After graduating from MIT in 2018 with a degree in aerospace engineering, Annika is now pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the bioastronautics focus. Her work focuses on the design of next generation deep space habitats. She has also done work on hypersonics and dynamic analysis for entry, descent, and landing capabilities. In her free time, she loves to run, cycle, hike, read, and write fiction.
Internal Vice Chair
Sabrina Khan graduated from MIT this spring with majors in Planetary Science and Aerospace Engineering. As Internal Vice Chair, Sabrina works closely with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee to push for representation and equal opportunities throughout the aerospace community. She was a member of the Women in Aerospace Engineering (WAE) at MIT starting in 2016, and joined WoAA in 2020 as an Outreach committee member. Sabrina enjoys travelling, reading and watching The Office in her free time.
External Vice Chair
Harshini Sivakumar serves as WoAA's External Vice Chair. In her current role, she works with the rest of the executive board to manage the organization's finances, including sponsorships, and aid the subcommittees in their events and goals. She started working with WoAA in 2019 at the Georgia Tech Chapter, and formerly served as the 2020-2021 Expansion Subcommittee Chair. She graduated this May with a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, and she will be starting her career as a Spacecraft Operations Engineer at The Boeing Company. In her free time, she loves to bake, travel, and watch TV.
Laura is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan and will continue her education this year as a Masters student in Space Engineering. As Secretary of WoAA, she works to connect volunteers with the international community and organize social media coordination. She began as a member of the Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WAA) at UofM and later joined WoAA in 2018 as a part of the Expansion and later Professional committee. Outside of work and classes, she enjoys exploring the city, taking nature walks, and reading a book with a good cup of coffee.
Expansion Subcommittee Chair
Megha is a third year Electrical and Electronics Engineering student at Vellore Institute of Technology. She is the Chairperson of SEDS-VIT and is interested in orbital mechanics and planetary science. After graduation next year, she wishes to pursue her masters in Space Exploration. In her free time, she likes to read fiction and draw.
Technical Development Chair
Judy is a fourth-year South Korean international student at Purdue University studying aeronautical and astronautical engineering and mathematics. She researches with Purdue's Suborbital Flight Experiment team and is also a math tutor and supplemental instruction leader for the Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Within WoAA, Judy serves as the Chair of Conference Working Group bringing conference opportunities to WoAA members and collaborating with conference entities, including AIAA. With the Purdue WoAA chapter, called Women in Aerospace (WiA), Judy served as the Treasurer and co-organized their Amelia Earhart Summit in March. She is passionate in providing an academic support system for STEM students, working as a tutor for College of Science and a Supplemental Instruction leader for School of Aeronautics & Astronautics. Outside of classes, teaching, and outreach, Judy loves drawing and painting, weightlifting, eating spicy food, and collecting cute cat pictures
Professional Development Chair
Shikha Redhal is a Ph.D. candidate in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India.Her current research focuses on studying the fundamental nature of Rotating Detonation Engine (RDE) propulsion concepts. After her Ph.D, she aims to work in research institutions focusing on space propulsion. Outside of academics, she enjoys hiking, cooking, baking, and painting.
Member Advancement Co-Chair
Spending the past three years in community college at Irvine Valley College as a Computer Science major, Allison found her interests in working in aerospace. She has interned for NASA three times, doing various jobs including software engineering, data analysis, and outreach. She will be transferring to Cal State Fullerton in the Fall. Currently she is an intern at Lockheed Martin Space doing UI/UX design. She enjoys being involved in the community and meeting other people. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, watching shows, and is a huge foodie.
Diversity and Inclusion Co-chair
Abby is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Alabama double majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. On campus, Abby is the president of Alabama's local AIAA Student Branch and Secretary of the local WoAA Chapter. She believes that her combined work with both of these organizations can make a positive impact on the student culture within the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. Abby is also involved in her school rocketry team and is currently the team lead for the aerostructures subsystem of the group's first-generation liquid rocket, Project ARES. She has previous internship experience at Collins Aerospace and Lockheed Martin working on mechanical design for products and structures. Upon graduation in May, Abby is planning to pursue a Masters in Aerospace Engineering focused on space systems design and development. In her free time, Abby enjoys swimming, reading, and watching her favorite football teams: the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Denver Broncos.
Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair
Kaylin is a junior at San Diego State University majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is originally from the Washington D.C. area but spends most of her time on the West Coast for her studies. At school, she is the president and liaison for the local WoAA chapter and involved with student organizations like Women in Science Society and National Society of Black Engineers. She also holds a position on the Department of Aerospace Engineering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. Kaylin is also a Supplemental Instruction Leader for the Principle of Physics course where she leads two peer-assisted learning sessions collaborative and integrate course content and study skills with information gathered from attending all of the class lectures to help students engage in active learning. For the past three years she has held an internship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory working on wireless power beaming applications. After completing her bachelors, Kaylin is planning to pursue a Phd in Aerospace Engineering. When not doing these things you can find Kaylin sipping on an Iced Chai Tea Latte at Starbucks, reading, jamming out to Ariana Grande, or out stargazing with her telescope.
Diversity and Inclusion Co-chair
Rikhi (Rukmini) Roy
Rikhi is a Masters Student at the Aerospace Systems Design Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), majoring in Aerospace Systems Engineering. She is passionate about systems safety, advocating for diversity and inclusion, and the well-being of women in STEM. As a budding Systems Safety Engineer in the Aerospace Industry, she is open to internship opportunities with an emphasis on safety, certification, requirements analysis, or project management. She aspires to make a positive change in aircraft safety through interdisciplinary engineering, collaboration with customers, and space-based solutions. As a third culture kid, she enjoys interviewing women in STEM, and reflecting on productivity, and mindfulness on her blog www.a-balancing-act.com. Through her writing, she aims to strike a balance between the demands of the mind, body, and soul to show up authentically in her endeavors across the Aerospace Industry - as a Systems Engineer, Brooke Owens Fellow, WoAA D&I Chair, AIAA Scholar, and SheLAEDs conference Founder.
Professional & Industry Chair
Bhavi recently joined Planet Labs as an astrodynamics engineer, after graduating with her Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. Prior to that, she graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and a Business minor. Her research focused on designing interplanetary trajectories for outer planets, and currently she works on optimizing the largest earth imaging satellite constellation. As an international student and a woman of color, she is passionate about making space accessible. Outside of aerospace, she loves to paint, read, travel, and spend time with her dog, Comet.
An aerospace engineering sophomore at Georgia Institute of Technology, I am very excited to serve as the WoAA Outreach Chair. While my aerospace journey has just begun, someday, I hope to make significant strides in the field of space exploration or exoplanetary life detection. I am currently a part of a research group that is designing an experiment to detect the evolution of life in extraterrestrial habitats. I am also very involved with the Aerospace Outreach program at Georgia Tech and enjoy making videos for the team. I am always looking for ways to support my fellow classmates by advocating their needs as the Sophomore Class Representative and by organizing mentor programs as the Junior Associate at Sigma Gamma Tau (National Aerospace Honor Society) and like to spend my weekends doing my work as a member of the propulsion team of the Yellow Jacket Space Program. I look forward to implementing my plans as the outreach chair and am eager to hear any suggestions from you!
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