Dr. Stanton (Stan) Martin is the founder and CEO of the Mars Agricultural Research Consortium.  Prior to founding the consortium, Dr. Martin worked at Bayer Crop Sciences, where he served as the lead scientist responsible for Space Based Asset Development, technology development, and digital farming assets in the United States.  He is also the founder of Science Apps, L3C, a low profited limited liability company dedicated to the advancement of Science for the betterment of humanity through the use of mobile technology. A plant pathologist by training, Stan has extensive experience in the areas of crop modeling, remote sensing, and data analytics.  Prior to his involvment with space based development activities, Stan spent a number of years in the genomics space, serving as a bioinformatician for North Carolina State University. During his time at NCSU he co-founded ArrayXpress, Inc.  a microarray services company.  


Dr. Thomas (Tom) George is the CEO and co-founder of SaraniaSat Inc. (2016-), a small company acquiring and processing advanced, high spatial and temporal resolution, Hyperspectral Remote-Sensing Imagery for multiple business verticals. SaraniaSat’s data analytics capabilities include rapid decimation of Hyperspectral “Big Data,” Weak Signal Detection in high Background Clutter environments, and Actionable Information generation through Sensor Fusion.


Dr. Wolfgang Fink is an Associate Professor and the inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair of Microelectronics with joint appointments in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Systems & Industrial Engineering, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, and Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the University of Arizona. He was a Visiting Associate in Physics at Caltech (2001-2016), and held concurrent appointments as Visiting Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California (2005-2014). Dr. Fink is the founder and director of the Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory at Caltech and at the University of Arizona. He was a Senior Researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2000-2009). He obtained a B.S. and M.S. degree in Physics and Physical Chemistry from the University of Göttingen, Germany, and a Ph.D. “summa cum laude” in Theoretical Physics from the University of Tübingen, Germany in 1997. Dr. Fink is an AIMBE Fellow, Senior Member IEEE, UA da Vinci Fellow and ACABI Fellow.