Aaron Kamholtz is a self-taught programmer who works in People Analytics, where he focuses on data management, data visualization, and storytelling using people data. He enjoys tackling new problems without an expected outcome.
Alexis Chan is a software engineer who creates scientific visualization and virtual reality. She's interested in machine learning and data analytics.
Amanda Casari focuses on data science and computational storytelling. She works to foster an inclusive community in the Seattle data community through participation in Ada Academy, Seattle Spark Meetup, PyLadies and Women Who Code.
Analisa Balares is CEO and Chief Innovation Officer of Womensphere which brings together women and girls for a Global Codefest, Artfest and Videofest, and offers an Incubator Network and Academy. Their goal: train and educate 1 billion women and girls by 2030.
Annette Ponnock works in educational research and data analysis. She is passionate about art and tech-based textile projects, designing original textiles using data patterns, and learning R and Python.
Briana Vecchione is a Civic Tech Fellow at Microsoft and also head of wogrammer. Her background in computer science and math is complemented with interests in physics, philosophy, government, entrepreneurship, and urban planning.
Caitlin Gallagher is a communications analyst, managing data visualization and analysis for the United States Marine Corps. She believes every data set has a story to tell and it is our job to uncover it. Caitlin is also a figure skating coach.
Cheney Lyford is majoring in math and computer science. She loves problem-solving with program code and math.
Cheyenne Gaima is exploring life through writing and technology. She's eager to grow her knowledge of STEM fields.
Chinasa Okolo is completing her degree in computer science, with interests in computational theory, biological anthropology, and bioinformatics. She's dedicated to improving educational access for underrepresented students in STEM.
Christine Phu is a photographer and space enthusiast. She is interested in how design and art can be combined with technology and science and is passionate about solving data challenges.
Cindy Chin is an entrepreneur and venture strategist with over 20 years experience in research, operations and strategy with technology companies, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, asset management firms and non-profit foundations.
Claire Kelling studied statistics and data analytics and will pursue her PhD in statistics. Her research centers around gender-based violence on college campuses.
Crystal Franklin works in public and community health, specifically in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. She is eager to learn new skills and connect with other women who code.
Danielle Gervalis discovered data and coding through engagement with NASA's Space Apps and Datanaut initiatives. She's a civil servant at Veteran's Affairs with extensive experience in project management, human resources, procurement, and financial management; and is determined to conquer her new skill: Ruby on Rails.
Dr. Julia Pap
Julia Pap works in the data mining group at the Institute for Computer Science and Control in Budapest, Hungary. She holds a PhD in discrete mathematics.
Dr. Julia Silge
Julia Silge is a physicist and astronomer by training. After earning her PhD 10 years ago, she stays busy as a data scientist in the nonprofit world, and as a mom of three kids.
Dr. Nannette Napier
Nannette Napier is a professor of computer literacy and programming and integrates data analysis into her courses. She worked as a software engineer for 8 years before obtaining a PhD in information systems. She works to advance diversity in tech.
Dr. Noemi Derzsy
Noemi Derzsy works in network science, studying complex systems with underlying network structure. She holds a PhD in physics and loves to explore big data, tackle problems, and apply current computational techniques to answer questions.
Emily Barry loves to tell stories about people with data and is especially interested in interactive data visualizations. She currently is a Data Science fellow with Metis in San Francisco.
Gregory Sklar is a startup incubator manager with over 120 environmental and socially sustainable ventures. He is interested in applying his experience in many fields to problem-solving in space. He led a 2016 Space Apps Data Bootcamp Stardust Station on storytelling design.
Jeff Keeton is an environmental scientist, a data scientist-in-training, and passionate about data visualization and data-driven decision making. He has tackled challenges within the environmental, technological, and policy domains, and is excited for what’s next.
Julia Karkowska is a math and computer science student interested in robotics and data science. She loves thinking about geospatial challenges, and topics that combine neuroscience with technology.
Julie Knight is a Java software engineer with over 11 years of experience. She attended the 2016 Space Apps Challenge Data Bootcamp and love reading, puzzles, the outdoors, podcasts about science and storytelling.
Kaira Villanueva is a student majoring in computer science and environmental biology. She is currently researching climate change from pollen grains.
Karen Lopez is a Data Architect and Evangelist. Speaker, Trainer, Space Enthusiast; and has attended NASA's Space Shuttle Tweetups, Socials, and Space Apps. She's a pathfinding data geek.
Karolina Kumiega is the Data and Analytics Manager at Girls Who Code. She is passionate about empowering women and telling compelling stories with data.
Katie Erickson is a student who loves learning to code and has always been passionate about space. She plans to combine her interests to create her own independent study major in computational astrophysics.
Kerry Benjamin is passionate about STEAM and a big fan of intersections such as between tech, art, business, and sciences. He'd love to make an impact in the broad field of data science.
Lexi Basantis is a mechanical engineering student and co-founder of Think Like a Girl which empowers girls to become the next gen problem solvers.
Lisa Ballard is CTO of Spacehack.org; co-creator of Spaceprob.es, a catalog of active robotic space missions; and web developer for SETI Institute Planetary Data System Rings node. Her passion, other than space, is design, collaboration, and beautiful user experiences.
Loretta H. Cheeks devotion to advancing technology, STEM K-12 outreach, and disability and women’s advocacy has been the driving force behind her passion for pursuing a PhD. She studies engineering and computer science.
Maham Aftab is pursuing a PhD in optical sciences and works as a research assistant with a large optics fabrication & testing group. She studied engineering and hold masters degrees in applied physics and optics, matter & plasma.
Mariam Serag is a storyteller and an explorer. She founded a student organization in her school to help young people explore their potentials, and co-founded a media platform for marginalized Egyptians in Sinai.
Megha Punjani is a software engineer working on routing platforms. She has experience in hardware bringup, device drivers, virtualization and is passionate about getting more girls andwomen in STEM, space and science fiction.
Nadia Chilmonik is a Brooklyn-based artist and engineer (and former ballerina) who is interested in space programs, data science, and predictive models. She has expertise in optimization algorithms, and works at Thicket Labs on collaborative intelligence.
Olivia Ross participated as a speaker in NASA's inaugural Data Bootcamp at Space Apps NYC in 2015. She's a game designer and student, creating the art and code for SuperBlock, and iOS game.
Ralitsa Velikova is a computer science student who loves math, algorithms and coding in Go and NodeJS. She is interested in philosophy and has won two prizes at the National Philosophy Olympiads in Bulgaria.
Ruby Childs is a data scientist who loves textile and geometrical designing. She is also a PyData LDN and H&&T LDN organizer.
Rutu Mulkar-Mehta is founder and data scientist at Ticary Solutions, solving problems pertaining to natural language processing and machine learning. She holds a PhD in computer science and runs the NLP Meetup group for the greater Seattle area.
Simon Berman taught himself to code, and has built AR and MEAN stack apps while completing a masters degree in computer science. He also created art installations, has a fine arts degree and has worked as a film and TV editor.
Siobahn Day is a researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Science at North Carolina A&T State University. She is PhD student in computer science with interests in data science, identity science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
TIna Lai is a printmaker and web developer, and took part in the 2016 Space Apps and Data Bootcamp. She participated as a Lightning Talker at NASA's White House United State of Women Summit event in Washington DC to share her Space Apps data engagement experience.
Ting Li is founder of the creative studio Pixelatoms and has a background in biophysics, cryptography and cybersecurity. She believes in the power of storytelling to articulate discoveries and explorations.
Tracey Birch has 25 years of experience in software development and system administration. She is a mom of three, and lives to teach, learn, and explore with her kids -- from Shakesphere to citizen science.
Tunisia Mitchell is a self-taught developer, a trained anthropologist and documentarian. She loves blending history and science to create solutions.
Victoria Rutledge loves space and responsive web design. She works in advertising for educational companies and aspires to have her own ad agency.
Zara Leventhal is a student of interactive digital media and combines design and programming. She learned HTML/CSS when she was 7 years old and has continued to code ever since. She's interested in experimental and wearable technology.