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About Us

Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WAA) was founded in 2016, and is dedicated to fostering a sense of community where everyone interested in Aerospace can join, improving diversity within the department of aerospace engineering, and helping members build both personal and professional connections in the industry.

You should join WAA if you are interested in:

WAA also hosts an annual Aerospace conference which features amazing talks, wonderful panels, networking, and more! More information can be found on the 2021 Conference page.


Meet the Board for the 2022 calendar year!


President: Maddie Purvis

Maddie is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Space Science Engineering. Her favorite part about WAA is how welcoming and helpful the community is, and she is very excited to plan the 2021 conference. In her free time, she loves to crochet, solve the NYT Daily crossword, and watch movies.


External Vice President: Radhika Khosla

Radhika is a senior studying aerospace engineering. She is very passionate about promoting DEI in aerospace and ensuring all groups have access to the same opportunities, and she loves that WAA provides an outlet through which to achieve these goals. In her free time she likes to find new music to listen to, do her nails, and spend time with her friends.


Internal Vice President: Kavya Saravanan

Kavya is a sophomore studying Aerospace engineering. Engaging and supporting minorities in the Aerospace Industry is a cause she is very passionate about, and she is very excited about the opportunities that WAA presents to support this mission. In her free time, she loves re-reading Harry Potter (as well as many many other books) , making Spotify playlists for her every mood, cheering on the Michigan Basketball Team, and spending time with her friends!


Membership Officer: Sophia Papp

Sophia is sophomore studying aerospace engineering and computer science. She is also involved in Kappa Delta sorority, Hellenic Student Association and MASA. She is passionate about mentoring girls in STEM through my involvement in working with the Girl Scouts, tutoring students, and encouraging girls at Michigan to support each other's goals. "In my free time, I enjoy going on walks around Ann Arbor and watching my favorite shows."


Co-Conference Chair: Suri Lee

Suri is currently a Sophomore in Aerospace Engineering. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and developing healthy work cultures, which she will promote through the Women in Aerospace Conference. Her favorite thing about WAA is the inclusive community, and in her free time Suri enjoys playing volleyball, going on spontaneous adventures, and hanging out with her roommates.


Co-Conference Chair: Zoe Pizzuti

Zoe is a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering with a minor in German. She is very excited to foster diversity and support underrepresented groups in aerospace through WAA’s annual Women in Aerospace Conference. Outside of class she skates with Michigan’s intercollegiate figure skating team, skateboards, reads, and spends time with family and friends.


Public Relations: Sam Sharma

Sam is a senior studying Aerospace Engineering double minoring in MDP and Electrical Engineering. She manages this website, social media, publicity, and advertisement. This summer, Sam is interning with SSAI/NASA GSFC. Outside of work, schoolwork, and WAA, Sam enjoys origami, hanging out with her family and friends, and dancing. Her favorite part of WAA is the community and support network.


Outreach Chair: Monica Khalique

Monica is a current sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering on the astronautics track with a minor in Space Science Engineering. She’s very passionate about advocating for women/other underrepresented groups within the aerospace industry. Outside of school, Monica enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, and playing the piano.


Treasurer: Alyssa Taylor

Alyssa is a sophomore studying Computer Science, and is interested in the Aerospace applications of Computer Science. This summer, she will be interning at Ford Motor Company. Outside of school, she loves to read, crochet, and spend time with family and friends. She is really interested in outreach and being able to show other women and girls about opportunities in STEM. "I love how I can do this with WAA!"


Mentorship Chair: Natalie Hazapis

Natalie Hazapis is a sophomore from Cleveland, OH. Her favorite part of WAA is getting to meet and hang out with other awesome women in the department. Outside of WAA, she serves as Initiates Chair for SGT. Natalie's hobbies include dance - she is a member of Cadence Dance Company here - as well as watching movies, cooking, and playing Euchre. A fun fact about Natalie is that she owns 25 pairs of Christmas socks, one for every day of December!


Due to COVID-19, WAA is operating in a hybrid format. Please email waa-officers@umich.edu if you have any questions about our upcoming events. Some of the opportunities we have are listed below.

Breakfast and Breaking Barriers

WAA offers small group, more personalized chats (and food) with industry professionals! If you are interested, please keep up to date and RSVP as spots are limited.

Coffee Chats

This is an opportunity for our members to get to know each other better! We will have you fill out a form and match you with someone else in our database (or if you would like to reach out to a specific person, we can provide their information to you!). Then feel free to organize a time to chat with that person and catch up / ask questions / get to know your fellow WAA members!

Virtual Outreach events

Remote ways to give back to the community are available. Some examples are virtually mentoring Pioneer High School's Rocketry Team, virtual Aerospace Day, and assisting K-12 kids with space-based projects.

Contact Us

For general questions regarding Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Michigan, and the types of events we hold, please feel free to contact our president, Maddie Purvis, at "mpurvis@umich.edu".

For questions regarding corporate sponsorship opportunities, sponsorship packages, and/or the structure of corporate involvement at the Women in Aerospace Conference, please email our External V.P. Radhika Khosla at "radk@umich.edu".

For specific questions or to speak/host a workshop at the conference, please feel free to contact our Conference Co-Chairs, Suri Lee and Zoe Pizzuti, at "waaconference@umich.edu".

For all other inquires, please contact us at