Introducing the 2019 Lunar Resources Mentors


Core Domain Mentor : Abigail Calzada
Abigail is a lunar geologist with over 10 years of experience in lunar exploration (cartography, landing site selection and rover traverse planning for surface lunar operations). She is also founder of the Space Generation Advisory Council’s Space Exploration Working Group that has over 200 members (students and young professionals) worldwide.Currently, she is working as Lunar Geologist and Mission Scientist for ispace, a space resource exploration company, where she works on lunar resources mapping, deposit characterisation, payload/instrument definition, and mission planning (landing site selection and rover traverses planning). Abigail holds a BSc. and MSc. in Geology (University of Oviedo), a MSc. in Space Studies (ISU) and a PhD in Lunar Geology (Birkbeck College, University of London).


AI Mentor: Frank Soboczenski

Frank is a Computer Scientist at King’s College London and a STEM scientist for NASA’s & NOAA’s GLOBE program. His current research focuses on deep-learning and natural-language processing in the medical domain. Frank’s research is supported by the NVIDIA GPU grant program. He has previously worked in areas such as Human-Computer Interaction (medical systems), Cyber-Security (anomaly detection & intelligence operations) and Real-Time Systems (flight deck safety systems) in cooperation with the German Federal Police, GCHQ, Rapita Systems, INRIA, Barcelona Supercomputing Center & Airbus. He also served as a lead organizer of NASA Space Apps challenges and worked on AI projects with the National Space Society (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). He is also currently engaged in Hyperledger projects with IBM as well as machine learning projects with FEMA and law enforcement entities. Frank graduated from the Deggendorf Institute of Technology in cooperation with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and received his Ph.D. from the University of York for his novel work on reducing human error in the field of medical devices.


Mentor: Dennis Wingo

Dennis has decades worth of experience in the computer and aerospace industries. He is founder & CEO of Skycorp Inc, and Greentrail Energy Inc., Co-Founder & CTO of Orbital Recovery Inc..

Dennis’ key areas of expertise are solar electric propulsion, satellite and spacecraft design, advanced mission planning, and lunar surface operational scenario development. Patents on space logistics systems (one licensed to Orbital ATK).

He’s worked for many leading edge companies in the computer, artificial intelligence, and document management space during the 1980’s (e.g., Vector Graphic, Symbolics, and Alpharel and led the development, construction, and testing of microgravity payloads for sounding rockets and the Space Shuttle at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, including the first MacIntosh flown on the Space Shuttle and SEDSAT-1, the first non-NASA spacecraft built in Alabama. He also led the design and development of the world’s first commercial satellite servicing system at Orbital Recovery and the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) that restored and digitized the images of NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Program. (The first in history to rescue and operate a spacecraft (ISEE-3) in interplanetary space.)

Dennis has been the keynote Speaker at Apple World-Wide Developer Conference and at Google Tech Talk and is author of the book “Moonrush”, about developing lunar resources of dozens of scientific articles. Also featured on many documentaries, programs, and news articles on advanced space activities.


Support Mentor: Freddie Kalaitzis
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Support Mentor: Zhichao Lin
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Support Mentor: Julien Cornebise
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