Dr. Sian Proctor

  • First Black Civilian Astronaut on Inspiration4
  • First Black Female Pilot of a Spacecraft
  • Afrofuturist Artist and Culture Creator
  • Advocate for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion



Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the mission pilot and the first black civilian astronaut for the Inspiration4, the world's first all-civilian orbital mission to space. Dr. Proctor is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World, a multidisciplinary, professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration and resource conservation.

Dr. Proctor's motto, Space2inspire, encourages individuals to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She is also a space artist and is learning to navigate the art world through the spirit of entrepreneurship. An advocate for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, she believes that every individual must actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space along with the advancement of human spaceflight.

Dr. Proctor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Geology and a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instructions (Science Education) from Arizona State University.

 

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We were all blown away by our first experience with Dr. Proctor. Impressed but not surprised, however. I could tell right away that she is a remarkable individual.

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  • STEM Teachers Club Conference
  • InVisionApp Inc.
  • Dept Holding BV
  • Paysend
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • Dept Holding B.V.
  • University of Arizona, Center of Philosophy & Freedom
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Space2inspire

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story and how she learned to overcome imposter syndrome and became the first black female pilot of a spacecraft. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down how preparation, persistence, opportunity, and responsibility have transformed her life and how yo ...

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story and how she learned to overcome imposter syndrome and became the first black female pilot of a spacecraft. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down how preparation, persistence, opportunity, and responsibility have transformed her life and how you can use your unique space to inspire those within your reach and beyond.

Space2inspire: A Renaissance Roadmap to the Future of Education

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story while engaging in a thought-provoking and inspiring discussion on how we are currently writing the narrative of human spaceflight and how that has implications for the future of education. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down how Open Educati ...

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story while engaging in a thought-provoking and inspiring discussion on how we are currently writing the narrative of human spaceflight and how that has implications for the future of education. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down how Open Educational Resources and the evolving Web3 space are rapidly transforming the way we learn, live, work, and play as we extend humanity to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

Earthlight Impact: An Orbital Perspective on Sustainability

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story and how experiencing Earthlight impacted her perspective as a geoscientist and environmentalist. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down how solving for space actually solves for Earth as she invites the audience to discover ways in which they c ...

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story and how experiencing Earthlight impacted her perspective as a geoscientist and environmentalist. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down how solving for space actually solves for Earth as she invites the audience to discover ways in which they can make a difference for themselves and our planet.

 

Manifesting a J.E.D.I. Space (Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive)

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story and how she has found her authentic voice through a life-long journey of exploration and discovery. In this motivating keynote, she will take participants into a future centered around creating a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space (J.E.D. ...

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story and how she has found her authentic voice through a life-long journey of exploration and discovery. In this motivating keynote, she will take participants into a future centered around creating a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space (J.E.D.I. space) both on Earth and beyond.

The Art of Inspiration

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story and how she won her seat to space as an artist and poet. In this inspiring keynote, she will take participants on a journey of discovery, loss, perseverance, and celebration through the sharing of her stunning Afrofuturism art and the reading of her ...

Dr. Sian Proctor will share her unique space story and how she won her seat to space as an artist and poet. In this inspiring keynote, she will take participants on a journey of discovery, loss, perseverance, and celebration through the sharing of her stunning Afrofuturism art and the reading of her poetry.

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<p><strong>Dr. Sian Proctor receives rave reviews from groups of all kinds for her deeply inspiring engagements</strong></p>

Dr. Sian Proctor receives rave reviews from groups of all kinds for her deeply inspiring engagements

Civilian astronaut and renaissance woman DR. SIAN PROCTOR encourages individuals to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths to inspire those within their reach and beyond through her motto, Space2inspire. Dr. Proctor made history as a member of the world’s first all-civilian orbital mission to space Inspiration4, for which she served as the mission pilot – the first Black woman ever to do so. She is in demand for her insights about her unique space story, her work as a multidisciplinary artist, her thought leadership around creating Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive (J.E.D.I.) spaces, and more.

Dr. Proctor has been sought after by groups like Schibsted Media Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Credit Suisse, Yahoo, Paysend, the University of Arizona, and many more. She regularly receives rave reviews for her deeply inspiring engagements, such as:

  • "The event went really well! Dr. Proctor had the perfect message for our teachers and her teaching background as well as her perseverance through challenges really resonated with the teachers in our community." (STEM Teachers Club Conference)
  • "Dr. Proctor was absolutely amazing. She was so inspiring and her energy is infectious. To say she was a big hit, would be putting it too mildly." (InVisionApp Inc.)
  • "I want to say thank you so much to Dr. Proctor for her time. It was a honour to sit with her and have her share with us. This is an experience that I will never forget." (Paysend)
  • "She was a superstar and one of the most talked about speakers from our conference. She brought her unique perspective and timely and awe-inspiring experiences to our stage and left our audience at the edge of their seats. Two months out from the event and I'm still getting comments about how Sian was an amazing speaker and professional." (National Business Aviation Association)

<p>Civilian astronaut Sian Proctor inspires us to dream big and persevere</p>

Civilian astronaut Sian Proctor inspires us to dream big and persevere

Renaissance woman and civilian astronaut DR. SIAN PROCTOR wrote a poem to win her spot on the Inspiration4 spacecraftpainted art from space, and, not least of all, was the pilot of the spacecraft – the first Black woman ever to do so.  Since landing back on Earth, Dr. Proctor has been everywhere in the media, from the practically real-time Netflix documentary Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space to The New York Times to TIME,  the Today Show, Good Morning AmericaPeople, The IndependentNPR,  Space.comMs. Magazineand more. National Geographic says: “Sian Proctor doesn’t give up… Now Proctor has not only made it to orbit, she has made history. She won her seat on the all-private Inspiration4 mission by impressing a panel of judges with her artistry, her panache, and her efforts to promote what she calls JEDI space—a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive vision of space exploration for humanity.”  Even Michelle Obama shared that the Inspiration4 crew was “…representing what it means to be America. It is all of us — showing courage, taking risks on behalf of everyone else,” as People reported.  

Dr. Proctor is a science educator and geoscientist having appeared on History Channel, Discovery, and National Geographic, and partaking in several analog space missions, including a NASA-financed four-month mission in a small structure on the side of a volcano in Hawaii, to simulate conditions on Mars. Dr. Proctor is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. She is an expert on the science of disasters, and how to predict, prevent and recover.

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Biography

Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the mission pilot and the first black civilian astronaut for the Inspiration4, the world's first all-civilian orbital mission to space. Dr. Proctor is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World, a multidisciplinary, professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration and resource conservation. Dr. Proctor's motto, Space2inspire, encourages individuals to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She is also a space artist and is learning to navigate the art world through the spirit of entrepreneurship. An advocate for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, she believes that every individual must actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space along with the advancement of human spaceflight.

She uses her afrofuturism space art to encourage conversations about women of color in the space industry. She’s also an analog astronaut and has completed four analog missions including the all-female SENSORIA Mars 2020 mission at the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Habitat, the NASA funded 4-months Mars mission at HI-SEAS, a 2-weeks Mars mission at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), and a 2-weeks Moon mission in the LunAres Habitat. She believes that when we solve for space, we also solve issues on Earth. She promotes sustainable food practices used in space exploration as a way to reduce food waste on Earth. She has a TEDx talk called Eat Like a Martian and published the Meals for Mars Cookbook. Dr. Proctor was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program and got down to the Yes/No phone call which came from Astronaut Sunita Williams. She is an international speaker who enjoys engaging in educational outreach. She is a continuing NASA Solar System Ambassador and serves on the Explore Mars Board of DirectorsJustSpace Alliance Advisory Board, the Science in the Wild Advisory Board, the SEDS USA Advisory Board, and the National Science Teaching Association’s Aerospace Advisory Board. In 2019, she was the science communication outreach officer on the JOIDES Resolution Expedition 383 and spent 2-months at sea with researchers investigating the Dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. She also participated in the 2-week faculty development seminar Exploring Urban Sustainability in India. She was a 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher at Sea, a 2016 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador (ACEAP), and a 2014 PolarTREC Teacher investigating climate change in Barrow, Alaska. She is a Major in the Civil Air Patrol and serves as a member of the Arizona Wing Aerospace Education Officer.

Dr. Proctor spent 21 years as a professor teaching geology, sustainability, and planetary science at South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently the Open Educations Resource Coordinator for the Maricopa Community College District. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education. She recently finished a sabbatical at Arizona State University’s Center for Education Through Exploration creating virtual field trips. She did her 2012-13 sabbatical at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute developing their science of disasters curriculum. She has appeared in multiple international science shows and is currently on A World Without NASA and Strange Evidence. You can follow her on social media @DrSianProctor.