public. Carter directs space show production and oversees software development for interactive use of the 3D universe atlas known as the Digital Universe.
Jancy McPhee has a B.A. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Brandeis University. She was a cellular and molecular neuroscience researcher in academia for 17 years before joining the National Space Biomedical Research Association and later the Universities Space Research Association to manage various aspects of NASA’s domestic and international space life sciences research programs.
Since 2010, she has been implementing motivating and novel ways to enhance space education and science and technology innovation and to promote global collaboration in human space exploration. She created the international Humans in Space Art Program and has been working to establish SciArt Exchange.
Noemi is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Social Cognitive Network Academic Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a NASA Datanaut. Holding a PhD in Physics and research background in Physics and Computer Science, her interests revolve around the study of complex systems; in particular, analyzing and modeling cascading failures and controllability of systems with underlying network structure. Lately, her work also includes studying and modeling criminal activities using real-world data. As a NASA Datanaut she uses Network Science and Data Science techniques to tackle questions/problems about space and life on Earth using NASA's vast amount of data sets collected through telescopes, robots, spacecraft, wind tunnels, laboratories and the cameras of astronauts.
Leslie Birch is a technologist with outdoor tendencies who uses open source hardware to grapple with environmental issues, while at the same time re-learning physical connection. Her toolbox includes Arduino microcontrollers and sensors as well as tree cookies and moss. She freelances for Adafruit and creates environmental art.
Art Yudin is a FinTech enthusiast who has a great passion for coding and teaching. He earned a Master of Science in Banking and Finance from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York. He previously held asset management positions with international financial institutions such as Merrill Lynch and Allianz Investments. Currently, he develops software for the financial services industry and leads classes and workshops in Python at PracticalProgramming.co
Brittany Laughlin is a Partner at Lattice VC. Laughlin served as General Manager at Union Square Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with $1B+ under management. Some portfolio companies include Etsy, Twitter, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Lending Club, and Kickstarter. Her entrepreneurial endeavors include founding VetsinTech NYC, transitioning military veterans into technology jobs, and founded gtrot, a social travel recommendation engine sold to Groupon. She has a BA in Marketing and International Business from NYU Stern. Laughlin writes about building great companies, venture investing, tech, and travel.
Lex is an award winning VR/AR developer. Over 90% of Virtual Reality is made with Unity®. Lex is likely the foremost Unity® expert in NYC. His firm - VRVU works with major brands - using Unity® to create high end immersive experiences. Lex enjoys sharing knowledge at institutions like MIT, Princeton and NYU. He also empowers the community through free meetups like NYCVRU.com and RenderNY.com - The Architectural Rendering meetup.
Len Fishman is Director of Business Development at data.world. He is a serial entrepreneur and has founded multiple successful ventures. Len has been a speaker at many events including the White House Open Data Summit, the OECD’s Global Science Forum Project on Sustainable Business Models for Data Repositories and many other events.
Reem Alattas is a technology expert based in New York, United States. Originally from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Reem started working for Microsoft Arabia as the first female Technical Account Manager, where she opened the door for gender diversity, before eventually relocating to the United States, where she is furthering her education as a Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. candidate at University of Bridgeport, CT.