Space Exploration Initiative

NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)

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Ariel Ekblaw

Founder and Lead

Ariel Ekblaw

Faculty Mentors and Advisors

Maria  Zuber, Space Exploration Initiative PI; MIT  VP for Research
Joseph Paradiso, Space Exploration Initiative Faculty Mentor; PI for Responsive Environments group

Dava Newman, AeroAstro Advisor; Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics
Kerri Cahoy, AeroAstro Advisor; Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Staff and Program Volunteers

Maggie Coblentz, Program Manager & Space Food research lead 
Xin Liu, Arts Curator
Mehak Sarang, CubeSat research lead
Valentina Sumini, Post-Doctoral Associate, Space Architecture
Sands Fish, Staff Designer
Peter Dilworth, Staff Engineer
Jamie Milliken, Staff Engineer
Avery Normandin, Outreach Volunteer
Devora Najjar, Outreach Volunteer
Paula do Vale Pereira, C3 Outreach Coordinator
Morgan Binswanger, Media Lab Chief of Program Staff
James Frost, Administrative Assistant

50+ Student, Staff, and Faculty Researchers

Media Lab

--See all Media Lab profiles below--

MIT Collaborators 

Dave Miller, SSL, AeroAstro [on sabbatical]
Jeffrey Hoffman, HSL, AeroAstro
Noelle Bryan, Zuber Lab, EAPS
Chris Carr, Zuber Lab, EAPS
Marie-Pier Boucher, CAST & Science, Technology, and Society

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Collaborators 

Marc Bernstein, Associate Director
Bob Shin, Beaverworks
Ken Gregson, Beaverworks
Dan Cousins, Climate CubeSat Co-building program collaborator
Jillian James, Climate CubeSat Co-building program collaborator

Research Affiliates, Visiting Researchers, Honorary Members

Cady Coleman, ret. NASA Astronaut
Paolo Nespoli, ESA Astronaut and Engineer
Leland Melvin, ret. NASA Astronaut & Media Lab Director's Fellow
Hajime Yano, JAXA (Japanese Space Agency) 
Margarita Mora, NiaTero & Media Lab Director's Fellow
Andrea Lauer, Broadway costume designer & Media Lab Director's Fellow
Sana Sharma, IBM UX Designer for Emerging Technologies
Griffin Cleverly, CubeSat and RF systems 

Ani Liu, Artist, Media Lab alum
Manuel Muccillo, Visiting Researcher, Sapienza Universita di Roma
Aswin Venkatapathy, Visiting Researcher, TU Dortmund
Vicky Zeamer, Designer and MIT ACT alum

UROPs (MIT Undergraduate Researchers)

Peter C Williams [Fall 2019]
David Turner [Fall 2019]
Mehitabel Glenhaber [Summer 2018]
Aye Htun [Spring 2018 --> Summer 2018] 
Siranush Babakhanova [Fall 2017 --> Present]
Elisheva Shuter [Fall 2017 --> Spring 2018]
Tesla Wells [Spring 2018]

See Media Lab researcher profiles below:

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Ariel Ekblaw
Research Assistant
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Maria Zuber
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Joseph A. Paradiso
Alexander W Dreyfoos (1954) Professor
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Maggie Coblentz
Research Specialist
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Xin Liu
Arts Curator, Space Exploration Initiative (External Collaborator)
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Avery Normandin
Democratizing Science Project Coordinator
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Leland Melvin
Director's Fellow
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Valentina Sumini
Postdoctoral Associate
Past Member
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Andre Uhl
Ethics and Governance of AI, External Collaborator
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Neil Gaikwad
Research Assistant
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Devora Najjar
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Rachel Smith
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Nicole L'Huillier
Research Assistant
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Juliana Cherston
Research Assistant
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Margarita Mora
Director's Fellow
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Arielle Johnson
Director's Fellow
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Harpreet Sareen
Research Affiliate
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Daniel Novy
Postdoctoral Associate
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Neo (Mostafa) Mohsenvand
Research Assistant
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Hae Won Park
Research Scientist
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Nan Zhao
Research Affiliate
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Sunanda Sharma
Research Assistant
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Udayan Umapathi
Research Assistant
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Sara Taylor
Research Assistant
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Jeong Seuk Kang
Research Affiliate
Past Member
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Sands Fish
Research Assistant
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Carson Smuts
Research Scientist
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Anne Liu
Research Assistant
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Daniel Visan Levine
Research Assistant
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Bianca Datta
Research Assistant
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Kristy Johnson
Research Assistant
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Chin-Yi Cheng
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Eric Schilling
Scratch Learning Resource Producer
Past Member
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Jifei Ou
Research Assistant
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Ishaan Grover
Research Assistant
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Nicholas Barry
Research Assistant
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Jie Qi
Research Affiliate
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Jianghong Min
Research Assistant
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Felix Kraemer
Research Assistant
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Pat Pataranutaporn
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Pedro Reynolds-Cuellar
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Juliet Wanyiri
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Javier Stober
Research Engineer
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Abhinandan Jain
Research Assistant
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Alexis Hope
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Prathima Muniyappa
Research Assistant
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Sanjana Sharma
Research Affiliate
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Joseph Kennedy
Research Assistant
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Thomas Sanchez Lengeling
CityScope User Experience Researcher
Past Member
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Pinar Yanardag
Postdoctoral Associate
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Tal Achituv
Research Assistant
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Daniel Fitzgerald
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Chrisoula Kapelonis
Research Assistant
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Levi Cai
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Andrea Ling
Research Assistant
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Travis Rich
Past Member
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Amos Golan
Research Assistant
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Nikhita Singh
Research Assistant
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Akshay Mohan
Research Assistant
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Artem Dementyev
Research Assistant