César Hidalgo

César A. Hidalgo leads the Collective Learning group at The MIT Media Lab and is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. He is an expert on data visualization, physics, and economics.

Hidalgo’s work focuses on understanding how teams, organizations, cities, and nations learn. At the Collective Learning group, Hidalgo studies collective learning and develops software tools to facilitate learning in organizations.

Hidalgo is the author of Why Information Grows and the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity. He co-founded Datawheel LLC, a company that has professionalized the creation of large data visualization engines.


Areas of Expertise: Data visualization, physics, economics

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact Info:

       Email: cesifoti@gmail.com

       Twitter: @cesifoti

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Ada Monzón

Ada Monzón is the Chief Meteorologist for WIPR-TV, WKAQ 580 am and Noticel. Monzón is the first woman in Puerto Rico to be named a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Additionally, she is the Founder and President of EcoExploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico.

Monzón was named 2018 National Weatherperson of the Year by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. Monzón is also the recipient of The Department of Commerce Silver Medal and the Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award.

She is a member of the NASA Space Grant Consortium and is an American Meteorological Society Fellow.



Meteorologist for Univision Radio

Areas of Expertise: Tropical meteorology, natural disasters, physics, hurricanes, tycoon, tropical storm,

Location: Puerto Rico


Email: ada.monzon@ecoexploratorio.org

Twitter: @adamonzon

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 Smithsonian.com, 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

Contact info:

Email: chandadeepti@gmail.com


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Stephon Alexander

Stephon Alexander is a musician and professor of physics and astronomy at Brown University.

He was previously a professor at Dartmouth College, where he directed the Dartmouth EE Just Scholars program which promotes excellence and innovation for young scientists especially from underrepresented backgrounds. He is the president of the National Society of Black Physicists. Born in Trinidad, Alexander is a theoretical physicist, jazz saxophonist and author specializing in the interface between cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity.

Alexander has worked on a variety of projects throughout his career. In August 2014, he released a critically acclaimed album, Here Comes Now, in collaboration with electronic producer RIOUX. His 2016 book, The Jazz of Physics, explores the secret link between music and the structure of the universe.


Areas of Expertise: Cosmology, Particle Physics, Quantum Gravity, Intersections with Jazz Music

Location: Providence, R.I.

Contact Information: 

Phone: 215-264-7096

Email: stephon_alexander@brown.edu

Twitter: @stephstem

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Amir Abo-Shaeer

Amir Muhsin Abo-Shaeer is an American teacher and mechanical engineer. In 2001, during his first year of teaching, he established the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) on the Dos Pueblos High School campus. In addition to being the Director of the DPEA, he teaches physics, engineering, robotics, machining and manufacturing. His focused outreach efforts have yielded 50% female student enrollment in the DPEA. He also ran FRC Team 1717 as part of the academy program.

After graduating in 1998 with a master’s from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Abo-Shaeer worked as a mechanical engineer in aerospace and telecommunications. In 2001, he went back to the University of California to get a master’s in Secondary Education. He then returned to his alma mater, Dos Pueblos High School.

In 2010, Abo-Shaeer was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for “inspiring and preparing public high school students for careers in science and mathematics through an innovative curriculum that integrates applied physics, engineering, and robotics.”

Director of the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, High School Physics and Engineering Teacher

Location: Goleta, Santa Barbara, CA

Contact Information:

Email: ​​emily@dpengineering.org

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