Announcing Tested: The Show 2015 Speakers and Guests

By Norman Chan

We're thrilled for this year's lineup of speakers, presenters, and guests at our 2015 stage show.

Our 2015 live show is less than a week and a half away! We're extremely excited for this year's speakers and guests, who will be taking the stage at the Castro Theater in San Francisco for an evening of talks, demonstrations, and conversations. Today, we'd like to introduce you to the speaker lineup, beginning with The Talking Room guest: Dr. Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator of NASA. Dr. Newman works alongside NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in providing overall leadership, planning, and policy direction for NASA. Prior to her post at NASA, Dr. Newman was the Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT, where she led research and development of the Biosuit advanced spacesuit system. You can watch Dr. Newman explain the design of the Biosuit and the importance of STEAM education in this 2011 talk.

Photo credit: NASA/Dava Newman

The other presenters at this year's show are:

Eric Cheng, a technologist and award-winning photographer. Eric was almost most recently the Director of Photography of DJI, the creators of the popular Phantom aerial-imaging quadcopter. While with DJI, Eric traveled to Iceland's Bardarbunga volcanic system to photograph, film, and stream live footage from up close to an active volcano.

Megan Prelinger, a cultural historian and co-founder of the Prelinger Library in San Francisco. Megan's book Another Science Fiction explores the art and imagery of the early space race, and her latest book Inside the Machine chronicles the history of electronics through the lens of commercial and industrial art.

Frank Ippolito, our dear friend and talented special effects artist. We have worked with Frank in his creation of his Zoidberg, Farnsworth, and Rancor projects, among many other collaborations.

Michael Shindler, a master tintype photographer who carries on the practice of this 19th century art at his San Francisco studio. Michael will be giving a live demonstration of the camera that he created to take large-format tintype portraits.

Bobak Ferdowsi, a flight engineer at NASA JPL who served on the Cassini-Huygens and MSL Curiosity missions, and known for his distinctive mohawk. Bobak is also the tech reporter for ABC's Battlebots show.

Marty Cooper (aka Hombre McSteez) is providing his unique hand-drawn animations to play throughout the evening, with a new one created specifically for the show.

Tickets for Tested: The Show are still available on Eventbrite. It'll be 7PM on Friday, October 23, at San Francisco's Castro Theater, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. We hope that you can make it!