COSPAR-K will feature a Keynote Speaker every lunch break to highlight the importance of STEM and why a career in space STEM is a future to consider. Be inspired, be challenged and be the future of Space STEM.
Dr Andrew Aldrin is President and CEO of the Aldrin Family Foundation, a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to harnessing the inspiration of space to ignite a passion for STEAM education in students of all ages and backgrounds. He has served in leadership roles in this organization since 2014, during which time he has overseen the extension of educational programs to over 300 elementary schools and universities via ShareSpace Education.
Dr Aldrin is also the Director of the ISU Centre for Space Entrepreneurship at Florida Tech and an Associate Professor of Engineering Management at Florida Tech. Before moving into academia, Dr Aldrin had a distinguished career in industry and government research, including executive positions at Boeing, United Launch Alliance and Moon Express.
Dr Aldrin was also a member of the research staff at the RAND Corporation and the Institute for Defence Analyses. He serves on the board of several charitable organizations, including The Secure World Foundation, Sea Space Symposium and the Tau Zero Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA in Political Science, an MBA from TRIUM (NYU, LSE, HEC) and an MA from George Washington University in Science, Technology and Public Policy.
My Journey in SciComm, Women in STEM and the Power of Media
Emily will discuss her journey as a science communicator, how she became interested in science, women in STEM (or the lack thereof), why that's a problem and what we can do to fix it.
Emily Calandrelli is the host and co-executive producer of the hit Netflix series Emily’s Wonder Lab. Each episode features Emily and a group of kid-scientists as they learn about STEAM through experiments and fun activities. Emily is also an Executive Producer and Emmy nominated host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space and was a correspondent on Netflix’s, Bill Nye Saves The World.
Emily, who was named to Adweek’s ‘11 Celebrities and Influencers Raising the Bar for Creativity in 2017’, is also an accomplished writer and speaker on the topics of space exploration, scientific literacy, and equality. Her chapter book series, The Ada Lace Adventures, centers around an eight-year-old girl with a knack for science, math, and solving mysteries with technology, the second book in the series, Ada Lace: Sees Red, was included in the National Science Teachers Association’s list of best STEM books for 2018. The third book, Ada Lace: Take Me To Your Leader, was part of the initiative from NASA and CASIS, Story Time from Space where the book was launched into space and read by an astronaut aboard the ISS to an audience of kids. The fifth and most recent book in the series, Ada Lace: and the Suspicious Artist which was released in February 2019. All 5 books in the series are available at Barnes and Noble as well as Amazon.
Emily frequently gives talks about the importance of science literacy, the benefits of space exploration, and the challenges for women in STEM careers for clients like Google, Pixar, MIT, Texas Instruments as well as dozens of K-12 schools across the nation. Her first two TEDx talks, “I Don’t Do Math” and “Space Exploration Is The Worst,” have garnered over one million views on YouTube.
Prior to her work in science communication, Emily attended West Virginia University, where she received a Bachelors of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, and MIT where she received two Masters of Science degrees, one in Aeronautics and Astronautics and the other in Technology and Policy. Through her work, she wants to make science relatable, easy to understand and more exciting today than ever before in history.
Dr. Adrian Brown is currently working as a planetary science researcher at the NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. where he is the Deputy Program Scientist on the Mars2020 rover mission. Adrian’s fields of research include Mars, astrobiology and remote sensing spectroscopy and has a background in computer science and electrical engineering.
Adrian is a fully qualified private pilot and has used this skill to enhance his knowledge of remote sensing by flying over study regions in Western Australia. He holds current endorsements on C172 and Piper Warrior single engine aircraft. He is qualified in remote first aid and as an outback four wheel drive exponent and served with the Royal Australian Navy as a Weapons Engineer and Fire Control Officer on Her Majesty's Australian Ships CANBERRA and ARUNTA, in addition to numerous shore postings around Australia.
Adrian is an Australian citizen, and grew up in Melbourne, Victoria. He is a fan of the Australian Rules football club Essendon, and an avid listener to JJJ and TAL.
He completed his PhD in Earth and Planetary Science at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. The topic of his defence was "Hyperspectral Mapping of Ancient Hydrothermal Systems". His advisors were Prof. Malcolm Walter of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology and Dr. Thomas Cudahy of CSIRO Exploration and Mining in Perth, Western Australia. Further information is available here.
After completing his PhD, Adrian was selected as a 2006 NASA Postdoctoral Scholar at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. Adrian then became a research scientist at the non-profit SETI Institute where he conducted planetary science research, primarily on Mars using the CRISM instrument on NASA's MRO spacecraft. While at the SETI Institute, Adrian ran the research and public SETI Seminar series and was the program chief for the SETICON II convention.
In 2015, Adrian moved to the East Coast and has since taken up his current role at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Phil Bland is Professor of Space & Planetary Science at Curtin University. He is Director of the Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC). With 50 students and staff, it is the largest planetary research group in the southern hemisphere. He came to Australia on an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2012. His research is focused on the origin and evolution of the solar system; how our planet formed; how it acquired the ingredients for life. He has been on multiple planetary mission science teams. In 2006, Asteroid ‘1981 EW21’ was renamed ‘(6580) Philbland’ in recognition of his contributions to space and planetary science. Major projects include the Desert Fireball Network (now expanding into a global facility), which was complemented by the multi-award winning Fireballs in the Sky outreach and citizen science program. In 2015 Bland established a partnership between NASA and Australia in planetary, space and exploration science. Curtin now formally represents the Australian planetary community to NASA. His team have been partnering with Lockheed Martin since 2016, translating DFN technology into applications in space situational awareness and are now focussing on spacecraft engineering.
For all budding planetary geologists or anyone wanting to know how to get an asteroid named after them, Phil’s talk is one to add to the calendar now.
Dr. Christyl Johnson is the Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. As NASA Goddard's Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments, Christyl manages the Center's research and development portfolio and is responsible for formulating the Center's future science and technology goals and leading an integrated program of investments aligned to meet those goals.
Christyl previously worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she served under the President's Science Advisor as the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). She was responsible for ensuring the establishment of clear national goals for Federal science and technology investments in a broad array of areas across the executive branch, including basic science, technology, energy, environment, natural resources and homeland and national security.
Tune into Christyl’s talk and get inspired by one of the world’s foremost experts on space travel.
Professor Russell Boyce, COSPAR 2021 Chair and Chair for Intelligent Space Systems and Director of UNSW Canberra Space - Australia’s largest and leading space mission, research and education team. On the one hand, he has built and led teams pursuing game changing technologies across a three-decade career, firstly in hypersonics and scramjets and now in the development of artificial-intelligence-enabled space systems. He played a significant role in the establishment of the Australian Space Agency and is Australia’s only living Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. On the other hand, he is a graduate of INSEAD’s flagship Advanced Management Program and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is passionate about the art of strategic yet personal leadership in an increasingly complex world.
Bookmark Russ’ talk and hear directly from a renowned Australian leader in the space community.
Deadly Science Founder & Indigenous Australian Advocate, the 2020 NSW Young Australian of the Year Corey Tutt, a Kamilaroi man originally from Dapto in the Illawarra confirmed as a Keynote Speaker for COSPAR-K.
With an avid interest in science, Corey started the Deadly Science initiative in 2018 and has incredibly distributed over 11,000 books, 480 telescopes plus other many other resources to over 105 schools with no plan of slowing down soon.
Deadly Science aims to provide early reading materials, science books and connect young Indigenous people with mentors to encourage their participation in STEM subjects across all of Australia, no matter how remote. Deadly Science wants to ensure all schools have access to our history of science by providing First Nations resources to connect back to our First Scientists; after all Indigenous Australian’s were the first Astronomers and are the oldest continuing culture in the world.
We can’t wait to hear Corey share his story and inspire the next generation of STEM superstars.
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astrophysicist with a talent for making the secrets of the universe accessible to all. She has spent 15 years conducting astrophysics research at universities and research institutes across the world.
She is a member of the Advisory Group to the Australian Space Agency, a Professor of Practice at UNSW Sydney and the inaugural Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador. The Ambassador’s role is to increase the participation of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers by building visibility and driving change towards gender equity in STEM.
Lisa has a talent for presenting complex subject matter in an exciting and accessible way so this is certainly a presentation not to be missed, especially for women and girls considering a career in STEM.
Andreas is passionate about developing engineering solutions to real-world problems, particularly for space and ensuring that these solutions are available and affordable to all. He is the Director of Saber Astronautics Australia and is kept busy with space mission operations, ground stations, democratisation of space and open source hardware, as well as currently building the nation's space Mission Control Centre, in Adelaide, SA.
Prior to Saber, Andreas created and ran a start-up, Obelisk Systems which developed next-generation CubeSat hardware, both for educational and commercial environments. This led to the development of the STEM education platform StarLAB which was a platform catered to high school students, ensuring they received the best in coding, hardware, sensing and robotics education to skill them for the rapidly evolving world.
His presentation is a must-see for all aspiring Astronautic Engineers!
Building the International Space Station: Living and Working in Space
Former Space Shuttle Commander Pam Melroy will describe the challenges of helping to build the International Space Station during her three Shuttle missions. She will describe her experiences living, working and doing science in space.
Pam Melroy is an aerospace executive with government and industry experience across civil, commercial and national security space. She is a retired Air Force test pilot and former NASA astronaut and one of only two women to command the Space Shuttle.
Colonel Melroy received a Bachelor’s degree Wellesley College and a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a United States Air Force pilot and test pilot with more than 6,000 hours flight time in over 50 different aircraft.
NASA selected Colonel Melroy as an astronaut candidate in March 1995. She flew three missions in space: as Space Shuttle pilot during STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002 and as Space Shuttle Commander during STS-120 in 2007. All three missions were assembly missions to build the International Space Station. She has logged more than 38 days in space.
After NASA, Colonel Melroy served in a variety of executive positions with Lockheed Martin, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation and DARPA. She is now an independent consultant.
Pam’s been to space and now coming to COSPAR-K, we just cannot wait to hear from her!
Innovation in Education with Space Exploration
Rosa will present a series of innovative models for the integration of Space Exploration in classrooms. The main objective is to invite the audience to think outside the box and reinvent education, not as a pre-designed journey, pre-established for what is perceived as the average student, but as an individual path, co-designed and uniquely embraced by each individual learner.
She will share a series of best practices for innovation in education along with concrete examples for its integration in the classroom.
Space as an engine to gather enthusiasm for the STEAM domain and will be used to provide concrete ideas on how to integrate these in a classroom settings using proven examples. The main aim is to invite participants to rethink their perceived notions of what is the importance of school in our lives and the urgent transformation required to transform classrooms into bed tests for the future generations of this planet's leaders. The role of institutions that ultimately have in their hands the future of Earth and its inhabitants.
Rosa Doran is a science educator devoted to the integration of modern trends for innovation in classroom with a special emphasis on the use of Astronomy for STEAM learning.
She received a PhD on Science Education from the University of Coimbra in 2020. She is the president of the executive council of NUCLIO (Núcleo Interativo de Astronomia), an NGO for development, President of the panel education of COSPAR, Chair of the Galileo Teacher Training Program and the President of the Executive Committee of the Global Hands-on Universe Association.
Data and AI Specialist, Microsoft
Katie is technology strategy professional with a passion for data-driven innovation and business strategy.
She works closely with education departments, universities and educational institutions around Australia to support their data, analytics and AI journeys.
Katie has a background in public policy and law. She worked in the Federal Government and in corporate affairs for over a decade before specialising in the technology sector in 2014.
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