Like our membership, our executive team represents a cross section of a diverse, interdisciplinary, and highly accomplished community that is working to make future milestones in human spaceflight possible.
Michael Gallagher, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated in Space Studies from the International Space University’s class of 2014 in Montreal, Quebec and completed the Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine Short Course at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2015. He also holds a certificate in Advanced SCUBA Diving from NAUI. He serves as President of the Aerospace Medical Association Corporate Forum and as President and Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Spaceflight Professionals.
LIFE SCIENCES TEAM LEAD
Dr. Shawna Pandya is a scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM, physician, aquanaut, speaker, martial artist, advanced diver, skydiver, pilot-in-training, VP Immersive Medicine with Luxsonic Technologies and Fellow of the Explorers’ Club. She holds degrees in neuroscience (BSc Hons. Neuroscience, University of Alberta), space (MSc Space Studies, International Space University), entrepreneurship (Graduate Studies Program, Singularity University) and medicine (MD, University of Alberta), and is completing a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine (Academy of Wilderness Medicine).
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Brett Bennett is an entrepreneur and human performance researcher focusing on bioastronautics and expeditionary leadership. Degrees in neuroscience and genetics inform his ongoing development of advanced training regimens using EEG-based technologies and their application to expeditionary medicine. Brett serves as Business Development Officer for the Association of Spaceflight Professionals.
PHYSICAL SCIENCES TEAM LEAD
David Wassell is a Senior Chemist at a large regional utility in Saskatchewan, Canada. He holds a PhD in Chemistry and an M.Sc. in Process Engineering, was a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. David maintains an interest in resource development, and serves as Physical Science Team Lead for the Association of Spaceflight Professionals.
ENGINEERING & TECH TEAM LEAD
Prashant Waghmare is an assistant professor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is passionate about droplet dynamics, interfacial fluid dynamics research, and reduced gravity research.
MEMBERSHIP & TRAINING OFFICER
Casey Stedman is a navigator and officer in the Air Force Reserve Command. He sits on the Chapters Committee of the National Space Society, has served as a crew member for NASA’s HI-SEAS Mars analog habitat in Hawaii, and participates in spaceflight training with Project PoSSUM.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH OFFICER
Jeska Clark is a graduate researcher at Arizona State University in Ira Fulton School of Engineering. She pursues ongoing study in human performance, medicine, and optimizing decision making in extreme environments. She serves as Education and Outreach Officer for the Association of Spaceflight Professionals.
Troy Cole is a Design and Support Engineer at Boeing Commercial Airlines. He studied Aerospace Science Engineering at Tuskegee University and has participated in Project PoSSUM and as a crew member at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.