Dr. Ana B. Heller
With more than 20 years of hands-on experience, Dr. Heller is fiercely promoting space technologies for the youth both in Europa and in South America by leading space projects and implementing outreach Israel’s strategies of international collaboration.
Heller is the founder of the Herzliya space laboratory for the youth in Israel, and the promoter of the first generation of Israel Nano satellites DUCHIFAT-1 and DUCHIFAT-2, followed later by DUCHIFAT-3. Duchifat-1 was the first Israel Nano satellite ever launched, and was the second in the world designed by high-school students.
Heller holds a PhD. in Astrophysics from the School of Physics and Astronomy, and a MSc. in Geophysics and Planetary Sciences from the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, both degrees from Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel.
She also graduated as Licentiate in Astronomy, from the School of Geophysics and Astronomy, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina.
Heller academic research included photometry of variable stars, spectroscopy of Quasars, and the study of environmental influences in the evolution of low surface brightness irregular galaxies.
She also was part of the aerospace industry research team for the OFEK and EROS satellites and in TAU for the TAUVEX ultra violet space telescope.
On 2016, Heller was decreed Honorable Citizen by the “Honorable Concejo Deliberante”, Concordia E.R, Argentina, and holds the Recanati-Kop-Rashi Award Entrepreneur Teacher, Israel for 2004.
Currently, Heller also serves as member of the advisory committee of the Adriatic Aerospace Association, and is co-founder and member of the board in Wispace, space professionals’ women association.