Tim151Astronomers Without Borders is pleased to announce the recent addition of Tim DeBenedictis to its Board of Directors. Tim’s passion for astronomy has been evident since he began writing astronomy software during his high school days, followed by his 1993 graduation from MIT with a degree in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science. Although Tim started his career focused on engineering and technology during the “dot com era,” he turned his eyes back to the stars as product architect for Carina Software from 2004 through 2010, where he oversaw the development of the Voyager Astronomy software. Tim was also one of the two principal designers behind the award-winning SkyVoyager iPhone app. In 2009 Tim founded Southern Stars, producer of the very popular SkySafari astronomy apps that include both planetarium programs and integrated telescope control using remote devices.

Tim recently completed a KickStarter crowd-funded project called “Sky Cube: The First Satellite Launched By You.” More than 2700 backers signed on to become Team SkyCube and launch a nano-satellite that will let contributors take Earth images and Tweet from space. Tim believes the space exploration experience can be shared by everyone. In his spare time, Tim enjoys cycling, backpacking, skiing and sailing on the San Francisco Bay.