Moriba Jah is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin and Director for the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics program. Jah’s research focuses on the convergence of policy, technology, and security related to space traffic management and space situational awareness.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UT Austin related to space and astronautical sciences. Jah has navigated several missions to Mars when he worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), as well as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
He is an Associate Editor of Elsevier’s Advances in Space Research Journal and also an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).
Areas of Expertise: Space security, space policy, space traffic
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a postdoctoral Research Associate in theoretical physics at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a particle physicist/cosmologist driven by a desire to understand the origin of spacetime and the particles that populate it. Prescod-Weinstein gives public talks that range from accessible science to the challenges of making scientific communities more inclusive and more reflective of society at large. She is also interested in feminist philosophies of STEM and society studies. She’s given commentary for the Washington Post, Gizmodo, FiveThirtyEight, and Smithsonian.com, to name a few.
Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, early universe cosmology, particle physics, astronomy, dark matter, accessible science, diversity in science, equality in science
Gurtina Besla is an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona. She is a theoretical astrophysicist who has focused on the evolution of satellite galaxies that orbit the Milky Way.
She is an expert in the dynamics of the Milky Way Galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Local Groups of Galaxies. Dr. Besla is currently leading local programs dedicated to supporting students of color who are pursuing degrees in physics and astronomy.
Expertise: Dynamics of the Milky Way Galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Local Groups of Galaxies