Dr. Sian Proctor

  • Inspiration4 Astronaut: The First All-Civilian Mission to Orbit
  • First Black Female Pilot of a Spacecraft
  • First Black Civilian Astronaut



Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space. She is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. Her motto is called Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes that we need to actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight.

 

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Space2inspire: Why Your Unique Space Matters the Most

In this keynote presentation, Dr. Sian Proctor will discuss how to use your unique space to inspire those within your reach and beyond. ...

In this keynote presentation, Dr. Sian Proctor will discuss how to use your unique space to inspire those within your reach and beyond.

Manifesting a J.E.D.I. Space: A Cultural Shift in Time and Space

Dr. Sian Proctor’s presentation creates an inspiring discussion on how we are currently writing the narrative of human spaceflight and why the arts are a key component for success. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down the ways for creating a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space ( a ...

Dr. Sian Proctor’s presentation creates an inspiring discussion on how we are currently writing the narrative of human spaceflight and why the arts are a key component for success. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down the ways for creating a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space ( a J.E.D.I. Space). Here is Dr. Sian Proctor’s video that got her selected as an Inspiration4 crew member: https://youtu.be/1-96eiTlVww

Cohesion and High Performance: Tips for Successful Teams in High Stress Environments

In this keynote presentation, Dr. Sian Proctor describes lessons learned from being a crew member on Inspiration4: the first all civilian mission to orbit along with experience living in Moon and Mars simulations including a 4-month Mars simulation funded by NASA.  ...

In this keynote presentation, Dr. Sian Proctor describes lessons learned from being a crew member on Inspiration4: the first all civilian mission to orbit along with experience living in Moon and Mars simulations including a 4-month Mars simulation funded by NASA. 

No Place Like Home: An Orbital Perspective 

In this keynote presentation, Dr. Sian Proctor shares here as a member of the Inspiration4 mission and what she’s learned about our planet as both a geoscientist and an artist.  Here is a video of us opening the SpaceX cupola:  https://youtu.be/tyInFJqviZg ...

In this keynote presentation, Dr. Sian Proctor shares here as a member of the Inspiration4 mission and what she’s learned about our planet as both a geoscientist and an artist. 

Here is a video of us opening the SpaceX cupola: 

https://youtu.be/tyInFJqviZg

Science of Opportunity: Generating Opportunities for Life Changing Moments

In this keynote, Dr. Proctor breaks down how she’s been able to create meaningful life-changing opportunities such as becoming the first black female pilot of a spacecraft. This motivational presentation will provide ways in which other individuals can follow in her footsteps. This video gives so ...

In this keynote, Dr. Proctor breaks down how she’s been able to create meaningful life-changing opportunities such as becoming the first black female pilot of a spacecraft. This motivational presentation will provide ways in which other individuals can follow in her footsteps.

This video gives some idea of me as an explorer: 

https://youtu.be/DhQd2sPw_C0

The Science of Disasters and How to Avoid Them Through Perseverance and Resilience

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Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space. She is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. Her motto is called Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes that we need to actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance 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.