A Virtual Space Talks Series for Young Women
The Women in Space Exploration (WiSE) Talks series is a free virtual event featuring leading women scientists, engineers and explorers talking about their lives and work in space exploration missions and research. Through engaging presentations, discussions and Q&As, this series aims to inspire the next generation of young women who will help explore the final frontier.
- Next series: TBA
- Registration is free and open to the public
WiSE Talks Program: March 15-19, 2021
Heather Bottom – Systems Engineer, NASA-JPL
As a systems engineer on the Mars 2020 spacecraft, Heather tells the story of NASA’s Perseverance rover launch and Mars landing from final testing and preparations through operations. Learn about the challenges—big and small—that have led to evolution in spacecraft engineering.
Jane Poynter – Founder, Space Perspective
Jane is the founder of a human spaceflight company giving people unprecedented access to space. Its zero-emissions Spaceship Neptune uses space balloons to ferry passengers to the edge of space. Her team holds the world record for the highest human flight under a balloon.
Veronica Bindi, professor of Physics & Astronomy at UH Mānoa
With NASA’s Artemis program, humans are going back to the moon to stay. A major challenge in this effort is space radiation, which is detrimental for technologies and human health in outer space. Dr. Bindi shares her work on a device providing invaluable space weather data to NASA for future human space missions.
Yajaira Sierra, engineering project manager at NASA Glenn Research Center
From exploring the properties of nanoscale materials to evaluating systems for future suborbital flights and missions to Mars, Dr. Sierra is always excited about pushing the boundaries of innovation. Learn about her exciting career path from nanotechnology to sending rovers to Mars.
WiSE TALKS Program – OCT. 5-10, 2020
Jessica Dempsey, Dep. Director at EA Observatory/JCMT
Dr. Jess Dempsey has worked in the icy throes of Antarctica gathering astronomical data and, among other things, has been an actor and comedian. Learn about her story as well as the fascinating new astronomy data on Venus suggesting the presence of some form of life.
Monsi C. Roman, Program Manager for NASA Centennial Challenges
Find out about Monsi’s journey from an island girl in Puerto Rico studying marine microbes to a chief microbiologist at NASA. An award winning scientist who is passionate about outreach, she designs life support systems for humans in space—including the system currently used aboard the International Space Station.
Emily Calandrelli, Science TV Host
Emily is an MIT engineer turned Emmy-nominated science TV host and currently works as the co-executive producer and host of Netflix’s “Emily’s Wonder Lab.” Learn about her exciting career as a science communicator!
Sara Langberg, Aeromechanical Engineer at AeroVironment
The Ingenuity Mars helicopter has a special mission: perform the very first powered flight on another planet. Join Sara, an aeromechanical engineer who helped develop Ingenuity, to learn about how this special aircraft will pave the way for future aerial exploration on Mars.
Nagin Cox, Spacecraft Operations Engineer at NASA JPL
Hear the stories behind NASA’s “Journey to Mars”—from the early robotic explorers to the latest U.S. traveller, the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover—with veteran spacecraft engineer and TED Talks speaker Nagin Cox.
Amanda Hendrix, Senior Planetary Scientist at Planetary Institute
Learn about the fascinating research of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn—the first probe to enter Saturnal orbit—with planetary scientist and astronaut candidate finalist, Amanda Hendrix.
Barbara Belvisi, CEO and Founder of Interstellar Lab
Barbara Belvisi is an entrepreneur and investor who is passionate about science, space and AI. Learn about her mission at Interstellar Lab to design and build closed-loop villages and life support technologies that will help generate and sustain life on Earth and beyond.