Dr. Alessandra Babuscia
Telecomms Engineer, Space Song Foundation
Alessandra Babuscia received her B.S. and M.S degrees from the Politecnico di Milano and her Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2012. She is currently Telecommunication Engineer in the Telecommunication Flight Section at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. She has been PI for the Inflatable Antenna for CubeSat, and she has been telecom lead engineer for many CubeSat missions (ASTERIA, LunaH-Map, RainCube, LunarIce Cube, and BioSentinel) at JPL. She is currently telecom chair lead for JPL TeamXc, and telecom system engineer for Mars 2020 and Europa Clipper.
President, Space Song Foundation
Julia Christensen is an artist and writer whose work explores systems of technology, time, change, and memory. Christensen has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, LACMA Art + Tech Lab, Creative Capital, MacDowell Colony, and the Ohio Arts Council. Her artwork exhibits internationally, and she lectures widely about her projects. Christensen is an art professor and Chair of the Studio Art Department at Oberlin College. Christensen’s forthcoming book, Upgrade Available (Dancing Foxes), describes her art/research about how technological obsolescence impacts our world, from e-waste to spaceships.
Space Song Board Member
Joel Ferree is the Program Director of LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab. Since he started at LACMA in 2011, Ferree has been nurturing artistic collaborations for the museum, focusing first on the development team’s special projects and then continuing to launch the Art + Technology Lab with the vice president of technology in 2014. As program director of the Lab, he specializes in forging productive relationships between artists and technology leaders in the corporate, academic, and public sectors. Prior to joining LACMA, he was the director of Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, where he oversaw a roster of 18 international artists while developing 24 exhibitions and 14 art fair installations.
Dr. Tony Freeman
Space Song Foundation Advisor
Dr. Tony Freeman is the manager of the Planetary Science Formulation Program Office at NASA’s JPL, which oversees robotic exploration of the solar system on JPL’s future space missions for NASA. Recent highlights include: selection of the Psyche mission to explore a mysterious metal asteroid; the development of a helicopter to explore the surface of Mars; the MarCO interplanetary cubesats that served as relay for the Insight landing. Until recently, he was the manager of JPL’s Innovation Foundry. His awards include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for calibration of the SIR-C radar (on Space Shuttle Endeavour), the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work on Earth Science Mission Formulation, among others.
Space Song Foundation Board Member
Roger Klemm has developed, integrated, and operated spacecraft and instrument embedded system software at JPL for over 30 years, spanning the entire software and integrated system life cycle. He also enjoys participating in project formulation studies, including the Tree of Life project. He is interested in many things having to do with sustainability, and his hobbies include electric cars and native plants. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Space Song Foundation Board Member
Judy Lai-Norling is COO at Carbon Mapper, a company that deploys airborne advanced remote sensing technology, demonstrating the potential for an operational satellite data service that can help accelerate sub-national climate action. Previously, Judy was a project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who focused on building partnerships and getting NASA data into the hands of non-NASA users. She has worked on a variety of projects including Mars 2020, Europa Clipper and most recently leading JPL’s Airborne Snow Observatory. As a former resident of the Brewery Arts Colony, she literally lived at the intersection of art and science and is excited to be part of the Tree of Life project.
Space Song Foundation Audio Engineer
Tom Hall is an Australian audio/visual artist, residing in Los Angeles. Hall’s practice is an ongoing exploration into peripheral space and time, inspired by environments and non-linearity found in the everyday. Using multiple approaches to recontextualize these spaces, Hall creates sound and imagery that accumulates in hybrid environments and temporal translations. These outcomes include found and computer programmed sound synthesis, reactive visual synthesis and physical installation. Hall has released a number of recordings in the past two decades, along with exhibitions and live av tours worldwide.
Space Song Foundation Board Chair
Steve Matousek is the Manager of Advanced Concepts Methods & Innovation at JPL. Steve leads a core team of experts from a range of scientific disciplines. This team intervenes early in the advanced concept lifecycle to conduct studies across divisions at NASA/JPL, including, (among other disciplines), planetary, Earth, and astrophysics science. Steve’s core team also develops strategic partnerships and project vision.
And many more!
Over the years, many others have been engaged in the Space Song Foundation’s primary project, The Tree of Life. That list includes Charles Penny, Ingie Bahoe, Steve Anderson, Randii Wessen, Kyle MacDonald, Erika Podest, Natasha Stavros, Rashni Shah, Bruce Waggoner, Ashley Davies, Dave Delgado, Sarah Hovsepian, Harald Schone, Tiffany Kataria, Alex Austin, Andrew Mitchell, Jonathan Murphy, Paul Propster, Dan Goods, Erik Conway, Lois Kim, and David Levine, to name a few. We like to say that once you’ve heard about the project, you are part of it. So welcome aboard!