Executive Committee

President - Edwin Anderson

Edwin is in his final year of a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering at Monash University.

Edwin’s involvement with the AYAA began by helping organise Aerospace Futures in 2015, which piqued his interest in both the aerospace industry and helping others achieve their dreams. Following this, Edwin took up the Media Manager role in 2016, Vice President in 2017, and as President in 2018 he hopes to continue to spread aerospace engagement to multiple disciplines nationwide.

Vice President - Brock Little

Brock recently graduated from The University of Queensland and is now an aerospace engineer at HeliMods, a high-performance company that designs innovative solutions for rotary wing fleets operating in special missions.
Brock is incredibly enthusiastic about the Australian aviation and aerospace industries. As a result of his interests he has become a strong advocate for STEM outreach. Since commencing his univeristy studies in 2013, Brock has held various voluntary roles across a number of different orgnaisations, including the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

Secretary - Oliver Paxton

Oliver is in his final year of an Integrated Bachelors and Masters degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Queensland (UQ).
Oliver joined the AYAA in 2016 after he started attending the association’s local movie nights, networking nights, and mock interviews. In 2017 Oliver was Treasurer of AYAA QLD, and during this time he helped grow AYAA's presence through event planning and organisation. Within the same year Oliver received the Young Australian Space Leader Award. This allowed him to attend the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and work in the space-law group at the Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Adelaide.

Treasurer - Jayden Inglis

Jayden is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Mechanical & Aerospace, and a Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at the University of Adelaide.
Jayden’s involvement with the AYAA began after attending the 2015 Aerospace Futures conference in Melbourne. He was impressed by the professionalism of the event. This inspired him to go on and become one of the founding members of the South Australian AYAA chapter. In 2016, Jayden was the Chair of the Aerospace Futures conference in Adelaide, which attracted speakers from over 20 different companies and organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

Operations / Projects Manager - Conor MacDonald

Conor is a PhD student in the field of acoustics and vibration engineering at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Adelaide in addition to being an alumni of the International Space University’s Southern Hemishpere-Space Studies Program (SH-SSP).Conor has held previous roles in the AYAA national team for the past two years including roles as Treasurer and South Australian Representative. He was a recipient of the Young Australian Space Leadership award in 2015, and was recently the local team leader of the organising committee for the 2017 Space Generation Congress (SGC) held in Adelaide leading up to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

AYAF Chair - Makenzie Moor

Makenzie is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland (UQ).
Makenzie has been actively involved with the AYAA since 2016. Her interests within the industry were kick started after attending the Aerospace Futures conference in Sydney. Since then, she has enjoyed working upon a number of AYAA’s other events including the Rocket Project and the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum. Additionally, in 2017, she attended the Astronaut Stories and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

Rocket Project Coordinator - Kate Dent

Kate is in her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland (UQ).
After becoming fascinated with STEM subjects in school, Kate attended the AYAF in 2014. This inspired her to undertake further studies at a university level within the Engineering field. During her first three years at UQ, Kate assisted with the AYAF by taking upon the roles of Student Liaison and Event Chair. This year she is the Rocket Project Coordinator.

Systems Administrator - Alwin Wang

Alwin is undertaking his final 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. Both of these conferences affirmed Alwin’s desire to pursue a career in Aerospace industry.

Media Coordinator - Andrew Uscincki

Andrew is a passionate 3rd Year Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Queensland (UQ).
Andrew’s involvement with the AYAA began after he attended the Aerospace Futures conference in 2016. Since then he has attended all of the AYAA’s events, and in 2017 he became the photographer for AYAA’s Queensland committee. In addition, he took upon the role of Brisbane Leader at the 2017 Australian Youth Aerospace Forum. Here he assisted with the Forum’s activities and mentored four high school students throughout the week.

ACT Representative - Christopher Leow

Christopher is in his final year of Engineering at the Australian National University (ANU). He is majoring in Mechanical and Material Systems with a minor in Renewable Energy Systems.
Christopher's involvement with AYAA began at the end of 2017. In 2018 he is stepping into the newly formed ACT Representative role, in addition to becoming the 2018 Aerospace Futures conference Sponsorship Coordinator.

NSW Representative - Olivia Ishac

Olivia is in her 5th year of a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology, at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Olivia’s first encounter with the AYAA occurred in 2016 at the Aerospace Futures coference. Here she met NASA astronaut, Greg Chamitoff, who inspired her to follow her childhood dream of going to space. The following year Olivia attended the Aerospace Futures conference, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), and the AYAA’s Space Week in Canberra. These events collectively led to Olivia taking upon the role of New South Wales Representative for 2018. Her ambition is to grow the Space community in Australia and educate the younger generations about the field.

QLD Representative - Franklin Mudole

Franklin is a Congolese-born, Australian-raised youth. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Mathematics, majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace, at the University of Queensland (UQ).
With his yin-yang mixture of intelligence and humour, Franklin is a character that brings out the best in people. Before completing high school he was the first African male School Captain to receive an outstanding Australian Young-African academic award.

SA Representative - Nathaniel Shearer

Nat is in his fifth year of a Bachelor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Laser Physics and Technology, at the University of Adelaide (UofA).
Nat’s involvement with AYAA began after attending the Aerospace Futures conference in 2015. This lead him to co-founding the South Australian branch of the AYAA and joining the state committee. Midway through 2017, Nat took upon the National role of South Australian Representative. He continues in this position for 2018.