Space Cooperative is a worker-owned California Cooperative Corporation. Listed below is the current team, in alphabetical order.
I am a solutions-oriented aerospace welding and manufacturing engineer with 12 years experience facilitating the overall design process from initial specifications and simulation to prototyping and production. Throughout my career I’ve juggled various duties such as project management, streamlining manufacturing, and setting forth a high caliber of design and quality standards. I’ve contributed to projects for SpaceX and JPL, both internally as an employee and externally as a contractor, respectively. When JPL had a vacuum leak with their Insight Lander I redesigned multiple holding fixtures and generated all weld specifications and machine parameters to meet a stringent deadline to get the lander safely to Mars. It is a great pleasure to devote my expertise to change the way we collaborate to get everyone involved in space and beyond.
I am proud and grateful to work in a profession I love: structural engineering. Having earned my Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA and E.I.T. certification, I am closer than ever to becoming a professional engineer. When I am not honing my practical engineering and project management skills at my day job, I spend my time pursuing my other two lifelong passions: space engineering and the murky intersection between business, policy, and making the world a better place. During my undergraduate years I worked hard to succeed in multiple collegiate Model United Nations leadership positions in both in the U.S. and Japan, which enhanced my business-focused skillset. In 2016, my ISRU equipment design earned recognition from both NASA (2nd place in national competition) and the NewSpace community (New Worlds 2016).
I have had a lifelong love of the computer sciences. I nurtured this passion early on writing Java applets, Perl and CGI web pages. I attended University of California at Santa Cruz where I completed the Computer Science Game Design curriculum and made a few of my own video games. For my day job, I am a systems engineer at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). As a career I love all worlds of software, solving problems and learning new skills. I am very interested in space travel and hope to help, eventually, making it a common right for all. Through my contribution to the platform of writing clean, elegant, and optimized code, I hope to accelerate our path towards the stars.
It has been my longtime dream to bring my product management and design expertise to a platform that embodies my passion for social collaboration. For over nine years I provided solutions for social networking and enterprise software companies, most recently for Oracle where I coordinated solutions for companies managing multi-billion dollar projects. I left that role last summer to pursue a path towards outer space, but I didn’t know then that it would lead to the formation of one of the first cooperatives in the industry. I’m thrilled to channel my expertise into building an infrastructure that empowers global citizens to collaborate to bring about positive social change on Earth and beyond. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and an Astronautical Engineering Certificate from UCLA Extension.
I am a writer, technology expert, and futurist. After earning a degree in physics with final thesis in computational laser physics, I worked as a scientist in European research centers including CERN, then as a space system analyst at the European Space Agency (ESA), then as a senior manager in the public space sector. In 2005 I left the public sector and founded a virtual reality development and consulting company, which I ran until 2011. More recently I have been covering developments and trends in crypto, blockchain technology and digital economy for the specialized press. I strongly believe spreading to the stars is our cosmic destiny. Besides, it will also be fun.
All my life, I have remained (probably, systematically) true to Einstein’s words on staying ‘passionately curious’ about any field that genuinely interests me – I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering and (as an avid astrodynamics enthusiast), I am currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Aerospace Engineering. After 2 years in heavy engineering motor design at ABB Ltd, and 7 years in Portfolio Management and Strategic Asset Allocation at AXA and AIG, I have learned to see an underlying pattern in problem solving approaches used across diverse sectors such as Finance and Technology. I enjoy developing solutions that draw on my experience and would like to play a part in eliminating some large scale systemic problem that humanity is confronting today.
I’ve always felt this deep urge to understand how things work, and I’ve always enjoyed pondering the possibilities of Space. I started out on the physical side of things, focusing on mechanics, manipulation and optimization. I’ve since begun to gravitate towards computational knowledge, and I’m now learning about data science and machine learning. I hope to find my own “optimal” niche within the broad, deep field of robotics. I’m also currently working towards a Masters in Computer Science after previously working as a electromechanical engineer in aerospace for two years. I’ve also earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.
I graduated from Otis College of Art & Design with a BFA in Fashion Design. I am a design professional with 7+ years experience in the industry with a passion for sustainable fashion. I have dreamed of space travel, and so, when presented with Space Cooperative’s one of a kind platform I was compelled to join this team of visionaries. My focus on this project will be on space suit design, ensuring they are fashionable, comfortable, as well as sustainable.
I’ve always been fascinated by aeronautics and mankind’s tentative steps into space. I work in finance as the chief financial officer of a firm which provides investment advice to private partnerships. I spend my free time studying history, especially of the military variety and particularly through tabletop simulations of wars in the past, present, and future. I am a big believer in the power of technology to improve our standard of living. I studied at the University of California Berkeley where I was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy.