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Dr. Orion Lawlor,, is a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research interests center around In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), with applications both in space and in remote areas on Earth.

He coaches the student team in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition, and has built dozens of mining robots with increasing degrees of autonomy.

He wrote much of the Unity code for the open source Virtual Colony project, which seeks to build an interactive Mars city that works from WebGL to VR: