About Us

The Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA) is a not-for-profit organisation managed by student volunteers and young professionals, who have the objective of promoting education, awareness and involvement in the aerospace industry to young Australians.

AYAA hosts two major annual events, the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) for high school students, and the Aerospace Futures conference (AF) for undergraduate and postgraduate university students. AYAA also operates AeroDesign which facilitates hands on aerospace projects for students and runs local events in each state to further expose students to the aerospace industry and facilitate networking among peers.

President - Imogen Rea

Imogen is a final year student studying a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. Imogen has been heavily involved in the Association since 2011, when she attended the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum in Brisbane. Since then, she has held various positions within the association, including Victorian State Chair in 2014.

Vice President - Edwin Anderson

Edwin is in his penultimate year studying a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University. Edwin joined AYAA in 2015 on the Aerospace Futures organising committee and has since enjoyed positions such as National Media Coordinator and currently holds the positions of Vice President.

Secretary - James Heuston

James is in his final semester of a dual Bachelor of Engineering and Science, majoring in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics at The University of Queensland. James’ involvement with the AYAA began after attending Aerospace Futures in Brisbane in 2014, where he met many like minded individuals.

Treasurer - Conor McDonald

Conor graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 and completed the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program run by the International Space University in early 2016. He is in his first year of a PhD program at the University of Adelaide, where he has been awarded a scholarship to undertake research into acoustic metamaterials.

Outreach Role - Brock Little

Brock is in his final year of the Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering, majoring in Mechanical & Aerospace at The University of Queensland. Brock’s involvement with the AYAA began after attending the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) in 2012, where he was inspired to take up leadership positions within the organisation by the leaders of the Forum.

Media Manager - Jessica Orr

Jessica completed her Bachelor of Engineering and Masters of Engineering majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace at the University of Queensland in 2015. She currently works at Boeing Aerostructures Australia in Melbourne.

Systems Administrator - Alwin Wang

Alwin is undertaking his fourth year of his Aerospace Engineering and Commerce double degree at Monash University. In 2015 Alwin attended the Aerospace Futures conference in Melbourne and was fortunate enough to be selected for the Young Australian Space Leaders Scholarship. As part of this scholarship he and four others travelled to Canberra for the Australian Space Research Conference.

QLD Representative - Britt Chambers

Britt is in her 4th year of a Bachelor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Queensland. Britt was inspired to join the AYAA Queensland committee in 2015 after meeting other passionate students at AYAA events. She has held the positions of Queensland Secretary and AYAF Leader, and is the current State Representative for Queensland.

NSW Representative - Ying Luo

Ying is in her 5th year of Bachelor of Engineering and Law majoring in aerospace engineering at the University of Sydney. Ying’s involvement with the AYAA began in 2016, where she was the Aerospace Futures conference chair. This year she is the New South Wales Representative.

VIC Representative - Simon Clifford

Simon is in his fourth year of his Aerospace Engineering and Commerce double Bachelors, which he is undertaking at Monash University. His experiences attending the 2014 Aerospace Futures conference in Brisbane motivated him to pursue an active involvement in the aerospace community and industry, and he subsequently joined AYAA.

TAS Representative - Julian Woods

Julian is currently in his fifth year of a Bachelor of Aerospace and Engineering and Bachelor of Science at Monash University. After attending the 2014 Aerospace Futures conference in Brisbane, Julian joined the conference committee as Delegate Coordinator for the conference committee of 2015.

SA Representative - Thomas Callary

Tom graduated of The University of Adelaide, having completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical & Aerospace) in 2016. He has been an active member within the AYAA since it's Adelaide inception in 2014, holding both the positions of Vicechair and Chair of the state committee since.

AYAF Chair - Kate Dent

Kate is in her third year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) majoring in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Queensland. After being fascinated with science at school she attended AYAF in grade 12, where she was inspired to undertake further study in the aerospace area at university and become involved with the AYAA.