Dr. Antaeres Antoniuk-Pablant
Chemical Engineering Consultant
Dr. Antoniuk-Pablant is an organic chemist trained at Arizona State University and Stanford University.
Dr. Andrew Sexton
Chemical Engineering Consultant
Dr. Sexton is a chemical engineer with over eleven years of experience in the energy industry, including carbon dioxide capture processes. Andrew did research on the effects of oxidation on CO2 capture solvents, and was hired by CSIRO to develop similar capabilities. Andrew earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 2003, and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008.
Jeffery Greenblatt, Ph.D.
Founder, CEO and Chief Scientist
Jeffery Greenblatt (Ph.D. Chemistry, UC Berkeley; see CV) is a well-known expert in the fields of energy analysis, climate policy and sustainable transportation. He left a position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2018 after eight years, where he focused on large-scale, multi-sector, long-term modeling of greenhouse gas reduction strategies, and analysis of emerging technologies including artificial photosynthesis and autonomous vehicles. He has published several high-profile academic studies on these topics. In addition, he has been developing an analytic expertise in emerging space technologies since 2014, founding Emerging Futures in 2016 and co-founding Orbital Assembly Corporation in 2019. Previously, Jeff has worked at NASA Ames Research Center, Princeton University, Environmental Defense Fund and Google.
Business Strategy Consultant
Andrew is focused on accelerating the development of a space-based economy, and also has an interest in green energy technologies. He has 5+ years of project management experience, with a background in areas including orbital dynamics, market research, and entrepreneurship, and has spent time volunteering for the Space Frontier Foundation. He has been consulting with Emerging Futures since 2017, and became a Senior Analyst at SpaceFund in 2019. Andrew holds a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona.
Prof. Douglas Fontes
Lunar Dust Modeling Consultant
Prof. Fontes is an Assistant Professor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. He is an expert at numerical simulation of plume flows.
Prof. Daniel Britt
Lunar Regolith Consultant
Prof. Daniel Britt is the Pegasus Professor of Astronomy at the University of Central Florida. He researches the physical properties and mineralogy of asteroids, comets, the Moon, and Mars, and is the director of the Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS), a node of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). He has served as the Chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society and the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. He has an asteroid named after him; 4395 DanBritt.
Technical Writing Consultant
Denise Penrose is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant with decades of experience working with scientists and engineers in multiple disciplines, including computer science, engineering, energy, and the physical and life sciences. She has worked for several major publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Elsevier, and Springer Nature, acquiring and editing university textbooks, professional references, and scholarly journals as well as trade books and magazines. While living in The Netherlands, she wrote review articles for European and American technology magazines and edited documentation. Her freelance clients include professional online course developers and researchers and analysts developing grant proposals, white papers, and reports.
Brad's role at Emerging Futures draws upon his deep experience with software development, start-ups, and knowledge of space technologies. He is currently a Machine Learning Research Scientist/Software Engineer at the SETI Institute and NASA Frontier Development Lab. Previously, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Dropbox on the Machine Learning team, where he built an optical character recognition system for millions of users using deep machine learning and computer vision. Prior to this position, he founded Inkling Habitat, a scalable publishing environment for interactive content. He also created Coworking, an international grassroots movement to establish a new kind of workspace for the self-employed. Brad met Jeffery Greenblatt when he was at Google, building software for the Google Docs team and helping to push forward such web technologies as HTML5. Brad has a history of innovation, whether working with Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and hypertext, on the HyperScope project; exploring deeply collaborative web browsers with Paper Airplane; working on one of the first web-based RSS aggregators; and more.
A serious space enthusiast, Brad has acquired a remarkable knowledge of space activities, regularly following developments at NewSpace companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Made In Space and Planetary Resources, NIAC- and DARPA-funded projects, and long-term efforts like Breakthrough Starshot, 100 Year Starship, Tau Zero and Long Now.
Chemical Engineering Consultant
Kevin co-founded Trimeric Corporation in 2003 with a strong desire to focus on providing technical services to industry. Kevin has a broad range of experience solving clients' most difficult technical problems in chemical engineering, including development of complex simulations and mathematical models, and the planning, design, construction, operation, and optimization of laboratory and pilot-scale process equipment. He graduated summa cum laude from Sam Houston State University in Texas in 1987, and earned his Master's degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. Mr. Fisher is a registered professional engineering in Texas and Illinois, and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Greg Forbes is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University's Energy Resources Engineering Department. He specializes in simulation of electric vehicles.
Prof. Akhil Rao
After receiving a B.S. in business administration, finance and economics at UC Riverside in 2012, Akhil Rao spent nine months in a public affairs fellowship in Los Angeles and two years as a data analyst at Red9 before enrolling in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he graduated in 2019 with a focus on space economics. He collaborated with Dr. Greenblatt in writing Emerging Futures' entry analyzing a 1,000-person settlement for the Mars Society's 2019 Mars Colony Prize contest. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.