Wednesday, 17th September 2014

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Directors & Officers

Bruce Mackenzie (Co-Founder & Executive Director)
Bruce's concepts for brick masonry structures for Mars settlements have been featured in the "Case for Mars" by Dr. Robert Zubrin, and the science-fiction trilogy "Red Mars", "Green Mars", "Blue Mars" by Kim Stanley Robinson. Bruce is an MIT alumnus and has previously served as Executive Director of the Mars Society and is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Space Society.

Randall Severy (Director)
Randall is a computer systems engineer and the founder and CEO of Cyberteams, Inc., a website management corporation. Mr. Severy has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. He is a member of many space organizations, including: The Mars Society, NSS, The Planetary Society, Space Studies Institute, Space Frontier Foundation; and certain nanotechnology research organizations, including: the Molecular Manufacturing Shortcut Group and Foresight Institute.

Gary Fisher M.S., B.S. (Advisor)
Gary also handled waste processing and recycling for the Program Study team. A veteran space activist, he has been active in the Mars Society as a chapter leader from Pennsylvania. He has a B.S. (1978) and a Masters (1980) in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and has worked for many years as a database manager for technology concerns such as Texas Instruments and Unisys. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Mars Society. He is the project leader for the GreenHab project which focuses on bioregenerative life support and Mars greenhouse analogs for the Mars Society analog habitat program. Gary is also President of the Lift-Off Technologies Corporation.

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Communications Team

Responsible for all types of publicity and public outreach materials, including expanding and maintaining the Project's website. Team members' skills include web design and development, 3D/CAD rendering, graphic design for print publications, and public outreach abilities.

James Burk (Director of Communications)
James Burk is a veteran software development manager and business entrepreneur. James founded MarsNews.com in 1999 and has served as past Vice President of the Moon Society/Artemis Society International. He served as President of the Seattle chapter of the Mars Society during its founding. In recent years, James has risen to a senior position with a technology company, helping to bring Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking functionality to a mainstream audience. A long-time activist dedicated to the peaceful exploration of space, James' professional interests include Mars exploration & settlement concepts (including recent work on Phobos & Deimos), the communications infrastructure needed for distributed Mars settlements (building off the work done on Interplanetary Internet and Delay Tolerant Networking), and expanding the Mars Foundation's Internet presence. James holds a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science & Business Administration from the University of Florida. James' interests outside of the space arena include robotic technology development, sustainable farming, Native American culture/crafts (James has a mix of Irish & Cherokee ancestry), and fashion design. James lives in Seattle, Washington.

Bart Leahy (Communications Officer)
Bart Leahy is a technical, policy, and public relations writer for the National Space Society (www.nss.org), where he is secretary of the Policy Committee, Chairman of the Policy Formulation Subcommittee, and Chairman of the 2009 Space Settlement Calendar. In his space advocacy journeys, he has written for Space.com, Space News, The Space Review, and Ad Astra, the official magazine of NSS. He has a master's degree in technical writing and wrote his master’s thesis on using targeted marketing to enhance the appeal of space advocacy messages. He lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

Michael McCleary (Communications Officer)
Michael is Co-Founder & CEO of Beacon Media, LLC, a Michigan based video production, web design and new media company. Michael is also the Creator, Host & Executive Producer of the new TV series, Anything But Ordinary. Along with the TV series Michael is currently authoring a book on his experiences, Anything But Ordinary: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, and currently hosts the weekly Vision Teleclass where he explores the success secrets of a variety of special guests. Michael attended Kettering University (formerly GMI) in Flint, Michigan for a BS in Management with dual concentrations in Information Systems and Accounting/Finance. Michael is also a motivational speaker and teaches other speakers, entrepreneurs and business professionals on the effective use of video, audio and internet media in increasing publicity and sales in a variety of business organizations. More info about Michael's ventures can be found at www.beaconmediaonline.com and www.anythingbutordinary.net.

Anyone with relevant skills and an interest in helping us can request to join the communications team by Contacting Us.

Board of Advisors

Ray Bucklin Ph.D. (Advisor)
Ray is a professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida with both a PhD and PE. Ray serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mars Foundation, focusing on the agricultural discipline.

Michael Duke Ph.D. (Advisor)
Michael has a PhD in Geochemistry and a masters degree in geology. He worked with NASA for 25 years in multiple leadership roles including principal investigator for the Apollo Lunar Sample program, has won multiple honors including the Presidential Meritorious Award, and is one of the top experts on lunar material refining. Currently, he is director of the general research laboratory in the Center for Commercial Application of Combustion in Space at Colorado School of Mines. For the Program Study, he provided technical guidance and advice on Mars material refining processes. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mars Foundation.

Gary Fisher M.S., B.S. (Advisor)
Gary also handled waste processing and recycling for the Program Study team. A veteran space activist, he has been active in the Mars Society as a chapter leader from Pennsylvania. He has a B.S. (1978) and a Masters (1980) in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and has worked for many years as a database manager for technology concerns such as Texas Instruments and Unisys. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Mars Society. He is the project leader for the GreenHab project which focuses on bioregenerative life support and Mars greenhouse analogs for the Mars Society analog habitat program. Gary is also President of the Lift-Off Technologies Corporation.

William Hulsey III, Esq. (Advisor)
William has twenty years of experience and achievements in protecting and licensing clients' intellectual property through U.S. and international patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, enforcement. He has drafted and prosecuted more than 600 patent applications in the following areas: nanoscience and nanotechnologies; software and computer technologies; wireless and telecommunications technologies and systems; aerospace and automotive technologies; lasers, photonics, optics, and imaging technologies; energy technologies and power systems; and semiconductor devices, integrated circuits and fabrication equipment technologies. Bill serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mars Foundation, and provides advice in the realm of intellectual property law.

Eric Ingersoll (Advisor)
An entrepreneur and strategist, who is repeatedly sought out for his expertise in new venture development. In addition to working with startups, Eric has helped the management teams of Lotus/IBM, KPMG, and SilverPlatter develop spinouts and advised R&D laboratories, such as Lotus Research, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and programs for the EPA. Eric is CEO of Mechanology LLC, which was recently awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop its innovative compressor/ expander technology, ideally suited for automotive fuel cells. In addition to his entrepreneurial and consulting activities, Eric founded the Renewable Energy Alliance, the North American Forest Products Buyers Group, and served as an expert advisor to the United Nations Development Program. Eric has a long-term interest in Mars and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mars Foundation.

Andrew Kadak Ph.D. (Advisor)
Andrew is Professor of the Practice for the MIT Department of Nuclear Engineering. His current research is focused on new advanced reactor plant designs that are competitive while at the same time are safe using melt-free cores, do not contribute to proliferation, and produce waste forms that are directly disposable. He and his research assistants are working on a modular high-temperature gas-cooled pebble-bed nuclear reactor, which could be used as a demonstration of its practicality and competitiveness with natural gas. Dr. Kadak serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mars Foundation and provides advise on nuclear energy systems.

Bruno D.V. Marino Ph.D. (Advisor)
Bruno was previously a Director of the Mars Foundation™ and now uses his experience in an advisory capacity. He holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins and M.A. (Biological Anthropology) and Ph.D. (Earth Science/Applied Science) from Harvard University. He is a former professor in the Earth and Planetary Science Department of Harvard University. He served as director of science and research at Biosphere 2, and as an adjunct member of Columbia University's Lamont Earth Observatory, in addition to serving on numerous boards and advisory panels. Bruno serves as a consultant to The Mars Foundation™ in the area of human rated, large-scale, closed ecological systems, providing a wealth of knowledge from his experiences with Biosphere 2.

Chris McKay Ph.D. (Advisor)
Chris is a planetary scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA's Ames Research Center. His current research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He is actively involved in planning for future Mars missions including human settlements. Dr. McKay is also one of the world's leading researchers studying Titan, and has been involved in numerical modeling of planetary atmospheres. He has been involved with polar research since 1980, traveling to the Antarctic dry valleys and more recently to the Siberian and Canadian Arctic to conduct research in these Mars-like environments. He received his Ph.D. in AstroGeophysics from the University of Colorado in 1982 and has been a research scientist with NASA Ames since that time. Dr. McKay is a recipient of the prestigious Kuiper Award from the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Dr. McKay serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mars Foundation.

Ian O'Neill Ph.D., M.Phys. (Advisor)
Ian is a Solar Physics researcher formerly with the Solar Physics Group at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His research includes particle energization by plasma waves in the solar corona, in particular Alfvén wave interactions and turbulence in coronal loops. He holds a Ph.D. in Solar Physics (July 2006) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a Masters in Planetary and Space Physics (July 2002) from the same institution. In his Masters final semester he carried out research into solar wind interactions with the upper polar atmosphere. This study was carried out on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard where he lived in this extreme environment for 5 months. Ian's interests also include website design and is the current webmaster for The Mars Foundation™ (MarsHome.org). He is also editor of his own space physics blog called astroengine.com, and he is a freelance writer contributing to the Universe Today space news website. Ian has upgraded MarsHome.org to "Version 2.0", and is in the process of applying new features to the site. Ian is also working on the development of Marspedia, an online collaborative encyclopedia about Mars. He is a Systems Operator (SysOp) and administrator of the project. Ian is currently host of Discovery Space. You can follow him at: href="://news.discovery.com/contributors/ian-o'neill/">

Eugene Shwageraus Ph.D. (Advisor)
Dr. Shwageraus is Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. As a doctorate student at MIT, he participated in a design project developing nuclear power and propulsion systems for manned mission to Mars. Dr. Shwageraus advises the team, leveraging his considerable experience in nuclear reactor physics and engineering. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mars Foundation.

Wayne White (Advisor)
Mr. White is an attorney and space law consultant. He practices law in Boulder Colorado. Mr. White graduated from Chapman University, received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from U.C. Riverside, and received his law degree from U.C. Davis. In 2003, Mr. White represented the United States as a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Legal Subcommittee. Mr. White previously served as Associate Director of the National Remote Sensing and Space Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law, practiced law near Denver Colorado for seven years, worked as a member of the General Counsel's office of the University of California, and was a real estate attorney for Winchell's Donut Houses Operating Company, L.P. He was a Director of the National Space Society from 2000 through 2004 and was Chair of the Society's International Space Development Conference in 2002. Mr. White is also a member of the International Institute of Space Law, the International Law Association, and the Space Frontier Foundation. Mr. White has written 11 published articles in the field of international outer space law. Wayne serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mars Foundation, and provides advise in the realm of space property rights law.

Larry Young Ph.D. (Advisor)
Dr Young is the Apollo Professor of Astronautics at MIT and the founding Director (1997-2001) of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. In 1957 he was with the Sperry Gyroscope Company in the development of flight control systems. From 1958 to 1962 he was a member of the Research Staff at MIT where he worked on inertial guidance systems and on problems of man-machine interaction. He joined the MIT faculty in 1962 and co-founded the Man-Vehicle Laboratory which does research on the visual and vestibular systems, visual-vestibular interaction, flight simulation, space motion sickness and manual control and displays. During 1987-88 he was a Visiting Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, and in 1991 was selected as a Payload Specialist for Spacelab Life Sciences 2. He spent two years in training at Johnson Space Center and served as Alternate Payload Specialist during the October 1993 mission. Dr. Young has been active on many professional and government committees, including the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the Space Medicine and Biology Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and serves on several NASA Advisory panels relating to life sciences and the Space Station. NASA recognized his achievements with a Space Act Award in 1995 for his development of an expert system for astronauts. The author of more than 200 journal articles, Prof. Young serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience and is an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Space Science and Technology. Dr. Young serves on the Board of Advisors of the Mars Foundation.

Program Study Team

Responsible for the planning efforts which will culminate in a unified project plan for the first self-sustaining permanent human settlement on Mars.

David Balkwell BSc (Building Construction Specialist)
David has a BSc in Building Construction from Coventry University, England. He has 30 years of Building and Civil Engineering experience of which the early years were as a Junior Site Archaeologist in Chester, England and later a Site Engineer on large multi-storey office developments around London. This was followed by 6 years as a Government Building Control Regulator. In 1989 he joined The British Standards Institution (BSI) to develop standards and assess Building and Construction related industry companies to ISO9001 the International Quality Standard for business best practice, this was followed by developing ISO14001 for Environmental Management and then OHSAS18001 for Health & Safety (David was the co-founder in 1999) - He now runs his own Management Systems Consultancy, Audit and Training Business. David has had a long interest in the constructional design and detailing of extra-terrestrial settlements.

Anthony Blair (Intern)
Mr. Blair is a native of North Carolina. He attended University of North Carolina Wilmington where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He is currently a graduate student attending Harvard University for his Masters Degree. Between his undergraduate and graduate careers Anthony was an instructor of general sciences at Brunswick Community College in Leland North Carolina. He also holds the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force Auxiliary or Civil Air Patrol, where he served as the Aerospace Education Officer, and Emergency Services Officer for several years.

Adam Burch (Intern, CAD Designer)
Adam is an experienced CAD designer working closely with the Mars Foundation management team to develop new designs for Mars settlement concepts. His 3D models will spearhead the new "Mars Plains Settlement II" concept the Foundation is currently designing. Adam holds a B.S. in Meteorology from the University of Northern Colorado (2006) where his scientific knowledge complements his visualization of complex scientific and mathematical problems. In addition to his academic achievements, Adam has over ten years experience working on a range computer games and simulations for a number of software companies. He has developed an intense interest in space travel and human settlement on planets beyond the Earth, making him a valuable asset to the Mars Foundation.

Frank Crossman Ph.D. (Materials Engineer)
Dr. Crossman is responsible for polymer synthesis and manufacturing on the Program Study team. He is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S. and M.Eng. in Materials Engineering) and Stanford University (Ph.D. in Materials Science) and conducted postdoctoral studies in Applied Physics at Harvard University on the micromechanics of polycrystalline deformation and the geomechanics of the folding of geologic strata. From 1966 until his retirement in 1998, Frank was employed by Lockheed in their Palo Alto Research facilities. He retired as Director of Materials Systems encompassing Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Advanced Technology Centers efforts in materials, structures, controls, and NDE. During 1991-1996 Dr. Crossman was the ATCs Director of three Materials Technologies organizations: Chemistry, Structures, and Materials Applications. From 1989 through 1990, Dr. Crossman was Assistant Director and then Director of Telecommunications, Computer Systems, and Operations in the company's Information Services Division. Prior to 1988 he held a number of management and scientific staff positions in the Palo Alto Research Labs with his research focused on the deformation and fracture mechanics of polymer and metal matrix composites. Dr. Crossman has published over 50 articles in technical journals and conference proceedings and has co-edited three books. He was a member of the National Research Council's National Materials Advisory Board for seven years and also served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the NSF sponsored Institute for Mechanics and Materials at UCSD and as a member of Industrial Advisory Board of MIT's Materials Processing Center.

Robert Dyck B.S. (Software Engineer)
is a computer software developer with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba and 24 years commercial experience. Currently a contractor for MicroPilot, he develops systems for calibration and quality control of miniature Unmanned Arial Vehicles. Robert has been an active member of the Mars Society, founding a chapter in Winnipeg, Canada. As a Mars Society project leader, he has worked on spacesuit designs, wrote a paper on extraction of aluminum from a mineral identified in Mars soil, and is developing a high accuracy Mars regolith simulant with the principal investigators of NASA Mars missions. He has also studied ion engines, life support, asteroid mining, and in-situ resource utilization. Robert brought his diverse experiences with minerals and gases to the Program Study team.

Damon Ellender MEngSc (Robotics Specialist)
Damon has a MEngSc (masters) degree in Mechatronics (robotics) from the University of New South Wales, BSME, and 12 years commercial experience in industrial automation including set-up and commissioning of manufacturing processes. He was responsible for bulk gasses and general manufacturing on the Program Study team.

Brian Enke (A.I. Specialist)
Brian is a Research Analyst in the Department of Space Studies at the Southwest Research Institute. Brian holds a M.S. degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University, specializing in software algorithms and Artificial Intelligence. He is also the published author of Shadows of Medusa, a mystery/thriller novel about near-future Mars exploration. Brian has given conference presentations on Mars science and economics, public outreach, and low-budget Mars settlement strategies. He is also a mentor for the Nederland High School robotics team in Nederland, Colorado.

Emily Grosse (Mission Planning)
Emily is an undergraduate student in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering at MIT. She is researching mission planning for the Mars Homestead Project.

Inka Hublitz (Agricultural Specialist)
Inka is a PhD candidate from the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at University of Florida and holds a masters degree that includes a thesis on Mars surface greenhouses. She was responsible for the agricultural discipline on the Program Study team.

William Johns MD (Psychology Specialist )
Dr. Johns works as a psychiatrist in Florida and brought his experience with that discipline to the Program Study team. He provided advice to the team on crew selection and group psychology for remote and confined space environments.

Samuel Kenyon (Software Engineer)
Sam is a software engineer and also a graduate special student at MIT; he has a bachelors degree in computer engineering technology from Northeastern University and an associates from New Hampshire Technical Institute. He has worked for MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Charles River Analytics, DEKA, etc. Career/research interests (many of which also apply to space and settlement): artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous vehicles, HRI (Human-Robot Interaction) and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), sensor networks, Alife, cognitive science and neuropsychology, serious games, etc. He is a member of IEEE, AAAI, AUVSI, SPIE, and WTA. Sam provides advice on these technical areas to the program study team.

Krishnamurthy Manjunatha (I.T., Communication & Control)
Krishnamurthy works as a software engineer on embedded controllers for LSI Logic in Atlanta, and has six years of experience designing software for embedded and mainstream applications. He has a Masters in Computer Information technology from Regis University in Denver, CO, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics/Communication from Kuvempu University in India. He's an active member of the Mars Society, AAS, EAA, and various aerospace organizations in India and the USA. He is particularly interested in the commercial aspects of space exploration, and presented a paper on an Indian manned Mars mission at a meeting in Udaipur November 2004. He brought to the Program Study team his expertise in IT, communications, and controls.

Christopher Martin B.S. (Volunteer Recruiter)
Christopher has a B.S. in Sociology with a Minor in Anthropology from the University of Evansville (2006). Christopher was twice recognized as Student of the Year for outstanding campus leadership and volunteer activism. He has been employed as a Residential Coordinator (since 2006) after two years working as Resident Assistant at the University of Evansville (2002-2006). Christopher has had a lifelong and avid interest in paleontology, space sciences and developing technologies. He has volunteered to work on Marspedia, and currently assists with volunteer recruitment. He works as our point person during the annual Career Day presentation at the University of Evansville, and is our active on-campus representative.

Robert Milligan (Polymer Specialist)
Robert holds an AB in Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside and a MS in Organic Chemistry from San Diego State University. He has over thirty five years experience as a chemist, polymer scientist, and materials engineer covering synthesis, development and selection of engineering polymers in the areas of advanced fibers, films, blown foams, engineering composites, sandwich structures and structural adhesives. Working with Dr. Crossman, he continues to develop the polymer manufacturing processes applicable to Mars settlement, and has assisted in the development of this discipline concept for the programming study.

Shaun Moss B.S. (Settlement Concepts)
Located in Queensland, Australia, Shaun has a special interest in space and the future of humankind, specifically in how humans can survive for extended periods on Mars. He is currently working on terrestrial “ecovillages” with the scope to use his designs for future extra-terrestrial habitation. This project, combined with 20 years experience in software and database development using a wide range of languages and technologies, means that Shaun will provide a huge range of skills and vision to Mars Foundation homestead designs. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science, Engineering Maths and Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia. Supplementing this, Shaun has a range of career experience as a programmer, technician, internet developer, lecturer, salesperson, manager and CAD draftsperson. He is a member of the Mars Society (since 1999), Space Frontier Foundation (2006) and Queensland Space Frontier Society (2007).

John Pearson (Water Well Development)
John has an HND in Applied Physics and Electronics. He has 15 years experience in offshore drilling and is currently engaged in large field development off Nigeria for ExxonMobile. He was responsible for Mars water well concept development on the Program Study team.

Josh Peimer B.S. (Genetics Specialist)
Josh holds a B.S. in Molecular Genetics with a Minor in Microbiology from the University of Vermont (2006). He served as a Lab Assistant for Dr. Terry Delaney, Plant Immunology, in the same institution (2003-2004). In the Fall/Spring 2006 he gained experience as a Research Assistant to Dr. Scott Morrical, working on site-directed mutagenesis investigating double-strand break repair. Josh also worked for the New Hampshire State Forensic Lab as a Summer Intern (2005). Josh was recently employed as a Public Health Microbiologist at Vermont Dept. of Health Laboratory. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Microbiology at the University of Maine-Orono. Josh's other interests include the martial art Kukkiwon (holding a 3rd degree black belt with an international certificate) and he is an active alumni member and instructor with the UVM Taekwondo Club. He has an intense interest in space science, and is highly motivated to assist the Mars Foundation with our future projects.

Georgi Petrov (Architect)
Georgi is a specialist in high-performance architecture, particularly in the area of architecture for human space exploration on the surfaces of other planets. He holds graduate degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For his architectural thesis he designed a permanently inhabited settlement on Mars, considering the design from a combined architectural, planning, and engineering points of view. Subsequently he tested some of the ideas at the Mars Society's Desert Research Station. Mr. Petrov is also a engineer and designer at Synthesis International. Professionally, Mr. Petrov has experience as an engineer at the structures group at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he worked on highrises and specialty glass and steel structures. Currently he is an architect at Laguarda.Low Architects, specializing in mixed-use projects in European countries. Georgi was born in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Richard Sylvan M.D. (Oncology Expert)
Dr. Sylvan specializes in Oncology and brought his medical experience to the Program Study team. He has written multiple papers on space life science and was responsible for the medical discipline on the Program Study team.