Archaeology, Science and Heritage Council
Dr. Beth Laura O’Leary
Dr. O’Leary is currently Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM where she created the cultural resource management program. She holds a B.A., Mount Holyoke College, an M.A and Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico.
From 2003 to 2011 she was appointed by the Governor to the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee. She has been an expert witness in multiple historic preservation cases in federal court.
For the last 18 years she has been involved with the cultural heritage of outer space and the Moon in the field of Space Archaeology and Heritage. With a grant from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NASA) she investigated the archaeological assemblage and the heritage status of the Apollo 11 Tranquility Base site on the Moon.
In 2010, she and colleagues successfully nominated objects and structures at the Tranquility Base site to the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties and California Register of Historic Places.
In 2011, she was invited by NASA to work with a team of scientists to produce ‘NASA’s Recommendations to Space-Faring Entities: How to Protect and Preserve the Historic and Scientific Value of U.S. Government Lunar Artifacts’. In 2012, she received an award from NASA for that work.
Dr. O’Leary has chaired five international symposia on Space Archaeology and Heritage. She is a member of the World Archaeological Congress Space Heritage Task Force. As a recognized expert in this field she has been interviewed by international media, including among others: Smithsonian, National Geographic, New York Times, LA Times, NPR, Deutsche Radio, CBC, Sunlife (China), USA Today, Geo, Scientific American, and written for BBC Radio 3 and the Washington Post.
She wrote and was co-editor of The Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage (CRC Taylor and Francis Press) with A. Darrin (2009); The Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space (with co-editor, P.J.Capelotti) Springer Press, (2015); and in 2017 Dr. O’Leary with L.Westwood and M.W. Donaldson wrote The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites, University Press of Florida.
Dr. Alice Gorman
Dr. Alice Gorman is an internationally recognized leader in the emerging field of space archaeology. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, the Monocle, and Archaeology magazine. She is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University and a faculty member of the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide.
Dr. Gorman has worked extensively in Indigenous heritage management, providing advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local councils and Native Title groups in NSW, WA, SA and Queensland. She is also a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.
Alice is a member of the Executive Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and a Councillor of the Anthropological Society of South Australia. She tweets as @drspacejunk.
Dr. Philip Metzger
Dr. Philip Metzger is a planetary physicist who recently retired from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where he co-founded the KSC Swamp Works. He now is now at the University of Central Florida — but still a part of the Swamp Works team — performing research related to solar system exploration: predicting how rocket exhaust interacts with extraterrestrial soil, investigating the mechanics of soil, characterizing lunar and martian soil simulants, modeling the migration of volatiles on airless bodies, etc. While at NASA he led the Agency’s work in rocket blast effects for human-class missions. He participated in architecture studies for the Lunar Architecture Team, the Mars Architecture Team and the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, and he helped develop NASA’s technology roadmap for planetary surface technologies. He has also led projects to develop extraterrestrial excavators, regolith conveyance technologies, dust-tolerant quick disconnects, lunar/martian landing pads, and other surface systems technology. He co-founded NASA’s biannual Workshop on Granular Materials in Lunar and Martian Exploration and is a founding member of the ASCE Technical Committee for Regolith Operations, Mobility and Robotics. He received the astronaut’s Silver Snoopy award in 2010 and was selected as the Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Scientist/Engineer of the Year for 2011.
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Ms. Lisa Westwood
Lisa Westwood is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with 24 years of professional experience, meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for prehistoric and historical archaeologist, holding a B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and an M.A. degree in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
She is a co-founder of the Apollo 11 Preservation Task Force, a committee of preservation professionals who are working toward designation of Tranquility Base on the moon as a World Heritage site. She led the effort to list the Objects Associated with Tranquility Base on the California Register of Historical Resources and New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties, which was achieved in 2010, and has worked with members of Congress to eventually have the site designated a National Historic Landmark.
She is well-published in the field of space history, including the lead author of ‘The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites’ (2017, University Press of Florida), contributing author to ‘Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space’ (2014, Springer Press), and the author of several articles and book reviews in Space Times Magazine as well as ‘Quest: the History of Spaceflight’. She has been featured in numerous media interviews and stories all over the world, and co-authored an Op Ed for the Washington Post in 2012.
She serves as the Director of Cultural Resources at ECORP Consulting, Inc., an environmental consulting firm headquartered near Sacramento, California, and is a member of the faculty in the departments of Anthropology and Multicultural & Gender Studies at California State University-Chico, and in the department of Anthropology at Butte College.
Dr. Stuart Eves
Dr. Stuart Eves is Lead Mission Concepts Engineer for Surrey Satellite Technology Limited. He has worked in the space industry since 2004, following a 16-year career with the UK MOD.
Dr. Eves has worked on a variety of satellite missions, including Skynet 4, Skynet 5, and TDS-1. The highlight of Dr. Eves’ career to date was the initiation of the TopSat imaging satellite programme, which established a new world record for “resolution per mass of satellite”, and was the subject of a display in the Science Museum in London.
Dr. Eves has been writing on the subject of space security for several years, and is currently the industry chair of the Space Information Exchange (SPIE) forum. He has also recently completed a book entitled ‘Space Traffic Control’.
Dr. Eves has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in constellation design, and has been a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society for more than 25 years.