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Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics

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About Us

Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WAA, part of WoAA) at the University of Michigan 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 senior 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: 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."


Internal Vice President: Kavya Saravanan

Kavya is a senior 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: Zoey Shearer

Zoey is a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. She's always been passionate about encouraging more young women and minorities to get into STEM, and has done a lot of programs encouraging DEI in engineering. In her free time she likes to read, play space-related video games like Kerbal Space Program, and play on intramural sports teams. Her favorite part of WAA is the sense of community.


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 junior 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, skis, reads, and spends time with family and friends.


Public Relations: Sam Sharma

Sam is a Master's student studying Space Systems Engineering. She manages this website, social media, publicity, and advertisement. In the past, Sam has interned with SSAI/NASA GSFC and was the Chief Science Officer for the MiTEE cubesat mission. Sam is training to get her private pilot's licence, enjoys swim, and dancing. Her favorite part of WAA is the community and support network.


Outreach Chair: Monica Khalique

Monica is a current junior 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!


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.

Outreach events

A way to give back to the community! Some examples are mentoring Pioneer High School's Rocketry Team, 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. Sophia Papp at "sepapp@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