Crew 244

Dylan Dickstein – Crew Commander

Dylan Dickstein is a Ph.D. Candidate at UCLA with experience at SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Aerospace Corporation, and United Launch Alliance. His scientific expedition down to Antarctica has prepared him well for MDRS.

Shayna Hume – Executive Officer

Shayna Hume is a Ph.D. student at CU Boulder working on research in Martian Entry, Descent, and Landing. She has her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and M.E. in Engineering Management. She has experience working at NASA, Lockheed Martin, and the Aerospace Corporation, and is the Executive Officer of this mission as her first analog astronaut mission.

Olivia Ettlin – Crew Scientist

Olivia Ettlin’s technical background is in biology, botany, and environmental science. She’s passionate about conservation and she’s using the MDRS Mars analog as a step into conducting her own research on sustainable agriculture and resource management. She graduated in 2020 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology and in the past year has worked for California State Parks, as well as environmental non-profits TreePeople and Heal the Bay.

Alex Coultrup – Health and Safety Officer / Crew Journalist

Alex Coultrup holds her M.S. in Spaceflight Human Factors with a concentration in microgravity operations and is a graduate of the International Space University’s Commercial Space program. She has previously conducted research in the area of commercial space transportation and currently works at Nanoracks on the Outpost program, an initiative to repurpose spent rocket upper stages into long-duration orbital platforms. She is the Health and Safety Officer and Media Officer and this is her first analog mission.

Julio Hernandez – Crew Botanist

Julio Hernandez is a 5th year Ph.D. student at Purdue University in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His major areas of study are composite manufacturing, self-sensing materials, structural health monitoring, nanomaterials, additive manufacturing, and sustainability in engineering and the environment. This Fall, he will defend his dissertation and then hopes to pursue a career advancing human spaceflight onto the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

Shravan Hariharan – Crew Engineer
Shravan Hariharan is a recent graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He has previously worked at NASA Langley Research Center, Northrop Grumman, SpinLaunch, and most recently at Blue Origin on the Human Landing System. He is currently interning at NASA JPL on the Mars Sample Return campaign, on the Entry, Descent, and Landing team. He will be pursuing his graduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this Fall, in the Aeronautics and Astronautics department.
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