Committee

Senior Leadership

Johnny Dessoulavy

Aerospace Futures Chair

Johnny is the Chair for the Aerospace Futures 2021 conference – coordinating the presentations, activities and conference logistics for the event. He is currently studying an undergraduate aerospace engineering degree at Monash University. Johnny is also a member of a Monash engineering student team, Unmanned Aerial Systems.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

2021 will be my first-time attending Futures. Having heard so many great things about it, my primary interest in it will be engaging with so many like-minded individuals over a shared love of aviation and aerospace.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy reading and will never say no to sitting down and playing board games with mates.

Hannah Vine-Hall

Aerospace Futures Deputy Chair

Hannah is the Aerospace Futures 2021 Deputy Chair. She will be managing the development of Aerospace Futures Online into an ongoing effort, while ensuring that the committee works together and delivers the best possible conference. Hannah is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) with a Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (Maths major) at the University of Adelaide and has worked as a Space Mission Intern at Myriota since the beginning of 2020. After being the Aerospace Futures Presentations Coordinator and being involved in the initial development of Aerospace Futures Online, she is looking forward to using her passion for outreach and the space industry to help organise this year’s conference.
 
What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?
 
After not having a physical conference in 2020, Hannah is extremely excited for this Aerospace Futures 2021. She is particularly looking forward to creating an online platform to allow a larger and more diverse range of people to interact with and benefit from the Aerospace Futures content.
 
What are your hobbies?
 

Learning new things, Cuddling with the dog, Hanging with friends.

External Relations

Elena Menacho-Conn

External Relations Lead

Elena is the External Relations Lead for Aerospace Futures 2021, looking after a portfolio of talented members working on social media outreach, graphic and web design, and the delegate handbook. Elena is currently in her third year of a combined degree of Aeronautical Engineering and Science, majoring in Physics. She hopes to have a career in the space industry and be a part of the growing community of women in STEM.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

I’m super excited to be in the same room as so many passionate, intelligent people, and to experience that energy of everyone having this shared enthusiasm and love for the industry.

What are your hobbies?

I play a lot of computer games and am unashamed of my Minecraft obsession. I play whatever game is trending at a given time too, so right now I play a lot of Among Us.

Durairaj Shyam

Graphics & Web Design Coordinator

Durairaj is the Graphics & Web design Coordinator for the Aerospace Futures 2021 Conference, and as part of the External Relations team will be working to establish a joint theme for the event over physical and digital mediums. Currently in his third year of an Aeronautical Engineering (Honours) degree at The University of Sydney, Durairaj is always on the lookout to get himself involved in aerospace projects with anything ranging from building the Jabiru J160 ultra-light trainer aircraft with uni colleagues, to getting flight training with model piston-prop aircraft and drone systems.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

Thrilled to be a part of the team for 2021 and looking forward to hosting fellow individuals that are passionate about anything and everything related to aerospace!

What are your hobbies?

Love following and playing soccer and cricket or sitting down to read a nice thriller novel.

Neraj Galagedara

Media & Communications Coordinator

Neraj is the Media and Communications coordinator for the Aerospace Futures 2021. He will be managing the marketing and social media for the event and trying to engage with a diverse range of people. He is currently a third year studying aerospace engineering and science at Monash University. Neraj is also a lead in a Monash student engineering team, Monash Human Power.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

I cannot wait for the event and to be able to see everyone in person and to meet likeminded people. Aerospace futures 2021 is looking to be a great event and I cannot wait for that to actually happen.

What are your hobbies?

I would say I am anaphylactic to free time, spending my time either working on projects or reading, I also enjoy skateboarding and going out.

Oscar Ansted

Delegates Coordinator

Oscar is the delegates coordinator for Aerospace Futures 2021, helping connect the aerospace community to the youth leading up to and throughout the conference. Oscar is currently studying aeronautical engineering majoring in space engineering, and physics, at The University of Sydney. He has a passion for the aerospace industry, especially its growth in Australia, and is extremely keen to help promote this to the youth.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

Helping the youth become educated about the industry and getting them involved and excited about the future of the aerospace industry and community.        

What are your hobbies?

Listening to music, going to the beach, hanging with mates.

Strategic Partnerships

Jesse Cilliers

Strategic Partnerships Lead

Jesse is the strategic partnerships lead for the Aerospace Futures 2021 conference; enabling the connection between motivated students and thriving industry. Jesse is an Engineer at Black Sky Aerospace and recently graduated the of the University of Queensland with a bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He’s passionate about aerospace and rocketry and is looking forward to seeing these industries ‘take off’ in Australia.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

Seeing students reach the realisation that their aspirations in aviation and aerospace are now well within their reach.

What are your hobbies?

Paramotor and engine building, playing the guitar and reading.

Ilona Mutuku

Sponsorship Coordinator

Ilona is a Sponsorship Coordinator for Aerospace Futures 2021; she is excited to help create industry and organisational partnerships that will cultivate value for both the delegates and conference partners. She is currently a second year student studying Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University. She is now very interested in anything related to drones and autonomy.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

I am excited to meet my peers in the aerospace/aviation industry and be inspired and motivated right alongside them by all the speakers and activities of the conference.

What are your hobbies?

Skateboarding, any beach activity and reading.

Madeline Gill

Sponsorship Coordinator

Madeline is a sponsorship coordinator for Aerospace Futures 2021 with high hopes for the connections that she can help make between a multitude of different industries and Aerospace Futures. She is a second year university student currently studying a Bachelor of Aviation at Griffith University. She dreams of becoming a commercial pilot, and hopes to use her passion for the industry to bring together an incredible line up for Aerospace Futures 2021. 

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

I am incredibly excited to be back socialising with like-minded young people in an environment highly conducive to building quality connections and relationships with both industry and peers. 

What are your hobbies?

Playing music, flying and being at the beach. 

Justin Ramsay

Sponsorship Coordinator

Justin is one of the Sponsorship coordinators for the Aerospace Futures 2021 conference; helping connect industry and other organisations with Aerospace Futures. He is an RF Engineer at Boeing Defence Australia and a graduate of the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical). Passionate about Aerospace, Manufacturing and Defence; he hopes to see these industries thrive in Australia.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

Seeing young people learn about new opportunities and being inspired to aim higher.

What are your hobbies?

Reading science fiction, playing music and electronics design.

Program Management

Shaun Stitt

Program Lead

Shaun is the Program Lead for Aerospace Futures 2021, taking care of the schedule and activities to make sure the conference is as engaging and enjoyable as possible. Shaun has just finished his 5th and final year of a double degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and will be taking up a Graduate role at Saab Australia in 2021.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

I can’t wait to see the program and activities come together into one cohesive program with something for everyone.

What are your hobbies?

I am an avid soccer player, and also enjoy playing drums.

Emily Cowin

Logistics Coordinator

Emily is the Logistics Coordinator for Aerospace Futures 2021. She will be organising the venues, accommodation and catering to ensure the conference runs successfully. Emily is currently studying aerospace engineering and commerce at Monash University. She is also a member of the Monash High Powered Rocketry team.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

I’m really excited to connect with other like-minded people and learn more about the aerospace industry in Australia.     

What are your hobbies?

Running, swimming, cooking and spending time with friends.

Sebastian Barrientos Penafiel

External Activities Coordinator

Sebastian is the External Activities coordinator for Aerospace Future 2021. His main task will be to organise the downtime events for the conference to make sure everyone can have the best time during the conference. Outside of Aerospace Futures, Sebastian is a Spacecraft and Missions Engineer at Myriota where he works on developing, testing and ensuring Myriota’s satellites run smoothly in orbit. He graduated in 2019 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor and master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with Honours Class I. In the future, he hopes that the skills that he learns over his career will eventually lead him to space as an Astronaut.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

Providing young professional with the ability to enhance their networks and give them the opportunity to lock in industry placements/mentorships/relationship that will aid them in their professional journey

What are your hobbies?

Keeping the veggie garden up and running, cooking a mean charcoal BBQ and spoiling my puppy with love, food and toys.

Taj Wedutenko

Presentation Coordinator

Taj is the Aerospace Futures 2021 Presentations Coordinator. By working with sponsors to deliver inspiring, meaningful presentations, he hopes delegates leave the conference with memories that last
a lifetime. In 2021, Taj will be in his second year of a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering (Space Engineering Major) and Bachelor of Science (Physics Major) at The University of Sydney. After attending the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum in 2019 and working as an Outreach Coordinator for AYAA NSW, he wants to continue pursuing his love of aerospace and applying the skills he has developed to make Futures 2021 the best conference yet!

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

As a student delegate at AYAF 2019, I know just how phenomenal the AYAA flagship events can be – they provide the opportunity to make lifelong connections and meet people in industry. I’m excited at the opportunity to both inspire others in their pursuit of aerospace dreams and meet even more people at what will be a fantastic event.     

What are your hobbies?

I love spending time with friends, keeping up with all things space, and playing sports.

Fergus Charles

Working Groups Coordinator

Fergus is the Working Groups Coordinator for the Aerospace Futures 2021 conference – helping work with industry sponsors to bring to life exciting problems for delegate. Exposing participates to real life problems and team structures one could expect to find in the aerospace industry. Fergus studies Mechatronics Engineering and Commerce at the University of Sydney, majoring in Space and Business Analytics. He is passionate about learning how technology can be utilised to solve the challenges of modern-day business.

What are you most looking forward to in the Aerospace Futures conference 2021?

As I am living in Sydney, I am super keen to learn more about the aerospace industry all around Australia. Being a priority area for the department of industry, and the recent success of many domestic start-ups, the Space industry is one to watch in the future, and something I am excited to be involved in.

What are your hobbies?

I am right into windsurfing, surfing and like cooking.