Vera is the CEO and Founder of MARS CITY DESIGN.
Vera comes from multidisciplinary background in master planning in various fields of art, architecture, urban design, filmmaking and storytelling, has made her specialization in conceptual strategy in technology, innovation and business development. Vera contributes her expertise in combining these fields, creating a collaborative competition platform for designing cities for Mars, our next step to settle the Red Planet. Vera is the Executive Director of Architecture and urban design for Mars, Marschitecture.
Curtis is an Aerospace Systems Engineer with a passion for space. He has more than 10 years experiences in designing, managing, and executing engineering projects and have both technical and management experiences. Curtis earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech, and he is ready to making ideas, people, hardware into space.
Curtis specialities: Systems Engineering, Analysis, Design, SysML, Problem Solving, Space Industry, Coding, MatLab, Python, JMP, Communicating in Japanese
Andrew is from a background in the aerospace and mechanical engineering fields. He previously worked in the private space industry in Europe as a technology developer, project manager and entrepreneur. Among other roles, he worked for 4 years as a specialist at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands where he supported the development of space missions, including significant contributions to future lunar and Mars landers as well as the VEGA launch vehicle. More recently he was Director of Technical Operations for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, where he was responsible for selecting and managing the panel of independent judges, communicating technical aspects of the prize to the space industry and the general public. Andrew holds a Ph.D and bachelors degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University.
Monica is a managing partner at LightSpeed Innvations, an aerospace accelerator. Monica has over 22 years of experience in the technology and aerospace industries; with expertise in technology R&D, product development, strategic partnerships, and innovation strategy. She frequently advises high-tech start-ups and corporations on their business and technology strategies. As part of the steering committee for the Wharton Angel Network and Wharton Aerospace Ventures, Monica works actively with investors and entrepreneurs. Monica holds both BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Southern California, a Systems Engineering certificate from the California Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The Wharton School. She currently holds a faculty position at The Wharton School.
Norris Tie is currently an MBA candidate at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB). Prior to joining the GSB, he served as a propulsion engineer for Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks on NASA's Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) program, The Spaceship Company on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, and at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems on high-speed concepts. With his technical and business background, Norris is on the search for an economical technical solution to move people around the world faster to minimize international flight times. Norris holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA Class of 2014.