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.