Danielle Wood ’05, SM ’08, PhD ’12 is the Media Lab’s newest assistant professor in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences. She will officially start working at the lab on Jan. 16, 2018, to establish a new research group, called Space Enabled. Her mission is to advance justice and development in Earth’s complex systems using designs enabled by space.
“Let’s keep striving for the ideal that space really is for the benefit of all humankind,” Wood said at a Media Lab event in March when she took part in a panel discussion about the future of space research. A scholar of societal development with a background that includes satellite design, systems engineering, and technology policy for the U.S. and emerging nations, Wood added that “space research is just a link in a bigger chain, part of a broad system of technology and art and science and design.” Her passion, she said, has been in designing satellite systems that serve societal needs while integrating new technology.