Moriba Jah

Moriba Jah is an associate professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Director of Computational Astronautical Sciences and Technologies (CAST), a group within the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences as well as the Lead for the Space Security and Safety Program at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. . 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.  During this time at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jah navigated several missions to Mars. Jah is a Fellow of multiple organizations: TED, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Astronautical Society (AAS), International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

He’s an associate editor of the Elsevier Advances in Space Research journal, and serves on multiple committees: IAA Space Debris, AIAA Astrodynamics, IAF Astrodynamics, and IAF Space Security.


Areas of Expertise: Space security, space policy, space traffic

Location: Austin, TX

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Phone: (512) 471-5322

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Added August 2018. Last updated January 2021.

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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, to name a few.

chanda prescod weinstein

Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, early universe cosmology, particle physics, astronomy, dark matter, accessible science, diversity in science, equality in science

Location: Seattle, Washington

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Gurtina Besla

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

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Phone: (520) 621- 0418


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Last updated March 31, 2020