DR ANITA SENGUPTA
Research Professor, University of Southern California Astronautics and Space Technology
Dr. Anita Sengupta is a rocket scientist and aerospace engineer who for the past 15 years has enabled the exploration of Mars, Asteroids, and Deep Space. Her expertise spans the aerospace sector from launch vehicles, Earth re-entry systems, plasma propulsion systems that have reached the main asteroid belt, supersonic aerodynamic decelerators to land a rover on Mars, and a laser-cooling facility to make the coldest spot in the known universe.
Dr. Sengupta received her MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she teaches spacecraft, entry, and landing system design for planetary exploration. In her spare time she is an avid pilot, motorcyclist, scuba diver, world traveler, public speaker, and science fiction aficionado. She has been featured on Larry King Now, BBC radio and TV, Wired, and Popular Mechanics.