EVX: Women in Aerospace Engineering

A 90-minute interactive web broadcast featuring five women with critical roles in NASA’s 2024 Artemis Mission to the Moon and the eventual colonization of Mars.


Presented by The Museum of Science Fiction

Wednesday, October 28th at 7pm EDT


This program focuses on women in lead inventive and design roles; literal world builders. More than tinkerers, our conversation with engineers and inventors will explore how woman have pushed the envelope in engineering – from historical achievements to current efforts. We’ll discover the real leading ladies making us safer, more connected and helping us explore our universe. What motivated them to a career in STEAM and how can women engineers in science fiction help inspire more girls and young women?

Guest Speakers - Aeropspace Engineers

Abigail “Abby” Harrison, Moderator
Since the age of five, Abby has been dreaming of space and flying. In 2011, at the age of 13, Abby began to speak publicly about her dreams and the Mars Generation. She just recently finished authoring her first book titled “Dream Big! How To Reach For Your Stars” which will be published by Penguin Random House in January 2021.

LaNetra Tate
Dr. Tate currently works at Goddard Spaceflight Center, leading the Commercialization, Innovation, and Synergies effort within the Exploration and Space Communications Division.

Jody Davis
Jody Davis is a Systems Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She currently supports the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Roman) as the Observatory Lead Interface Systems Engineer.

Powtawche Valerino
Powtawche Valerino is an Aerospace Engineer who works at the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center. She supports NASA’s Space Launch System and Human Landing System Programs in the areas of guidance and flight mechanics.

Elizabeth Jens
Dr. Elizabeth Jens is a Propulsion and Systems Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. She splits her time between working on a cold gas system for the Mars 2020 mission and working on the proposed Mars Ascent Vehicle.

Lindsay Aitchison
Lindsay Aitchison is the Program Executive for Extra-vehicular Activity (EVA, otherwise known as “spacewalks”) within the Advanced Exploration Systems Division at NASA Headquarters, where her team is supporting the Artemis missions to send humans back to the lunar surface and on to Mars.