Talking about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the space industry has become more common, which is incredible, since it means change can start to happen in the workplace. The space industry is one of the best work environments to have moved forward in terms of DEI, but we still have a lot of work to do. Questions that come up with members of the space industry include, “How can I be a better ally for women in STEM or people of colour in STEM?”, “How can I make my research group or company a more welcoming and inclusive environment?”, and "How can I make space accessible for everyone?".

To start us on this journey, I speak with Bailey Burns who is an Aerospace Systems Engineer with Paragon Space Development Corporation. Baily’s work focuses on life support and mission operations for spacecrafts and spacesuits. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Space Resources from the Colorado School of Mines. Bailey has her sights set on the Moon and is actively finding new ways to get involved in this endeavor, most recently with HI-SEAS. Bailey was part of a 2-week simulated moon base mission exploring lava tubes in Hawaii with HI-SEAS. She also focuses on STEM outreach with Rubik's cubes using her social media platform to excite others about space, and make space for everyone.

If you would like to learn more about Bailey’s work, you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ninjaneergirl, or you can connect with her on LinkedIn.


Host and creator: Gavin Tolometti

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