Plenary 4:

Next Generation Plenary: International Space Station as the Gateway for Humankind’s Future in Space and on Earth

Tuesday 13, 
Location: Ussishkin Auditorium

This plenary highlights the active work on the International Space Station (ISS) of students and young professionals who were competitively selected through YouTube auditions. These Next Generation panelists will discuss the reasons for performing research in space vs. on Earth and will discuss results and benefits of their research – not only for deep-space exploration but also for improving life on Earth. This plenary examines new research that will take firm hold in a future when the panelists will be in the prime of their careers, executing the decisions of the day and ultimately driving the space community.




Julie RobinsonDr. Julie Robinson, NASA ISS Program Scientist

Julie Robinson is NASA’s program scientist for the International Space Station at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. As the chief scientist for the International Space Station Program, Robinson has overseen the transition of the laboratory from the assembly period, with just a few dozen active investigations, to full utilization, with hundreds of active investigations. She represents all space station users, including NASA-funded investigators, the new community of investigators using station as a National Laboratory, and the international research community.


Andrea BoydAndrea Boyd, ESA Flight Controller for ISS

Andrea Boyd is an ISS Flight Controller stationed at the European Astronaut Centre.

A Mechatronic Engineer from The University of Adelaide, Australia, she specialised in robotics at Yeungnam University, South Korea, working after graduation as an Automation Engineer for many industries prior to certification as a process plant and underground Mining Control Systems Specialist, located on site in the remote desert.

Andrea certified as an ISS Flight Operations Engineer for payload control and cross-certified in later years for crew operations, serving in the European Space Agency’s Human Spaceflight and Operations Directorate. She has lived, worked and studied in over 65 nations, cooperates with IAC2017 Adelaide and is on the 2015 Australian of the Year Honour Roll for her volunteer work at schools, universities and NGOs, inspiring young people to pursue ambitious careers.


Plenary Panelists:

Jean–Dominique CosteJean–Dominique Coste – ESA Systems Engineer

Airbus Defence & Space, France/Germany

Jean-Dominique Coste (30) is a Systems Engineer for Columbus, the European module on the ISS.

He has supervised the integration of 30 experiments with ground-breaking applications for life on Earth and for preparing future manned exploration, in the fields of Earth Observation, Medical Research, Telerobotics. He acts as interface to NASA for payload engineering. He supported the development of new projects to democratize access to the station. Besides, he acts as project leader and intrapreneur for innovation initiatives in the Airbus Group.
A graduate from the SpaceMaster program, he has lived and worked in 5 countries.

He is driven by a strong belief in the societal benefits of space technology.
In the free time, he pursues entrepreneurship, music production and family endeavors.

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Jason-DunnJason Dunn – founder of Made In Space

Jason founded Made In Space in 2010 as a result of analyzing the best possible approaches to enabling a fully sustainable form of space colonization. With a core focus on space manufacturing, the company has since built, flown, and operated the first 3D printer in space. Installed on the International Space Station, the Made In Space Zero-Gravity 3D printer began space manufacturing in November, 2014. Jason serves as the Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the technical program management on projects and development of the technology roadmap for the company.

Jason holds two degrees in Aerospace engineering, has studied at the Singularity University Graduate Summer Program, and is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of space exploration and the theory of disruption. In 2014, Jason and his three co-founders were recognized by Forbes on the prestigious 30 under 30 list for manufacturing.

Web: Made In Space

Norah-PattenDr. Norah Patten – Communications and Outreach Manager with the Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp)

Norah Patten is the Communications and Outreach Manager with the Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp). She is adjunct faculty at the International Space University and Co-Chair of the Space Humanities Department for the Space Studies Program (SSP). Norah is also a Space Generation Advisory Council National Contact Point in Ireland; she writes articles for the Astronomy Ireland magazine and is on the Advisory Board for the Lough Gur Primary Science Centre.

Norah recently coordinated ‘The Only Way is Up’ initiative at IComp in which, through a partnership with Nanoracks, the first experiment designed by Irish secondary school students was sent to the International Space Station in July 2014. She graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering and in 2011 received her PhD from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She was Chair of the Space Management and Business Department at the SSP13 in Strasbourg. Norah has interned at the Boeing Company in Seattle Washington USA and Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent in Dublin; she has featured on national television and other media including national radio and newspapers; and is a regular speaker at public events.

Norah’s mission is to inspire the next generation of engineers and astronauts.

Twitter: @SpaceNorah

LinkedIn: Norah Patten

Facebook: Irelands First Astronaut


Jun ShimadaJun Shimada – JAXA Payload Engineer
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Jun Shimada is a payload engineer at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. He is involved in several projects on the International Space Station such as “Free-Space PADLES mission”, measuring the dose of space radiation utilizing the JEM robotic arm and COTS-applied camera missions for earth observation as well as 4K camera mission onboard.

Mr. Shimada majored in chemical engineering at Keio University in Japan and performed research on the exhaust gas treatment system. During his stay in Montana, in the United States as a student, he volunteered as a planetarium operator at the Museum of the Rockies. Since then, he is passionate about sharing with others about future space exploration.

Julia StalderJulia Stalder – UCLA and NASA JPL

After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, Julia Stalder began working as a mechanical engineer at the California Institute of Technology’s NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She led the Mechanical Integration and Test team for the RapidScat instrument which was launched to the International Space Station in September 2014. From its external position on the ESA Columbus module, RapidScat measures ocean surface wind velocities and has provided data to scientists and organizations that have used this information to study and track the development of several major storms.

Julia is concurrently pursuing a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from UCLA. Outside of work and coursework she enjoys being a volunteer tutor for High School math and Spanish, swimming, and traveling.

Julia is also the recent recipient of the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal.

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Zea - PictureDr. Luis Zea – University of Colorado

University of Colorado, Boulder

Guatemala / United States

Dr. Luis Zea has been involved as an aerospace engineer in multiple experiments conducted onboard the U.S. Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). As a researcher, he has focused on using the space environment to find solutions to problems on Earth. From the “Antibiotic Effectiveness in Space (AES-1)” experiment conducted on ISS, he is investigating bacterial resistance to antibiotics, a problem that kills around 100,000 people every year. He is also supporting his alma mater, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, in the design and development of a satellite for monitoring contamination in the country’s lakes. Luis has seen first-hand the benefits that space based research and assets can have for people on Earth and therefore is passionate about the democratization of access to space. He is a strong believer that international collaboration on space exploration can be an endeavor that one day may unite humanity.

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