I do really enjoy and embrace any opportunity to share what I am learning and create conversations through presentations, hands-on activities and, more recently, through blogs.

Here are some links to featured interviews and conversations

[General Audience] [STEM] [Seminar] [Conference] [Keynote][Article][Podcast]


2022-02-11 Invited speaker, San Mateo Astronomical Society, San Mateo, CA, “VIPER – A next great leap in mapping water on the Moon” (virtual)


2021-10-16    International Observe the Moon Night featured speaker, Chabot Science Museum, Oakland, CA, “VIPER – roving where no rover has gone before” (virtual)

2021-09-29   Invited keynote, Tower Hill Forum Speaker Series, Tower Hill School (K-12), Delaware “Worlds of Possibilities – Inspiration though Exploring Space” (virtual) [you tube link]

2021-03-29   Designed interactive presentation “Rovers on Other Worlds,” 7th grade science class, San Jose School District, San Jose, CA (virtual)


  • 2020-02-15 Opening remarks for the 2020 Silicon Valley Signature Robotics Tournament, a 3-8 grade VEX Robotics competition [General Audience]
  • 2020-02-10 A presentation as part of NASA Social State of NASA Event at NASA in Silicon Valley featuring lunar science and NASA’s Artemis Program [General Audience]
  • 2020-01-21 “Ames and Artemis” a presentation to the NASA Ames Retirement Group about the roles their center is playing today in the Artemis Program [General Audience]



  • 2018-11-03 Bay Area Science Festival – San Francisco, CA [STEM]
  • 2018-10-30 “SOFIA Results Inspire New Questions”, NASA Armstrong Center Colloquia Series  [Seminar]
  • 2018-10-11 NASA in Silicon Valley Live – Robotic Exploration of the Moon Video Chat-Show [General Audience]
  • 2018-07-18 “Current and Future Studies in Star and Planet Formation with SOFIA”, COSPAR, Pasadena, CA [Conference]
  • 2018-06-04 “SOFIA Our Interstellar Origins / Path to Life” American Astronomical Society, Denver, Colorado [Conference]
  • 2018-05-02 “SOFIA Basics and Exploration Opportunities” SOFIA Workshop, University of Stuttgart [Seminar]
  • 2018-05-18 “SOFIA Recent Science Highlights and Upcoming Opportunities”, NOAO, Tucson, Arizona [Seminar]
  • 2018-05-09 STEM Charter Middle School, Sparta, NJ. Met with  nearly 300 6th, 7th and 8th graders and had conversations about NASA, and science, astronomy & planetary science exploration.  [STEM] with Article in the NJ Herald. [Article]
  • 2018-04-10 Invited talk at the NASA Astrophysics  Laboratory Workshop, Athens, GA on “SOFIA-enabled science lab astro and theory connections” [Conference]
  • 2018-03-19 California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA. A public lecture on our increasing ability to look at our universe in infrared & other wavelengths, and the beautiful, dynamic, extraordinary secrets it reveals. [General Audience]
  • 2018-03-09 Yale University “Star & Planet Formation Studies and Opportunities with SOFIA” [Seminar]


  • 2017-12-14  NASA in Silicon Valley PodCast – Kimberly Ennico Smith and Michael Person on Occultations [Podcast]
  • 2017-11-29  “ALMA-SOFIA Synergies” Caltech [Conference]
  • 2017-10-11  “SOFIA Today & the Extended Mission”  SOFIA Science Center [Seminar]
  • 2017-09-19 Galactic Meetup at Disneyland Parks CA, panel discussing science and storytelling in comics, movies, adventure theme parks. [STEM]


  • 2016-09-28 “Pluto Revealed! First Results from the Historic First Flyby of the Pluto System” Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England [Seminar]

Photo by @AstronoSi

  • 2016-08-18 “Evolving views of the outer solar system: new insights from NASA’s New Horizons mission’s historic first Pluto fly-by,” NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland [Seminar]
  • 2016-06-15 “A New View of the Pluto System,” Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Program Webinar [STEM]
  • 2016-06-29 “The Configurable Aperture Space Telescope,” Society of Photo-Optical Engineering, Edinburgh, Scotland [Conference]
  • 2016-04-19 “The communication subsystem of NASA’s Pluto Fly-by New Horizons,” Spacecraft Seventeenth IEEE International Vacuum Electronics Conference. [Conference] [Keynote]

  • 2016-03-18 “Pluto & Charon, Far from Boring Cold Worlds,” Sherlin Lecture, Aurora Community College, Aurora, Colorado [General Audience] with student-written Blog Review of presentation 

  • 2016-03-07 “Ice Chemistry of Pluto & Charon,” Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin [Seminar]
  • 2016-03-04 “Pluto & Beyond; What we know now,” Space Forum Series, Chautauqua, Boulder, Colorado. [General Audience]
  • 2016-02-06 “Optimizing Expectations to Achieve Effective Engagement: Experiences in communicating space mission science and engineering,” Annual Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) conference-Voices, State College, PA. [Conference] [Keynote]

  • 2016-01-23 “Science of Pluto,” Denver, Colorado. Zonta International Amelia Earhart Award Ceremony [STEM]
  • 2016-01-11 “Latest Results from the New Horizons Mission,” 2016 AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) Winter Meeting, New Orleans, LA. [Conference] [Keynote]


  • 2015-12-17 “What’s with Pluto?” Yale Elementary School, Aurora, Colorado. 4th grade [STEM]
  • 2015-12-04 “What have we learned from exploring Pluto?” International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) Galaxy Forum, Scarsdale, New York [General Audience, STEM]
  • 2015-11-10 “Pluto & Charon Light Curves,” American Astronomical Society, Division of Planetary Sciences, Virginia [Conference]
  • 2015-10-11 “I *heart* Pluto,” Northern Colorado Maker Faire, Loveland, Colorado [General Audience]
  • 2015-10-05 “Pluto Revealed: First Results from the First Mission to this distant world,” Immaculate Heart Academy, Washington Township, New Jersey [STEM]
  • 2015-10-03 “Results from the New Horizons Mission,” Northeastern regional AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) Meeting, Paramus, New Jersey.  [Conference]

  • 2015-07-31 “Frontier Exploration: NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reaches the Pluto System in July 2015,” Project ASTRO, High School and Community College Science Teachers, Baltimore, Maryland [STEM]

  • 2015-04-28 “New Horizons Mission Status,” NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland [Seminar]
  • 2015-04-18 “New Horizons,” University of Colorado Astronomy Days/Interactive Planetarium Display, Boulder, Colorado [General Audience]
  • 2015-03-11 Science Fair Judge, Thornton Middle School, Thornton, CO [STEM]
  • 2015-03-03 “Configurable Aperture Space Telescope,” Early Stage Technology Workshop-Astrophysics & Heliophysics, Arlington, Virginia [Conference]


  • 2014-12-22 “The Science of New Horizons,” Mount Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, Australia [Seminar]
  • 2014-12-04 High School AP Chemistry Classroom lectures on Pluto Ice Chemistry, Brighton, Colorado [STEM]
  • 2014-07-09 “The Science of New Horizons,” Northrop Grumman, Latham, Maryland [Seminar]
  • 2014-06-09 “My life in science research,” P. Hillyer’s 7th Grade, Matawan Aberdeen Middle School, New Jersey [STEM]

  • 2014-04-11 Public talk on the New Horizons Mission (pre-flyby) to 250 students and general public at Aurora Community College [General Audience]
  • 2014-03-13 “New Horizons Science Payload,” Part of undergraduate class at University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida  [STEM]
  • 2014-01-08 “Microgravity Science Applications,” Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado [Seminar]


  • 2013-11-21 “Value of Documentation,” Part of a Technical Writing class at University of Maryland, College Park [STEM]


  • 2012-12-02 “Lunar Volatiles Science, LCROSS, RESOLVE & Others, The story continues,” Brighton High School, Brighton, Colorado, Chemistry AP Students [STEM] 


  • 2011-02-28 ““Box of Rocks” : An experiment to study to evolution of regolith blocks in microgravity” and “Southwest Research Universal Imaging System (SWUIS) for astronomy and aeronomical observations from suborbital space vehicles,” Next Generation Suborbital Conference, Orlando, Florida [Conference]


  • Presenter American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County sponsored “Tech Time Science Club for Girls,” a Monday evening 2-hour workshop series focusing on hands-on activities for a group of 30-40 Girl Scouts, grades 4-6. My workshops have been: 2004 & 2006 “Spectroscopy: Fingerprints of Light.” 2005 & 2007 “Infrared Light: More than Your Eyes Can See.” 2009 “Impact Crater Formation on the Moon” and 2010 “Engineering Design Practices at NASA.” [STEM]


  • 2010-09-18 International Observer the Moon Night (InOMN) in Boulder, CO; Interactive LCROSS/LRO video presentation, hands-on activities, adults and kids [STEM]
  • 2010-07-21 “LCROSS and Future Directions for Lunar Research,” Lunar Science Forum, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California [Conference]
  • 2010-02-19 “LCROSS: the lunar hitch-hiker that made an impact (literally!) on how we view our Moon and its science secrets.” NASA Speakers Bureau, Sacramento Astronomy Club, Sacramento, California [General Audience]
  • 2010-02-18 Career Day, King’s Academy, Sunnyvale, California [STEM]
  • 2010-02-10 “LCROSS Mission Results,” Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado [Seminar]
  • 2010-01-20 “LCROSS Mission Results,” University of California, Santa Cruz, Geology & Planetary Science Seminar Series [Seminar]


  • 2009-07-15 Girl Scout tour through NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California [STEM]
  • 2009-07-17 “Astronomy & Powers of Ten,” NASA Speakers Bureau Millbrae Summer School Program, Millbrae, California [STEM]
  • 2009-07-19 Moonfest volunteer, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California [STEM]
  • 2009-07-20 Spoke to the Young Lunar Scientist group at NASA’s Lunar Science Institute Summer Program [STEM]
  • 2009-07-24 “Solar System,” Montessori school, College Ave, Palo Alto [STEM]
  • 2009-09-23 “LCROSS mission”, Luna Philosophie coffee house-style talk, San Francisco, California [General Audience]


  • 2008-12-17 “LCROSS Mission,” John Moores University, Liverpool, England [Seminar]
  • 2008-02-15 “LCROSS Payload”, Astronomer Workshop, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California [Conference]


  • 2007-03-15 “LCROSS Mission,” Presentation to the Italian Space Agency, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California [Seminar]
  • 2007-12-18 “Infrared Astronomy Telescopes in Space,” Presentation to the Missile Defense Agency, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California [Seminar]


  • 2006-06-10  “Ice Chemistry in Quiescent Dark Clouds,” SOFIA lunchtime seminar series, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California [Seminar]
  • 2006-05-20 “Grism Performance for mid-IR (5-40 microns) Spectroscopy,” Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation meeting, Orlando, Florida [Conference]
  • 2006-01-20“Astrobiology and the AstroBiology Explorer,” Planets and Life Seminar Series, University of Texas at Austin [Seminar]


  • 2004-07-22 “Astrobiology, Astrochemistry, and the AstroBiology Explorer,” Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, England [Seminar]
  • 2004-07-28 “Astrobiology, Astrochemistry, and the AstroBiology Explorer,” Astrophysics Research Institute, John Moores University, Liverpool, England [Seminar]


  • 2003-08-04, 2003-09-19 “A Beginner’s Guide to Infrared Astronomy,” “General Astronomy” and “What It is Like to be a NASA Scientist” 5th grade schools California & New Jersey [STEM]
  • 2003-10-21 “Astrobiology, Astrochemistry, and the AstroBiology Explorer (ABE),” NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA [Seminar]


  • 2002-08-24 “Development and Testing of a 1024 x 1024 pixel Si:As IBC Detector for SOFIA-like Applications” and “Large Format Si:As IBC Array Performance for NGST and IR Space Telescope Applications”, SPIE Conference, Waikoloa, Hawaii [Conference]


  • 2001-07-17 Space Camp California presenter “Playing with Cool Space Toys for Space Astronomy,” Space Camp grades 7-8, Mountain View, California [STEM]


  • 2000-03- 09 “Mid-IR Prospects for NGST” and “The Multi-band Imaging Photometer for SIRTF,” NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California [Seminar]


  • 1999-10-01 “An Integrated Science Instrument Module for the Next Generation Space Telescope,” University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado [Seminar]
  • 1999-08-26 “An Integrated Science Instrument Module for the Next Generation Space Telescope,” NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland [Seminar]
  • 1999-04-22 “Recipes for Building Astronomical Instruments,” US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland [STEM]
  • 1999-04-20 “Conceptual Study of the NGST Science Instrument Module” NGST Technology Symposium, Woods Hole, Massachusetts [Conference]
  • 1999-03-20 “OH Suppression Spectroscopy for Large Telescopes,” Steward Observatory Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona [Seminar]
  • 1999-01-06 “Near Infrared Faint Object Spectroscopy,” 193rd American Astronomical Meeting AAS Meeting, Austin, Texas, Thesis Presentation [Conference]
  • Presenter on CCDs, optical telescopes, and general astronomy topics for the National Science Week, Cambridge, UK, through Cambridge University and the Association of Women in Science and Engineering (AWISE) [STEM]