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Learn about our first international chapter below!


Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics India, is the first international chapter of WoAA .We aim to create a community that promotes equality within the space industry for people from all genders, backgrounds and space related fields. WoAA India first started as an idea in August 2020 and had its Kick-off event on the 3rd of October with a fantastic panel of Women from various STEM fields, over 65+ attendees and almost 40 active volunteers.
The team and organisation has only grown from strength to strength by organising multiple networking events, professional development and outreach events.
The India chapter will focus heavily on undergraduate and graduate students by providing them a community they can reach out to, a platform for professional development opportunities and eventually be a bridge between the industry, research labs within the country and students studying in India. In no way do we wish to be limited by gender,economic background or citizenship and wish to build an international environment for students and young professionals in India.

Meet The Team

Rika (Sagarika) is a 3rd year undergraduate student in India pursuing an engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from RNSIT Bangalore. She is a Research Fellow at  the Center for Fundamental Research and Creative Education Bangalore.

At WoAA India, she aims to bridge the gap between scientists,engineers and students to create an inclusive space for all genders in aeronautics and astronautics

Alka is an MS student at Stanford University in the Aero/Astro department. She hopes to do her PhD in Space Electric Propulsion. At her alma mater, Virginia Tech, She founded a WOAA chapter and has always been motivated to increase representation of all minorities in STEM. At WOAA India, Alka hopes to create a professional network that can increase awareness about the industry among Indian students.

Yashica is a PhD student at CU Boulder focusing in Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation. She grew up in India, and received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in May 2018 and her M.S. from CU in May 2020. At WoAA India she wants to promote space education among the Indian youth and improve the higher education available to students in this field.

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Sagarika Rao Valluri

Founder, WOAA India

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Alka Panda

Promotions and Outreach Lead



Yashica Khatri

Design and Content Lead



Nandini Singh

Events and Technical Support Lead

Nandini is an aerospace enthusiast. She has graduated from Jain University-IIAEM, Bangalore as an Aerospace engineer and will be starting her Master's in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, UK in 2021.Her vision for WoAA India is to reach out to a group of like minded people who can come together and be a part of a larger community.

Our working groups



The working group decides the structure of the events, flow during the main event, roles of volunteers participating during these events and some potential ideas. We work with our guests and decide on the structures of our events and come up with networking events that work for the Indian demographic.



This team has 2 goals: promotion and outreach for upcoming events through social media and newsletters;  overall outreach of WoAA India and our collaborations with other organisations. We also maintain regular contact with our members through a telegram group by sharing opprotunities and hosting weekly trivia.



The working group is dedicated to working with volunteers to design and create the posters, post and flyers for the upcoming events, social media etc. Weekly meetings decide the theme of our events and also the design of general outreach posts. The volunteers also help out with content and write ups to go with the posts.


Interested in Joining a Working Group?

WoAA India is looking for dedicated volunteers to help create an inclusive and vibrant community of space enthusiasts! If you feel you have the time and resources to help WoAA India please fill out our volunteering form below and pick out a group to work with from the three above!

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