Keynote Speakers

Darlene Lim

Dr. Darlene Lim
NASA Ames Research Center

Dr. Darlene Lim is a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. Darlene leads several NASA-funded research programs that are focused on blending field science research with the development of capabilities and concepts for future human spaceflight into deep space and Mars. She is the PI (Principal Investigator) of the NASA-funded SUBSEA, BASALT and Pavilion Lake research programs, and the Deputy PI of the NASA SSERVI FINESSE research program. She currently sits on the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and was formerly the Goal IV (Human Exploration) Co-Chair of the NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG).


Lindy Elkins-Tanton

Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Arizona State University

Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton is the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, co-chair of the Interplanetary Initiative, and she is the PI of NASA’s Psyche mission. She is a two-time National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow and served on the National Academy of Sciences Decadal Survey Mars panel. In 2008 she was awarded a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER award, and in 2009 was named Outstanding MIT Faculty Undergraduate Research Mentor. In 2010 she was awarded the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas prize. In 2013 she was named the Astor Fellow at Oxford University, and in 2016 she was named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.


Stephanie Wan

Stephanie Wan, M.A.
Space Generation Advisory Council

Stephanie Wan is an International Government Relations Manager at I.M. Systems Group, and also works at the U.S. State Department Space and Advanced Technology Office under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement focusing on the Space Policy Directive-3 Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management. Her previous role includes spending 8+ years supporting Strategic Communications and GPS Policy at NASA HQ’s Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Office in Washington, DC. In 2015-2017, she was the Chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), the leading international nonprofit organization that brings young space enthusiasts together to provide a voice in space policy. Through her activities with SGAC, she has engaged with space industry and government leaders to offer more leadership opportunities and inspire students and young professionals around the world.