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Tyler Valentine

Astronomy

 

Tyler Valentine is a fifth-year senior in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences with minors in Philosophy and Physics. He has been involved in a variety of research during his tenure as a UW student, both on and off campus. The majority of his work would fit under the theme of space science and technology. Tyler’s particular passion lies in the design of space systems for use in extracting resources for extraterrestrial bodies for use in future human space exploration missions; most recently, he has studied methods of extracting water from permafrost and/or ice deposits on the lunar surface.

Beyond academics and research, Tyler is incredibly passionate about science communication and political activism. He is the co-founder and president of a STEM educational outreach organization, the S.P.A.C.E. Ambassadors, and he has also given speeches at the 2017 Seattle March for Science, the 2017 Seattle March for Truth, and the 2018 TEDxUofW Conference. His outreach and engagements have always focused on spreading awareness about the racial oppression that runs rampant through our society and advocating for a rectification of these problems. He hopes to use his various activities as the springboard for a career spent researching new and interesting technologies, all the while continuing to be involved in community outreach and engagement in hopes of inspiring a generation full of Black and Brown scientists and engineers.