Profiles of Women Working In STEM

Sara Schnadt

Software Systems Architect and Artist

Sara Schnadt is software systems architect, UX designer, and artist. She has been working since 2004 overseeing and designing for large-scale civic data projects alongside her installation art practice. At NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory she is Senior Lead Designer for the Europa Clipper mission, responsible for software human interface design and system architecture for machine learning for science. Before JPL, Sara built the first design team at Planet Labs, an aerospace startup that is imaging the entire earth every day in order to monitor climate change and other planet-scale dynamics in real time. She has also worked at Anaconda researching and designing solutions for a data visualization authoring tool for scientific big data analytics. Other projects include Census Reporter, a data vis interface and exploration tool to help journalists incorporate census data in their work, and OpenElections, an election data access project. Sara’s art practice is informed by her work in civic technology infrastructure development, which is an ongoing research resource, and drives her interest in the cultural impacts of technology innovation. Sara’s installation art has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as MCA Chicago, Perform Chinatown, LA, MOCAD Detroit, Free Manifesta, and the Busan Biennial.

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