Archaeology, Science and Heritage Council
Dr. Beth Laura O’Leary
Dr. O’Leary is currently Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM where she created the cultural resource management program. She holds a B.A., Mount Holyoke College, an M.A and Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico.
From 2003 to 2011 she was appointed by the Governor to the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee. She has been an expert witness in multiple historic preservation cases in federal court.
For the last 18 years she has been involved with the cultural heritage of outer space and the Moon in the field of Space Archaeology and Heritage. With a grant from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NASA) she investigated the archaeological assemblage and the heritage status of the Apollo 11 Tranquility Base site on the Moon.
In 2010, she and colleagues successfully nominated objects and structures at the Tranquility Base site to the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties and California Register of Historic Places.
In 2011, she was invited by NASA to work with a team of scientists to produce ‘NASA’s Recommendations to Space-Faring Entities: How to Protect and Preserve the Historic and Scientific Value of U.S. Government Lunar Artifacts’. In 2012, she received an award from NASA for that work.
Dr. O’Leary has chaired five international symposia on Space Archaeology and Heritage. She is a member of the World Archaeological Congress Space Heritage Task Force. As a recognized expert in this field she has been interviewed by international media, including among others: Smithsonian, National Geographic, New York Times, LA Times, NPR, Deutsche Radio, CBC, Sunlife (China), USA Today, Geo, Scientific American, and written for BBC Radio 3 and the Washington Post.
She wrote and was co-editor of The Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage (CRC Taylor and Francis Press) with A. Darrin (2009); The Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space (with co-editor, P.J.Capelotti) Springer Press, (2015); and in 2017 Dr. O’Leary with L.Westwood and M.W. Donaldson wrote The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites, University Press of Florida.
Dr. Alice Gorman
Dr. Alice Gorman is an internationally recognized leader in the emerging field of space archaeology. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, the Monocle, and Archaeology magazine. She is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University and a faculty member of the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide.
Dr. Gorman has worked extensively in Indigenous heritage management, providing advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local councils and Native Title groups in NSW, WA, SA and Queensland. She is also a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.
Alice is a member of the Executive Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and a Councillor of the Anthropological Society of South Australia. She tweets as @drspacejunk.
Dr. Philip Metzger
Dr. Philip Metzger is a planetary physicist who recently retired from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where he co-founded the KSC Swamp Works. He now is now at the University of Central Florida — but still a part of the Swamp Works team — performing research related to solar system exploration: predicting how rocket exhaust interacts with extraterrestrial soil, investigating the mechanics of soil, characterizing lunar and martian soil simulants, modeling the migration of volatiles on airless bodies, etc. While at NASA he led the Agency’s work in rocket blast effects for human-class missions. He participated in architecture studies for the Lunar Architecture Team, the Mars Architecture Team and the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, and he helped develop NASA’s technology roadmap for planetary surface technologies. He has also led projects to develop extraterrestrial excavators, regolith conveyance technologies, dust-tolerant quick disconnects, lunar/martian landing pads, and other surface systems technology. He co-founded NASA’s biannual Workshop on Granular Materials in Lunar and Martian Exploration and is a founding member of the ASCE Technical Committee for Regolith Operations, Mobility and Robotics. He received the astronaut’s Silver Snoopy award in 2010 and was selected as the Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Scientist/Engineer of the Year for 2011.
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Mr. Madhu Thangavelu
Mr. Benjamin Bonsu
Mr. Benjamin Bonsu is the co-founder and project manager of Space Systems Technology Laboratory which was founded in the year 2012 to promote space activities in Ghana. He is the lead to build Ghana first satellite into space which was deployed from the International space station on July, 7 2017. He is part of the working group working on the Ghana space policy and strategy guidelines. For sustainable space activities in Ghana.
He is the author of the Ghana Outer Space Act that is under review by the Ministry of Environment Science and Technology team to be passed on to the Parliament House for approval. Benjamin is member of the Birds Satellite Project and HORYU-IV satellite project initiated by the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan. Benjamin is working hard for his country to sign and ratify the United Nations Outer Space Treaties and recently join the Ghana delegates to participate in the UNISPACE+50 and UN-COPUOS high level meeting which took place on 18- 29 June 2018.Benjamin has been awarded the Presidential Honorary Award by His Excellency, President Nana Akufo Addo ,the President of the Republic of Ghana in November 2017 and awarded Best Interactive Presentation Award, “Space and Society” by the International Astronautical Federation during the International Astronautical Congress September 2017 in Adelaide ,Australia. He is an FCC Amateur radio license operator (call sign KEOCND) and has won Hamsphere Bronze and Silver Award. He has established ground station network with University Space Engineering Consortium UNISEC), Info-stellar Networks to support satellite tracking and operations as it passes over Ghana Region. He is part of the planning committee of been organizing Ghana World Space Week Celebration since 2013 and now has 30 space clubs in Ghana high schools as a platform to promote STEM education, Benjamin has B.Eng. in Electronic and Communication Engineering at All Nations University in Koforidua Ghana and Master of Engineering in Space Engineering where he worked on S-band Ground System Development and Operations at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Kitakyushu, Japan. Benjamin Bonsu is currently a second year PhD student at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Kitakyushu, Japan, where he is developing a Low Cost Thermal Testing Device System for Developing countries.
Ms. Tamara Alvarez
Ms. Tamara Alvarez is a Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate in Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. Since 2016 Alvarez has been doing research at several space institutions, most notably the European Space Agency. Her research project, “Living on the Moon: Humans as Interplanetary Species,” focuses on the legal, political, and sociotechnical practices that are transforming the Moon into an extractive site and a home for humans. Alvarez has taught courses in Global Studies, Anthropology, and Transdisciplinary Design and spoken at the European Space Research and Technology Center, University College London, and Strelka Institute, among others. Alvarez is member of the Space Generation Advisory Council’s Space Law & Policy Working Group and the Moon Village Association. Currently, she collaborates with the International Lunar Exploration Working Group in the Swiss Space Center’s IgLuna project.
Ms. Lisa Westwood
Lisa Westwood is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with 24 years of professional experience, meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for prehistoric and historical archaeologist, holding a B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and an M.A. degree in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
She is a co-founder of the Apollo 11 Preservation Task Force, a committee of preservation professionals who are working toward designation of Tranquility Base on the moon as a World Heritage site. She led the effort to list the Objects Associated with Tranquility Base on the California Register of Historical Resources and New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties, which was achieved in 2010, and has worked with members of Congress to eventually have the site designated a National Historic Landmark.
She is well-published in the field of space history, including the lead author of ‘The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites’ (2017, University Press of Florida), contributing author to ‘Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space’ (2014, Springer Press), and the author of several articles and book reviews in Space Times Magazine as well as ‘Quest: the History of Spaceflight’. She has been featured in numerous media interviews and stories all over the world, and co-authored an Op Ed for the Washington Post in 2012.
She serves as the Director of Cultural Resources at ECORP Consulting, Inc., an environmental consulting firm headquartered near Sacramento, California, and is a member of the faculty in the departments of Anthropology and Multicultural & Gender Studies at California State University-Chico, and in the department of Anthropology at Butte College.
Ms. Lindsay Small
Mr. Paul Quast
Paul Quast is a SETI scholar, independent researcher, interdisciplinary contemporary artist and communication theorist who presently lives and works within Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2012 before subsequently commencing a year-long residency in Limerick City, Ireland. In 2016, he received his Masters from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh while also working as the project director/ coordinator for the ‘A Simple Response to an Elemental Message (ASREM)‘ project; a non-for-profit, publicly-compiled interstellar radio message established to create an interdisciplinary ‘message in a bottle’ that will propagate out into the cosmos for centuries. Quast is a founding trustee and director of the ‘Beyond the Earth foundation‘; a non-for-profit, interdisciplinary enterprise which is presently developing ‘companion guide to Earth’ artefacts [alongside other vital ethics and educational activities] for geosynchronous orbit; archival elements which will aid in ‘interpretability preservation’ for the long-term, archaeological commensurability of terrestrial/ celestial information vaults.
In addition to these activities, he is also an advisor on the Memory of Mankind preservation project and an active member of both the UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN) and SETI Kingsland communities while also serving upon the ‘Humanities Council’ of Arch Mission Foundation and the ‘Archaeology, Science and Heritage Council’ of For All Moonkind.
Mr. Dallas Bienhoff
Dr. Gary Nobles
Dr. Gary Nobles is a Post-Doctorial fellowship holder at Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations where he teaches Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and guest lectures in the Heritage course. He holds a B.Sc., Bournemouth University, M.Sc. University College London (UCL) GIS in Archaeology, Ph.D., Groningen University, spatial analysis in archaeology.
Throughout his career he has enjoyed a variety of roles, these include commercial archaeology, planning and development archaeology, research archaeology. His current research focuses on the development of new innovative data collection and analysis methodologies for archaeological and heritage research. He works extensively with 3D data capture using state-of-the-art technologies (Photogrammetry, Laser scanning, LiDAR, Satellite data) alongside web and data base technologies. In his current role under the Achilles’ Heel Project he is developing a new Archaeological Data Infrastructure in association with the Kaymakcı Archaeological Project which focuses on the interoperability of data sources and automated processing workflows. His recent publications focus on innovation of 3D technology, 3D data storage, and cultural resource management.