Kai Stats is an entrepreneur, researcher, and veteran developer of platforms for research and science education. At the University of Arizona Biosphere 2, Kai is the Director of Research for SAM, a Space Analog for the Moon and Mars. He and his team are constructing a hi-fidelity, hermetically sealed Mars habitat analog with greenhouse, living quarters, airlock, pressure suits, and half acre indoor/outdoor Mars yard. In parallel, Kai leads development of SIMOC, a research-grade computer simulation and educational interface hosted by National Geographic that enables citizen scientists to explore the complexity of a human habitat on Mars.
Kai holds an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Capetown, South Africa where he applied machine learning to the mitigation of anthropogenic noise in radio astronomy, worked for three years at LIGO in data analysis, and was for ten years CEO of the renowned Yellow Dog Linux operating system used extensively in the Department of Energy, NASA, and University research across a full spectrum of sciences. Kai is principal designer of the Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory in Tanzania, the first of its kind in East Africa.