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,  MIT  VP for Research
Joseph Paradiso, PI  and Director, Responsive Environments group,  Media Lab
Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics, MIT AeroAstro

SEI Staff and Program Volunteers

Maggie Coblentz, Program Manager & Space Gastronomy research lead 
Xin Liu, Arts Curator
Mehak Sarang, Lunar Exploration Projects Lead
Sands Fish, Staff Designer
Sean Auffinger, Mission Integrator 
Che-Wei Wang, Staff Engineer and Designer
Peter Dilworth, Staff Engineer
Jamie Milliken, Staff Engineer
Avery Normandin, Outreach Coordinator 

Devora Najjar, Outreach Volunteer
Sana Sharma, Astronaut Ethnography and Design Volunteer

Amna  Carreiro, Administrative Assistant

50+ Graduate Students, Staff, and Faculty Researchers Involved

Media Lab

--See all Media Lab profiles below--

MIT Research Collaborators 

Oli deWeck, Engineering Systems Laboratory, AeroAstro
Jeffrey Hoffman, HSL, AeroAstro
Kerri Cahoy, STAR Lab, AeroAstro
Noelle Bryan, Zuber Lab, EAPS
Chris Carr, Zuber Lab, EAPS [Now at Georgie Tech]
Marie-Pier Boucher, CAST & Science, Technology, and Society

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Collaborators 

Marc Bernstein, Associate Director [Now at the Pentagon]
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
Aswin Venkatapathy, Visiting Researcher, TU Dortmund

Emeritus

 Ani Liu, Artist, Media Lab alum
Harpreet Sareen, Media Lab alum 
Manuel Muccillo, Visiting Researcher, Sapienza Universita di Roma
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
Research Affiliate
Past Member
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Andre Uhl
Ethics and Governance of AI, External Collaborator
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Neil Gaikwad
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Devora Najjar
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Rachel Smith
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Nicole L'Huillier
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Juliana Cherston
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Margarita Mora
Director's Fellow
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Arielle Johnson
Director's Fellow
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Harpreet Sareen
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Daniel Novy
Research Scientist
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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
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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
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Bianca Datta
Research Assistant
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Kristy Johnson
Research Assistant
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Chin-Yi Cheng
Past Member
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Eric Schilling
Scratch Learning Resource Producer
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Jifei Ou
Research Affiliate
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Ishaan Grover
Research Assistant
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Nicholas Barry
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Jie Qi
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Jianghong Min
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Felix Kraemer
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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
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Alexis Hope
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Prathima Muniyappa
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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
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Pinar Yanardag
Postdoctoral Associate
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Tal Achituv
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Daniel Fitzgerald
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Chrisoula Kapelonis
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Levi Cai
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Andrea Ling
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Travis Rich
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Amos Golan
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Nikhita Singh
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Akshay Mohan
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Artem Dementyev
Research Assistant