STEM Track

Life On Mars

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Inhabiting Mars

Dr. Jason Roney is an Aerospace Engineer and an expert on Mars Exploration. Join Dr. Roney for a snapshot view of life on Mars and the ethics involved. It is safe to assume that eventually our human race will attempt to exercise exploration and the colonization of Mars, our nearest neighbor to Earth. There are a plethora of ethical considerations to apply to the inevitable future of human progress and the lecture lays out a background by comparing Earth to Mars, asks for the reasons we would want to live there, and highlights the challenges of life on Mars. He closes the lecture by proposing the ethical decisions we will face as an advancing society and asks you to think, pair, and share your ideas on the topic. Enjoy!

Inhabiting Mars: Lifeboat for Earth?

Dr. Jason Roney

Dr. Jason Roney

Dr. Jason Roney is one of the foremost experts in the field of Aerospace Engineering and Mars Discovery. Dr. Roney graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1997 and a Ph.D in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from University of California at Davis in 2001.

He served as the Senior Research Engineer/Scientist at Exelis/ITT, primarily focusing on the Department of Defense research on modeling and simulation of Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense. Today, he is a Materials and Mechanical Engineering Professor at the University of Denver’s Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science.