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Sheyene Gerardi Infusing Scientific Progress into Robotics Outreach


UCF’s Florida Space Institute and NASA’s Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) announced today an expanded collaboration with Sheyene Gerardi to advance space robotics through visionary, global participation in space.


The partnership between the Florida Space Institute and Sheyene Gerardi is making rapid progress. Ms. Gerardi is joining NASA’s Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) as the Lead for Robotics Outreach. This initiative strongly support NASA’s scientific and human spaceflight goals by creating a vibrant and growing critical mass of researchers that can provide scientific synergy and problem-solving expertise.


“People, in general, are unaware of the danger they are in, that with no way to personally go into space, no need for their labor in the face of robotic artificial intelligence, and no way to gain an ownership share in the industry, they will be left behind both economically and politically, creating a vastly deeper rift between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have-nots’. While the rift is already big today, it is seriously nothing compared to what it will be when industry is started in space and grows to massive proportions, unless steps are taken during the startup period,” Sheyene says. “Many solutions require an understanding of local pain points to solve economic and standard of living challenges every country is trying to solve to provide a better quality of life. I am glad and appreciative that with this synergy we can turn this initiative into a win for everyone. I feel the time is right.” She added.


The CLASS team consists of leading planetary scientists, geologists, geochemists, dynamicists, engineers, physicists and other researchers from across the world, and is headed by Prof. Daniel T. Britt at the University of Central Florida. The CLASS network incorporates domestic institutions across the USA and international partner institutions in different countries. An integral part of the CLASS mission is to give back to the wider community. Ms. Gerardi and her team are advancing this model with the goal of replicating it on a global scale through secondary, college, and post-college competitions, which will be provided back to NASA missions through her position in CLASS. Her participation with the SSERVI/CLASS network will facilitate her access to its cutting-edge scientific advances, and this will enhance the existing partnership with the Florida Space Institute to reach more people with the excitement of NASA space exploration to make a tangible difference their lives.


“As a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer for over 18 years, I am deeply impressed by the value of the work that Sheyene is doing through her non-profit. She understands how to inspire people to not just love the subject matter, but to see the possibility of contributing to it in themselves through a few simple steps. This is a rare skill; you often get two of these at the same time, not all three,” says Shashi Jain, from TiE young entrepreneurs.


Also, the collaboration of her non-profit foundation with FSI has the goal of bringing millions more creative and hard-working people into participation in space settlement, which will help advance social justice goals and accelerate human expansion into space. It aims to train the next generation of space workers while simultaneously advancing the most vital space technologies. It calls for broadening the ownership of space industry as one of its major goals and to advancing not just NASA missions but also that advancement of civilization beyond Earth, as a crowd-sourced effort it can address social justice issues of the (coming) off-Earth industry. This program seeks to prepare the future workforce to participate in aerospace and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, providing on-ramps to high-value employment.