Food processing tools are the missing link in a sustainable food supply chain for long term space habitation. While there is significant research into crop production in space, there has been very little work on how to cook and process food into delicious and nutritious meals in partial gravity environments. Fluid-mediated cooking in microgravity poses challenges in terms of fluid and thermal management. I designed H0TP0T, a prototype cooking system that leverages capillary forces and specialized geometries to enable liquid-mediated cooking in microgravity. This work is supported by NASA and the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative.

H0TP0T beauty shot
Select publications
Poster, “H0TP0T – Passive Fluid Management for Cooking in Microgravity.” American Society for Gravitational and Space Research annual meeting. Baltimore, MD. November, 2021. [pdf]

Eating Space! [video]
Scope of Work [AMA]

SIRONA (Sustainable Integration of Regenerative Outer-space Nature and Agriculture) is a radical new design for a Martian greenhouse that draws upon principles of biophilic design to provide recreation and restoration to crew members. SIRONA is unique amongst BLSS designs for integrating food preparation capabilities with the crop production system. I contributed elements related to post-harvest processing, kitchen layout, and nutritional analysis.

Select publications
Hava, H., Zhou, H. L., Mehlenbeck, C., et al. (2022) “SIRONA: Sustainable Integration of Regenerative Outer-space Nature and Agriculture. Part 2--Design Development and Projected Performance.” Acta Astronautica. [pdf]

Hava, H., Zhou, H. L., Lombardi, L., et al. “SIRONA: Part 1--Architecture and Technology.” International Conference on Environmental Systems annual meeting. Boston, MA. July, 2019. [pdf]

  • Most Innovative Concept - 2019 NASA BIG Idea Challenge
  • Best Student Paper Award - 2019 AIAA Space Architecture Division
SIRONA rendering

From 2012 to 2017, I was the food scientist at Modernist Cuisine, an R&D-lab/publishing-house in Seattle founded by Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO of Microsoft.

I designed and conducted experiments that established the scientific groundwork for the recipes and techniques covered in our books. I managed a team of research assistants, coordinated experiments with chef colleagues, and collaborated with the editorial team on science communication.

Our work culminated in the publication of Modernist Bread, a 5-volume book on the science and art of bread, in November 2017. It won a James Beard Award and an IACP Award in 2018.

Press for Modernist Bread: NY Times, WSJ, Physics World, The New Yorker, Wired.

Modernist Bread