Who We Are: Mark Lupisella
Dr. Mark Lupisella is a systems engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, who received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Born in 1966, he has a B.S. in Physics and a Master's degree in Philosophy of Science. He helped to found the Horizons Project, which emerged from the observation that as the first species aware of extinction and long-term development challenges, and capable of proactively addressing such threats and challenges, we do not do so with the rigor and foresight we are capable of. His research interests include Mars exploration and contamination issues associated with human missions, applying Artificial Life research to extraterrestrial life issues, the evolution of multi-generational altruism, cosmocentric world views, and philosophical and ethical issues associated with the search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence. He is presently helping develop Astrobiology's "Future of Life in the Universe" theme. He also helped start a Wearable Voice-Activated Computer Project at NASA Goddard. From his days as a software development manager for the Hubble Space Telescope, he has a free one-size-fits-all Hubble T-shirt set aside for the first genuine extraterrestrial caller.