Space4U Podcast

Space4U Podcast: Erin Macdonald – Tattooed Scottish-American N7 Rebel from Starfleet Academy

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

In this episode:

We meet Dr. Erin Macdonald who holds a PhD in astrophysics and is an internationally recognized space science expert, writer, speaker, and consultant. Erin’s academic research background is in gravitational waves and general relativity, and she currently lives in Los Angeles working as a writer and science consultant for the Star Trek franchise.

In our conversation, Macdonald discusses how pop culture played a major role in inspiring her to pursue a career in science, and how she uses pop culture herself to teach others about the subject. She also gives details on her scientific consulting job with the Star Trek franchise, talks about her roles as a voice actor for video games, and explains her unorthodox professional title.

In discussing her enthusiasm about her role with the Star Trek franchise, Erin says, “It takes a lot for me to, like, not be walking down the street in Star Trek gear, and have someone be like, ‘Oh, I like Star Trek,’ and for me to [not] scream in their face, ‘I WORK FOR STAR TREK!!!’”

To learn more about Erin and her various activities, visit


Transcript: Space4U podcast, Erin Macdonald
Hello. I am Colleen Kiernan with the Space Foundation. And you're listening to the Space4U podcast. Space4U is designed to tell the stories of the amazing people who make today's space exploration possible. Today. We are joined by Erin Macdonald. Dr. Erin Macdonald is an astrophysicist, writing consultant, voice actor,…
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