NASA All-Stars at Dent:Space!

Stars are formed inside dense clouds of interstellar gas and dust. But what happens when you gather together some of NASA’s brightest stars at the The Innovation Hangar in San Francisco? Dent:Space.

So let’s take a look at the star-studded lineup of speakers NASA is sending to Dent:Space and what they’re doing to bring space exploration to you.

Want in? There’s still time! Click here to register for Dent:Space and join us on an adventure through the world of space exploration. Tickets start at an unbelievable $0, but slots are limited, so don’t delay!


speaker-info Jenn Gustetic is the Program Executive for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) at NASA Headquarters. Ms. Gustetic worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2014-2016 as the Assistant Director for Open Innovation where she was responsible for scaling the use of open innovation approaches like prizes, crowdsourcing, and citizen science across the Federal Government,  and oversaw a cumulative doubling of the use of incentive prizes government-wide

Read more about Jenn here.

speaker-info  Marshall Smith serves as the Director of Cross-program System Integration (CSI) and as the Chief Engineer for the Exploration Systems Development (ESD) Division at NASA Headquarters, and is responsible for the technical integration of NASA’s next deep-space transportation system; the agency’s crew vehicle, next generation heavy-lift rocket, and supporting ground systems and operations. Mr. Smith has served NASA for over 30 years working in flight simulation, aircraft, robotic, and human spaceflight systems.
Read more about Marshall here.

speaker-info Darlene Lim is a geobiologist and is currently the Principal Investigator of the NASA BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains) research program and the Deputy PI of the NASA SSERVI FINESSE (Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration) research program. Her research programs are focused on seamlessly blending field science with the development of operational concepts for future human scientific exploration of Mars and Near Earth Asteroids.
Read more about Darlene here.

speaker-info Ali Guarneros Luna currently works with the Office of System Safety & Mission Assurance (SS&MA) at NASA Ames Research Center. As an aerospace engineer, Ali is an advocate and actively promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and also supports yearly programs like Girls Scouts Go Tech, SWE Get Set, Soles Science Extravaganza, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE )“Noche de Ciencia” and more.
Read more about Ali here.


speaker-info Penny Boston is the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI), at NASA Ames, Moffett Field. Penny leads the NAI in fulfilling its mission to perform, support, and catalyze collaborative interdisciplinary astrobiology research; train the next generation of astrobiologists; provide scientific and technical leadership for astrobiology space mission investigations; and develop new information technology approaches for collaborations among widely distributed investigators.

Read more about Penny here.


speaker-info Natalie Batalha is an astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center and the Mission Scientist for NASA’s Kepler Mission. Dr. Batalha has been involved with the Kepler Mission since the proposal stage and has contributed to many different aspects of the science, from studying the stars themselves, to detecting and understanding the planets they harbor, to leading the analysis that yielded the 2011 discovery of Kepler-10b — the mission’s first confirmation of a rocky planet outside our solar system.

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Click here to register for Dent:Space and join us on an adventure through the world of space exploration. Tickets start at an unbelievable $0, but slots are limited, so don’t delay!

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