Alessondra Springmann has a very long name and is better known as "Sondy". She has a bachelor's in Astrophysics from Wellesley College and a master's in Earth & Planetary Science from MIT. She is currently located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico working at Arecibo Observatory studying asteroids with radar after living in Accra, San Francisco, Tokyo, Boston, Jerusalem, Pasadena, Socorro, and Point Reyes.
Sondy has won awards for teaching and public speaking, bringing complex ideas to wide audiences. She's worked for NASA and JAXA as a researcher, as well as PCWorld as a writer. Her work has taken her to Ghana, Japan, Chile, and the Middle East. In Jerusalem she taught computer science and business skills to Palestinian and Israeli high school students, and in Accra she taught entrepreneurship and mobile app development to university students.
No stranger to working on asteroid data from the perspective of optical lightcurves, infrared spectra, and radar surface properties, Sondy has also studied Saturn's rings, exoplanets, Pluto, the Kuiper Belt, and extragalactic radio sources by way of variety.
In her free time, Sondy also enjoys sailing and hiking, as well as serving on the board for non-profits.