Heather Hava

Heather Hava

Heather Hava

PhD Student, University of Colorado Boulder
CEO, Stellar Synergetics

Heather Hava is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences program with an emphasis in Bioastronautics at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received a 2012 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship for her research (“Improving Habitability, Mood & Diet through Bioregenerative Food Systems”) and a 2016 Lemelson-MIT “Eat-It” Student Prize for her technology that helps create better connections between humans and plants on Earth and in space. Hava’s research focuses on developing plant growth robotics and automation technologies such as SmartPOT and Ag.Q. (A.I. for agriculture) to improve astronauts’ nutritional and psychological health during long-duration space missions. Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLiSS) such as these will be the cornerstone technology for space habitats. Moreover, these inventions and research will increase self-sufficiency, food security, and the restorative benefits of nature for life on Earth as well as for interplanetary destinations. Prior to her graduate studies, Hava worked on the Orion Project with Lockheed Martin as a project/design engineer for four years. In addition to her graduate work, she is an entrepreneur who has two start-up technology companies, Stellar Synergetics and Autoponics, which commercialize her research and innovations for sustainable Earth applications and space exploration.