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 and Advisors

Joi Ito, Space Exploration Initiative Co-PI; Director, MIT Media Lab
Maria  Zuber, Space Exploration Initiative Co-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

Xin Liu, Arts Curator
Maggie Coblentz, Program Manager & Space Sensory Exp research lead 
Avery Normandin, Outreach Volunteer
Devora Najjar, Outreach Volunteer
Morgan Binswanger, ML 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
Ewan Douglas, STARLab, AeroAstro
Noelle Bryan, Zuber Lab, EAPS
Chris Carr, Zuber Lab, EAPS
Marie-Pier Boucher, CAST & Science, Technology, and Society
Shakti Shaligram, MIT Sloan IDM program

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

Ani Liu, Artist, Media Lab alum
Sands Fish, Artist & Researcher, Media Lab alum
Chille Bergstrom, Space Futurist & Ambassador

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)

Mehitabel Glenhaber [Summer 2018]
Aye Htun [Spring 2018 --> Present] 
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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Joi Ito
Director
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Maria Zuber
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Joseph A. Paradiso
Alexander W Dreyfoos (1954) Professor
Past Member
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Maggie Coblentz
Research Affiliate
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Avery Normandin
Research Assistant
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Devora Najjar
Research Assistant
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Xin Liu
Arts Curator, Space Exploration Initiative (External Collaborator)
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Andre Uhl
Ethics and Governance of AI, External Collaborator
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Leland Melvin
Director's Fellow
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Margarita Mora
Director's Fellow
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Vik Parthiban
Research Assistant
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Neil Gaikwad
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Rachel Smith
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Nicole L'Huillier
Research Assistant
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Neo (Mostafa) Mohsenvand
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Juliana Cherston
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Arielle Johnson
Director's Fellow
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Harpreet Sareen
Research Affiliate
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Sara Taylor
Research Assistant
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Pinar Yanardag
Postdoctoral Associate
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Hae Won Park
Research Scientist
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Sunanda Sharma
Research Assistant
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Travis Rich
Research Scientist
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Daniel Novy
Postdoctoral Associate
Past Member
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Andrea Ling
Research Assistant
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Sands Fish
Research Assistant
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Nan Zhao
Research Affiliate
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Anne Liu
Research Assistant
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Udayan Umapathi
Research Assistant
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Bianca Datta
Research Assistant
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Chin-Yi Cheng
Past Member
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Daniel Fitzgerald
Research Assistant
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Carson Smuts
Research Scientist
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Jifei Ou
Research Assistant
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Jeong Seuk Kang
Research Assistant
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Valentina Sumini
Postdoctoral Associate
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Kristy Johnson
Research Assistant
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Jianghong Min
Research Assistant
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Eric Schilling
Scratch Learning Resource Producer
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Daniel Visan Levine
Research Assistant
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Levi Cai
Research Assistant
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Chrisoula Kapelonis
Research Assistant
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Artem Dementyev
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Ishaan Grover
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Nicholas Barry
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Pedro Reynolds-Cuellar
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Jie Qi
Research Affiliate
Past Member
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Nikhita Singh
Research Assistant
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Akshay Mohan
Research Assistant
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Tal Achituv
Research Assistant
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Amos Golan
Research Assistant