• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017

  • University of Chicago, Geophysical Sciences, PhD’24

  • Durham University (UK), Geoscience, 2018

  • Host Institution: XPRIZE Foundation

  • Mentor: Chris Stott

Alexandra (Sasha) Warren is a Geophysical Sciences PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, specialising in Planetary Science. She hopes to study the interplay between planetary interiors and atmospheres, and implications for habitability. Sasha traces her love of science and the natural world to her childhood trips to the Natural History Museum in London. After completing her undergraduate degree in Geoscience at Durham University in the UK in 2018, she soon realized that the greatest challenges within the geological sciences are no longer on our own planet but out in our Solar System and beyond. Sasha is also interested in the sustainable development of space resources, particularly the challenges that are likely to come with the exploitation of raw materials from asteroids and other planets.

At Durham University, Sasha received the ScholarshipHub "Money for Books" Scholarship, Earth Sciences BP Departmental Award, Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and Mineralogical Society Student Award. She was also very active in the Art Society and the Astronomical Society, volunteering at "Inspiring Girls in STEM" events and the Durham "Celebrate Science" Fair, assisting with demonstrations on topics from building lunar bases from recycled materials to simulating volcanic eruptions. Now at UChicago, where she has been awarded the McCormick Fellowship for 2018-20, Sasha volunteers with the university film society (Doc Films) and loves making use of her proximity to Chicago's Field Museum and Museum of Science and Industry. 

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Sasha worked at the XPRIZE Foundation, where she developed the Impact Report for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. This report assessed the impact the international competition had the NewSpace industry, and on public engagement with space exploration and STEM since it began in 2007.