The Astra Program

Meet The Team

Astra is spearheaded by an interdisciplinary team of capable youth leaders and young professionals.

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Meaghan Munro

Program Director

Meaghan Munro is studying a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. She is passionate about Aerospace because it presents both complex engineering challenges but also because it is such a multi-disciplinary space. Meaghan was previously the Aerospace Futures chair for 2019 and is a strong member of the AYAA community. Meaghan is passionate about equipping people with space literacy, and providing opportunities for the broader Aerospace community to come together.

Daniel Jackson

program DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Daniel Jackson is studying a Bachelor of Laws(Honours)/Bachelor of Arts degree with a Diploma in French Studies at Monash University. His enthusiasm for space originates from watching space launches as a child which has developed into a keen interest in space law and policy. This is also Daniel’s first role with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association. He is excited to demonstrate the role that the law has to play in creating a viable space industry in Australia.

Emily Painter

Communications Manager

Emily Painter is studying Science Advanced – Global Challenges at Monash University specialising in psychology and computer science. Her interest in space derives from a passion for societal and planetary risk mitigation, as well as futurism and technological progress. Emily is a generalist who enjoys bringing creativity and design to ambitious ‘for-good’ teams and endeavours. She also teaches kids to code, and recently interned with Responsible Technology Australia.

Priya Singh-Kaushal

Program manager

Priya Singh is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Science at Monash University, majoring in International Relations and Geographical Sciences.

She is interested in human security, the political economy of climate change, and the geopolitics of the aerospace industry. She is passionate about bridging the gap between the physical and social sciences to explore our understanding of how the world works, and how it can be better.

Quynh-Anh Duong

Teams Manager

Quynh Duong is currently studying Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering/Bachelor of Laws at Monash University. She is passionate about discovering new things and endeavours to motivate others to be the same. Quynh has a fierce commitment to learning and has a particular dedication toward space-related topics, making this venture in the Astra Program especially significant for her. True to her passion for leading and encouraging others, she is an instructor for the junior class at a martial arts company. Quynh hopes to someday find a career which combines all of her interests and passions into one. 

Jessica Baker

Communications coordinator

Jessica Baker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community Archaeology Theory from Monash University and is completing a Graduate Diploma of Communication at Deakin. She joined the inaugural year of the Astra Program as a participant after being introduced to Space Archaeology and developing an interest in the connection between space exploration and culture. Jessica is passionate about interdisciplinary cooperation and encouraging inclusive, creative, and accessible information channels for the industry and public.

Nathan Eirth

Communications Coordinator

Nathan Eirth is studying Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering at University of new South Wales. He is passionate about all things space-related, especially space vehicles and astronomy. He has a keen eye on the future of the Australian aerospace industry, and is passionate about bringing attention to this ever-evolving and important sector. One day, Nathan is hoping to work on innovative space vehicle design. 

Amelia Holmes

Program Coordinator

Amelia Holmes is studying a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Amelia’s passion for space developed from a love of sci-fi books and movies growing up, and is interested in how space missions can be used in unconventional ways to improve our quality of life. As well as this, Amelia is passionate about creating equal opportunities for female-identifying people and marginalised groups and hopes to encourage people of all backgrounds to find a safe space in the face of adversity. 

Shannon McGarry

Program Coordinator

Shannon McGarry is studying a Bachelor of International Relations and Law (Honours) at the Australian National University. 

Shannon has always been fascinated by space, which has developed into a deeper interest on space law, policy and the geopolitics of space, as well as an interest Australia’s growing aerospace capabilities and the multidisciplinary challenges this presents. Outside of space, she is also interested in Middle Eastern politics, having studied Arabic during university and spent time at the Middle East University in Jordan. She is currently interning in the Lowy Institute’s West Asia Program and was formerly the Middle East and North Africa Fellow with Young Australians in International Affairs.

Jae Lee

Program Coordinator

I am studying a Bachelor of Law and Commerce degree at Monash University with a major in Finance and background in Commercial Law. AYAA and their diverse team of talented young professionals and inspired me to help bridge the gap between the Aerospace industry and individuals with non-STEM backgrounds.

My curiosity about the extra-terrestrial was sparked by Sci-Fi movies growing up, which has morphed into an interest Space Law and the role of policy makers in developing a strong legal framework to make way for emerging technologies to tackle global problems.