Research Scientist, Space Enabled Research Group
MIT Media Lab
ASCENDx Summit 17 September: Designing for Sustainability on Earth and in Space
Dr. Katlyn Turner is a Research Scientist within the Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow of the “Research to Policy Engagement” Initiative of the MIT Technology Policy Program. In these roles, her primary research includes work on inclusive innovation practices, and on principles of anti-racist technology design. She additionally mentors students, works on proposal writing efforts, and helps to communicate the team’s work. Dr. Turner earned her PhD in Geological Sciences from Stanford University, where she researched novel nuclear waste forms. From 2017-2019, Katlyn was a postdoctoral fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom & the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, where she researched environmental and socio-political impacts of nuclear energy. Dr. Turner additionally holds an M.S. in Earth & Environmental Sciences from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Turner is passionate about issues of diversity, justice, inclusion, and accessibility within society– particularly in higher education and within STEM employment sectors.
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