Special Guests coming to EV 2018

Kellie Gerardi
Kellie is a commercial spaceflight industry professional and popular science communicator. She is one of 100 candidates selected to colonize Mars via Dutch non-profit Mars One. Kellie serves as the media specialist of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is also a member of The Explorers Club. In 2014, she became the youngest member to co-chair The Explorers Club Annual Dinner (ECAD).


MASON PECK, PhD
Former NASA Chief Technologist and Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and the Director of Cornell’s Space Systems Design Studio. Mason is also a member of the Museum’s Board of Advisors and Technology Subcommittee.


Ghostbusters Tri-State Division
Here at Ghostbusters Tri-State Division, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the community a better place! As an Official Ghost Corps Franchise, we use nostalgia and our love of Ghostbusters to raise money for local charities. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits.


DJ SHALEIGH
Shaleigh is a DC-based DJ and singer whose musical influences include Imogen Heap, Lana del Rey, Banks, Kid Cudi, and Eminem. When not spinning, she can be found studying audio at American University or working at SiriusXM in Washington, D.C.


C. ALEX YOUNG, PhD
Solar astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Associate Director for Science of its Heliophysics Science Division. Alex is also a member of the Museum’s Board of Advisors and Chair of the Technology Subcommittee


Jay Falker, PhD
As the Early Stage Portfolio Executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters, Jay Falker is responsible for all STMD early stage programs and initiatives. This includes most of NASA’s initial R&D, involving academia, industry, other agencies, and all ten NASA Centers. The Early Stage Portfolio (ESP) aims “Beyond the Next,” pursuing great leaps in future capabilities. The program emphasize creativity and innovation, explore new approaches, and challenge limits. Jay’s portfolio includes about 400 activities, ranging from small grants and early technology projects (<$100k) to entire research institutes ($15M).


ERIC SUGGS, JR.
Eric is the founder of Animation Roots Studio (ARS) and he is hosting over 10 hours of free workshops for aspiring artists at Escape Velocity this year. ARS is a freelance for profit business that umbrellas The Art Way Alliance (AWA). AWA is an emerging organization dedicated to helping children in the D.C. region make art of their own choosing in an environment of acceptance and encouragement. Eric is a connector of like-minded people from novices to masters. Eric often helps artists to highlight their personal artistic voice with creativity and style.


JAMES SURIANO
James is a sci-fi and fantasy author originally from New York and educated at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Inbiotic and The Antarcticans. His next two novels, Dark and The Cult of Mao were released in 2016. A self proclaimed sci-fi fan since birth, James is thrilled to be a part of Escape Velocity.


IRON KNIGHT COSPLAY
Iron Knight Cosplay, a cosplayer in Northern Virginia who represents several famous characters and specializes in children’s charities and events, and has been featured by Marvel.com, Cosplayzine, Wingman magazine, and Cosfamous collector cards.


CAPTAIN CODY
Richmond-based Captain Cody portrays a wide range of characters, from Spider-Man to Han Solo to Branch the Troll. He often works together with Iron Knight as a dynamic duo.


JEFF RUTENBECK, PhD
Dean of the School of Communication (SOC) at American University. Building on experience, he has launched an initiative with the College of Arts & Sciences to develop a center for persuasive gaming at AU. While at his previous position, Jeff oversaw growing programs in game design, game art and animation, public relations, broadcast and streaming media, and emergent media (MFA).member Jeff serves as one of the Museum’s Board of Advisors.


David Grinspoon, PhD
Dr. Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author, as well as a frequent advisor to NASA on space exploration strategy. His new book Earth in Human Hands was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR’s Science Friday. He is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and has participated on the science teams of several interplanetary spacecraft. In 2013 he was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress where he studied the human impact on Earth and organized a public symposium on the Longevity of Human Civilization. Grinspoon’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. He lectures widely, and appears frequently on television, radio and podcasts, including as a frequent guest on StarTalk Radio and host of the new spinoff StarTalk All Stars.