Spaceport LA presents: 


Seeing is Believing  
How the world of designers, artists, and visual communicators intersects with rockets and robots 


February 25th, 2018


ArtCenter College of Design, Hillside Campus
1700 Lida St #2319
Pasadena, CA 91103



Confirmed speakers (bios here):

We will also have a small exhibit outside the auditorium featuring works from Mars City Design, students from ArtCenter, and many more.
1 pm - Registration, networking, exploring exhibits; refreshments provided
2 pm - Presentations by Dan Goods, Jonathan Lo, Richard Pelletier, and
           Ajay Menon
3 pm - Panel Discussion led by Maggie Hendrie
4 pm - Networking, exploring exhibits
We’re looking for concept art and posters. If you’d like to participate in the art exhibition, please contact us at and write EXHIBITION in the subject line.

P.S. We'll have a cloud chamber too!





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.


Sophie is currently working in quality management (ISO 9001) in the South Bay, has previously worked as a civilian with the US Air Force and various Combatant Commands, and has over 19 years of administrative experience. Her earlier background is in theatre, as the Director of Patron Services for DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, the Box Office Manager for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and before that as the Order Processing Supervisor at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, supporting over 54,000 subscribers. Sophie holds a BA in Fine Arts/Theatre from the University of Guam, an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and a Certificate in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.



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.



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.  



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.



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