Patrick L. Beatty is a reporter for the Space Show and recent announcer for Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge at the 2007 X-Prize Cup. In addition, Patrick, MAS, MFE, is a financial engineer working to fix the credit crunch at Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association), the ninth largest business in the world, located in Washington DC. Fannie Mae exists to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market. His previous positions include research on Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) at Salomon Smith Barney, S&P 500 stock timing analysis at Mellon Bank, credit risk economic capital research and implementation at Bank of America. His entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding, raising over $1 million, and creating the business plan and strategy for an internet media company that was recently featured in the Wall St Journal and won the DemoGod competition. In addition, he has also written the business plan and strategy for a small aerospace startup that resulted in buyout by a large investor. He is a former PhD student at the Wharton and Hass business schools in accounting and finance, respectively. His research included disclosure, CEO compensation, and market micro-structure. In addition, he has degrees in mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, and financial engineering as well as research experience in infrared spectroscopy of comets. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a graduate of the International Space University. His other interests include martial arts, soccer, dancing, singing, and travel.
David Shiga is a reporter for New Scientist Space, the astronomy and space news section of the website of New Scientist magazine. He is based at New Scientistís Boston office and among other things has reported on dark energy, the Mars rovers, and the emerging personal spaceflight industry.