Rocket scientist and expert on the future of transportation; responsible for the landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover
Dr. Anita Sengupta is an aerospace engineer, instrument rated pilot, rocket scientist, and veteran of the space program. She has developed technologies that have enabled the exploration of Mars, asteroids, and deep space for 20 years. She worked for NASA for 16 years where her engineering projects included her PhD research on developing the ion propulsion system for the Dawn Mission (currently in the main asteroid belt), the supersonic parachute that landed the Curiosity rover on Mars, and the Cold Atom Laboratory an atomic physics facility on board the International Space Station.
After leaving NASA she moved into the high-tech transportation sector and led the development of the Hyperloop as Senior Vice President of engineering systems at Virgin Hyperloop, and then became co-founder of the urban air mobility startup ASX.
Most recently as a Professor of Astronautical engineering at the University of Southern California she is developing technologies for interplanetary exploration, supersonic flight, and sustainable transportation. Her most recent entrepreneurial venture is as founder and CEO of Hydroplane Ltd., which is developing energy storage technology for electric aircraft.
Dr. Sengupta received her MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. In her spare time she is active in disaster relief operations as a member of the Civil Air Patrol. In her free time she is a sport motorcyclist, scuba diver, mountain biker, and science communicator.