Kent Nebergall became involved with the Mars Society in 2004, when he won the Mars Society’s Kepler Prize to design the Mars Direct Earth Return Vehicle. He has given several convention track talks each year ever since, focusing on new inventions for space settlement, along with gaining a systematic and historical understanding of the human need and ability to do so. Kent is a business analyst in the Chicago suburbs, where he’s worked in over twenty industries. He is also a volunteer speaker for NASA, the The Mars Society, Planetary Resources, and The Chicago Society for Space Studies. Kent served as astronomer for Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 32, commander of Crew 124, and has helped design and build the new MDRS science dome. He is on the Mars Society Steering Committee.