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SciArt Exchange, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, wants to change the world by bringing science and technology together with art to capture minds and hearts, engaging all of society in the future of space exploration, and promoting scientific innovation and collaboration.
Musical, literary, video and visual art can help communicate science and engineering in a widely-accessible and inspiring way so that more people will be engaged in, educated about, and contributing creatively to science and technology. Providing art-and-science integration activities that train imagination, respect for differing views and talents, and team skills also promotes innovation and collaboration.
Through its multi-disciplinary art contests and tours, consulting and training, and community-building activities, SciArt Exchange supports, prepares and convenes people of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations to discuss and potentially solve space, science and technology challenges.
Who Are We?
SciArt Exchange supports the development of programming and partnerships which bridge public understanding and communication of science and engineering activities through the world of art. We provide an interdisciplinary framework to allow focus on issues related to space, advanced technology, energy, health & medicine, sustainability, etc. and to furnish an inspired dialogue about the future.
Chairman and Treasurer
Mr. Graham is an instrument-rated private pilot who has worked for NASA for 28 years. His past positions at Johnson Space Center (JSC) include Flight Safety Engineer for the first 10 flights after Challenger, International Space Station Safety and Mission Assurance Manager, Deputy Project Manager for the Interim Control Module at the Naval Research Laboratory and JSC Acting Chief Engineer. He is interested in nanosatellite design and application, Near Earth Object tomography determination, space tethers design and applications, exploration mission concept development, and planetary/small bodies analog simulations. Whenever he can and in multiple ways, he also assists Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education efforts.
Mr. Jafry is currently Chairman and CEO of Chandah Space Technologies, a Houston- and Mountain View- based company focused on commercial space initiatives. He is a graduate of the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France, and prior to that attended the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Jafry’s prior work experience includes international mergers and acquisitions, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure development. Mr. Jafry currently serves as an Entrepreneur In Residence at the Houston Technology Center, has been named by Forbes as one of “Ten Technology Incubators Changing The World”, and was the former President of TiE Houston.
Jancy McPhee has a B.A. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Brandeis University. She was a cellular and molecular neuroscience researcher in academia for 17 years before joining the National Space Biomedical Research Association and later the Universities Space Research Association to manage various aspects of NASA’s domestic and international space life sciences research programs. Since 2010, she has been implementing motivating and novel ways to enhance space education and science and technology innovation and to promote global collaboration in human space exploration. She created the international Humans in Space Art Program and has been working to establish SciArt Exchange.
Ms. Stott is a recently retired NASA Astronaut. She started her 27 year career with NASA in 1988 at the Kennedy Space Center as an engineer serving in many capacities with the Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs; in 1998 she joined the Johnson Space Center team as a flight engineer on the Shuttle Training Aircraft; and in 2000 was selected as a member of the NASA astronaut corps. In 2009, she spent 3 months living and working aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and returned to the ISS in 2011 as a member of the STS-133 crew on the final mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Ms. Stott has begun her next adventure as a full-time Artist, and will also devote time to STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) education and support of several non-profit organizations.
Advisory Council Members:
C. Barton Bollfrass
Barton Bollfrass is a business advisor and entrepreneur from Texas. He has founded successful businesses in film & television, 3D-printing, product development, data analytics for virtual-reality, STEM education, and most recently commercial astronaut training. Bollfrass is a former Navy EOD Diver and a Dolphin/Sea Lion Trainer, having earned four Letters of Commendation. His teams have received 1st Place at SXSW in both Film (2008) and Education (2016), and he was awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Broadcasting (1986). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Screenwriting and an Associate of Science Degree in Mechanical Design.
Mary Lynne Dittmar
Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar is Executive Director of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry group founded to help emphasize the value and benefits of space exploration to the public. An entrepreneur focusing in strategy, public engagement and space policy, she has guided defense, aerospace and technology firms, providing direction for business development as well as for engagement with customers, influencers, stakeholders, and the public. She is published in a variety of fields, holds several awards for her contributions to aerospace, served on the Heinlein Prize Steering Committee for Microgravity Research, and was a member of the National Research Council Committee for Human Spaceflight, under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences. She is a committed mentor to a number of early career professionals.
Michael Potter serves as Director of Paradigm Ventures a family investment firm focused on high technology ventures. He is a filmmaker who directed the award winning film, “Orphans of Apollo.” Potter is a founder of Geeks Without Frontiers. He is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Space Commerce. Michael received his MS degree from the London School of Economics.
For over 35 years, space illustrator and designer Pat Rawlings has visually documented the future of space exploration. His realistic views of both human and robotic exploration provide a chronology of the plans, hopes and desires of the planet’s best space visionaries. Rawlings’ paintings, digital images and designs have been reproduced in and on hundreds of magazines, books, television programs and films and as murals in both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, Rawlings received the Space Education and Inspiration Award from The Federation of Galaxy Explorers. This award had previously been awarded to Bill Nye-The Science Guy, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and The Discovery Channel. He is a Charter Fellow and former Trustee of the International Association of Astronomical Artists and is Creative Director of Visioneering LLC.
Mr. Stott is a space entrepreneur. He is best known for co-founding ManSat, the world’s leading orbital filing company. He also founded Odyssey Moon Limited and the International Institute of Space Commerce. He worked previously with Boeing and Lockheed Martin. He has a passion for STEM education and holds a Masters degree from the International Space University.