Alex MacDonald, Research Scientist
Areas of Interest:
The economics of space development, economic history of space exploration, and the financing, management and systems engineering of small spacecraft.
D.Phil, Economic History, University of Oxford, UK
Alex is a research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University and is serving as the first-ever research economist at NASA Ames Research Center. He is also a Clarendon Scholar and a D.Phil candidate at the University of Oxford for his dissertation “The Remote Space Age: An Economic History of Space Exploration from Galileo to Gagarin”. He is one of the inaugural TED Senior Fellows and has been involved with a number of spacecraft projects including small satellite designs for coral reef health mapping, earthquake early-detection, micro-satellite communications constellations, and asteroid rendezvous.