Key Note Speakers
Dr. Eugene Tu
Ames Center Director
Dr. Eugene L. Tu is the Center Director at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Appointed in May 2015, he leads a staff of civil servants and contractors in providing critical research and development support that makes NASA's and the nation’s aeronautics and space missions possible.
Tu earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988, and both his master's degree and doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in 1990 and 1996, respectively. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Tu received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2000, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive in 2009, and the Presidential
Rank Award for Distinguished Executive in 2019.
Dr. Lori S. Glaze
Director of the Planetary Science Division
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Dr. Lori Glaze is the Director of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate’s Planetary Science Division. Planetary Science is focused on space flight missions and scientific research that address fundamental questions of solar system formation and evolution, including understanding planetary environments that can (or could have in the past) support life.
Prior to headquarters, Dr. Glaze served as the chief of the Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and as the Deputy Director of Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division.
Her research interests include physical processes in terrestrial and planetary volcanology, atmospheric transport and diffusion processes, and geologic mass movements. Her work focused on data analysis and theoretical modeling of surface processes on all the terrestrial solar system bodies, particularly the Earth, Venus, Mars, Moon, and Io.
Dr. Glaze was a member of the Inner Planets Panel during the 2013 Planetary Science Decadal Survey, and had a role on the Executive Committee of NASA’s Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) for several years, serving as the group’s Chair from 2013–2017. Dr. Glaze was a member of the Planetary Science Subcommittee from 2011 to 2013.
She has been involved with many NASA-sponsored Venus mission concept formulation studies, including as a member of the Venus Flagship Science and Technology Definition Team (2009), as Science Champion for the Venus Mobile Explorer (2010), and Co-Science Champion for the Venus Intrepid Tessera Lander (2010). Until her move to headquarters, she also was the Principal Investigator of the Deep Atmosphere Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI).
Dr. Glaze was born in Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington with a BA and MS in Physics. She received a PhD in Environmental Science from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. She has also previously worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at Proxemy Research as Vice President and Senior Research Scientist.
Dr. Masaki Fujimoto is Deputy Director General of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/JAXA). He joined JAXA in 2006 as a Professor of Department of Solar System Sciences. He joined Hayabusa2 sample return capsule recovery operation in Australia (December 2020) to support the activity under COVID-19. He is also one of the founders of the Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) mission, a mission under construction to return samples from Phobos, one of the Martian moons.
Professor Olivier Mousis
Director Origins Institute, Aix-Marseille Universit
Prof. Olivier Mousis’ research focusses on the investigation of the formation conditions of planetary systems, with a special emphasis on our solar system. His goal is to establish a link between the present chemical/physical properties of planetary bodies and those associated with the many processes leading to their formation and primo-evolution in protoplanetary disks via the use data obtained from spacecrafts, ground-based facilities and laboratory experiments. He has been leading a long-term effort to define future space missions that will deliver atmospheric entry probes to the four giants, with a special emphasis on the Ice Giants Uranus and Neptune.
Prof. Mousis has recently been the PI of an international consortium aiming at proposing an Enceladus exploration mission to the 2022 ESA M-class call (Moonraker proposal). Prof. Mousis has authored/co-authored over 240 research papers. He is the Director of the Origins institute at Aix-Marseille University.
Dr. Kathleen Mandt
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Dr. Kathleen Mandt is a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Her research interests focus on the dynamics, chemistry and evolution of planetary atmospheres and she is particularly interested in advancing both solar system and exoplanet understanding of planetary system formation and evolution by forging new connections between the planetary science and exoplanet communities. Previously, Dr. Mandt served as the chief scientist for exoplanets at APL, was an adjoint professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and was a senior research scientist at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). She serves in several community and NASA mission leadership roles, including membership of the steering committee of the Outer Planets Assessment Group. She previously served as a member of the Division for Planetary Science Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee. Dr. Mandt served as the volatiles theme lead for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission and is the project scientist for the LRO Lyman Alpha Mapping Project instrument. She was project scientist for the Io Volcano Observer (IVO) phase A study, the deputy project scientist for the Heliophysics Division-funded Interstellar Probe pre-decadal mission study, and is a science team member on the Europa Clipper Plasma Instrument for Magnetic Sounding team. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She previously served on the Astro2020: Panel on Exoplanets, Astrobiology, and the Solar System and on the Planetary Science Decadal Survey Giant Planet Systems panel.
Director – Business Development and Strategy, Space Systems
Richard French leads business development and strategy for Rocket Lab’s space systems division, providing end-to-end mission services and on-orbit operations with the company’s Photon family of small spacecraft and high-end satellite components including propulsion, reaction wheels, star trackers, avionics, solar arrays, and more.
Richard spent over a decade at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he led development of the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator program and managed technology partnerships with industry in the Office of Space Technology. He also spent two years on detail to NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a Staff Technologist in the Space Technology Mission Directorate, leading development of the Tipping Point and Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity solicitations. Richard’s earlier career includes service as an engineer on various NASA missions, including being awarded the NASA Honors Early Career Public Achievement Medal for his work as a lead mechanical systems engineer on the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, and helping to land the Curiosity Rover on Mars as a member of the Mars Science Laboratory entry, descent, and landing systems engineering team.
Richard holds a Masters degree in Space Systems Engineering and a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.
Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo
Senior Technical Lead
NASA Langley Research Center
Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo is the Senior Technical Lead for Advanced Entry, Descent and Landing Vehicle Technology Development at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Primarily focusing on Mars exploration over the past 20 years, she has worked on several missions to the planet including the Odyssey and Reconnaissance Orbiter aerobraking operations and as a member of the Entry, Descent and Landing Team that successfully landed the Curiosity Rover in 2012 and the InSight lander in 2018. Using that experience, she worked to identify technology investments to enable human scale Entry, Descent and Landing at Mars. Now, after serving as the Deorbit, Descent and Landing Mission Segment Lead for the Artemis Program’s Human Landing System, she is the HLS Systems Engineering Team deputy coordinating activities for all the Artemis III Mission Segment and Integration Leads.