For over ten years, Brian Enke has researched Mars, lunar, and asteroid science as a Senior Space Research Analyst at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, USA. His research topics include hardware/software integration, artificial intelligence algorithms, simulations, image feature recognition, space mission planning, and the analysis and simplification of complex systems using the Deming Model.
Brian earned his Master's degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University in 1996. Prior to his space science career, he integrated complex telecom systems at Bell Labs for 17 years. A prolific public speaker and radio program guest, he offers his extensive industry experience as a consultant to several public and private organizations including 4Frontiers, the MarsDrive Consortium, and the Mars Society. Brian's home town also honored him recently with the 2012 "Friend of Nederland" award for nearly a decade of volunteer work mentoring high school FIRST Robotics students. At the Mars Society, he led the Mission Support team for several seasons of research at the FMARS and MDRS stations.
In his part-time writing career, Brian authors original space research articles at the Denver Space Industry Examiner. He has written one full-length Mars exploration novel, Shadows of Medusa , and currently ponders the sequel. Brian also has edited numerous stories for other science fiction authors and served as lead editor for a series of educational young-adult short stories from 4Frontiers about family life on the early Martian frontier. Brian has also contributed an article to Mars Exchange which outlined his top-ten list of "The Martian"-inspired lessons for Mars One. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of his article.
"Regarding Mars exploration and settlement, my industry experience has led me to one resounding conclusion: an optimal program begins with a modest private mission with limited budget, goals, and capabilities. Public efforts (NASA, ESA) can best serve a second phase. In a limited private early-mission scenario, societal and economic concerns dwarf the technical issues. I'm looking forward to supporting Mars-One technically so they can keep their focus on the more important issues."