AdministratorRachel elevates the management of a rocket science department to an art. She is the gateway to our budgets as the head of fiscal and facilities. And she is streamlining all of processes to make us all work more efficiently.
Assistant to the Chair
Kim holds faculty destinies in her hands as she manages faculty HR and coordinates hiring for faculty, post docs and all academic visiting positions. She is also the portal onto Kristi's calendar.
Academic services & advising
Director, Academic Services
Betsy's goal is to make sure everyone has what they need for a great student experience. Have a question and not sure where to start? Betsy can guide you.
Academic Adviser, Undergraduate Programs
Erica welcomes and encourages questions from prospective and current students regarding admissions, course planning, and degree completion.
Graduate Programs Manager
Paul manages our masters and doctoral programs. He is the perfect blend of competence, comfort and taskmaster to guide our grad students from fact-finding about the department through graduation. Grad students, talk through your plans and quandaries with Paul!
Professional Programs Manager
Susan manages our Masters of Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and certificate programs (more details AUT24!). She’s excited to help you understand the differences in the program options and help you find your best fit!
Computing, labs & facilities
Sean is quickly rising to be the most popular staff member, in charge of our machine shop and partnering with faculty and instructors to provide hands-on classes. He's got mad skills in prototype design and machining.
Sr. Computing Specialist
David makes sure our Zoom is working like we expect and we're streaming to all of the right places. He also manages our hardware and software and supports our research technology.
Asha is an electrical engineer by trade working towards her master's here at UW. As a GSA, she works on junior labs, capstone projects and machine shop trainings. You’ll find her machining prototypes on the clock and designing circuits off the clock!
Colin is an A&A master’s student. As a GSA in the Machine Shop, he trains people on the machines, provides assistance to the junior lab courses, gives tours, and sometimes even wins proposals for brand new equipment. He can teach you how to turn pieces of metal into cutting-edge aerospace technology.
Bennett is the resident student CNC maven in the machine shop. Find him most days creating and advising on lab, student, and course projects. For bonus assistance, show him pictures of cool clouds.
Sonia is an expert grant manager, making sure our faculty are on top of all grant requirements. Let her know when you want to apply for funding to launch research projects, so she can assist you through the process. Once your projects have lifted off, she will help with keeping them powered at high altitudes.
Liz is our friendly neighborhood Grant Manager unless you forget your deadlines. She will search for you high and low as she is that passionate about keeping the gears of fiscal administration running smoothly. Don't forget your deadlines.
Program Operations Specialist
Sometimes our faculty need extra fiscal support for budgets. Khalid is here for them and also handles payroll, travel, academic student HR, and purchasing. Need to purchase a rocket booster or an aircraft widget? Khalid will help you with that.
Budget Fiscal Analyst
Jordan joins our fiscal team to handle payroll, purchasing, and travel!
Communications & outreach
Amy is our resident crusty Philadelphian, but she does get enthusiastic about our research. She writes our department news and features. Go ahead and tell her what you're up to. Beware though: She might give unsolicited advice on using UW colors and fonts.
Community Relations and Communications Specialist
You know all of the faculty awards we've been racking up? Those nominations start with Wanda. And she knows how to communicate our department strengths to deepen our connections to alumni and the community.
JCATI Program Manager
Beth has been extremely successful at running the JCATI program and making sure our legislators understand the benefits to students, faculty, and the aerospace industry in Washington state.
WA Space Grant
Kam manages WA Space Grant’s portfolio of K-12 outreach, internships, and fellowships. She’s here to create a positive learning community, especially for historically underrepresented students. Her favorite topics include equitable education, space exploration trivia, and her dog, Perigee.
Kenn assists with the operations of WA Space Grant. They are the friendly face spreading the word about the awesome opportunities Space Grant offers and getting resources in students’ hands! Have an idea for Space Grant social media? Need tips on how to land a NASA internship? Kenn is the way to go! Fun Fact: Their favorite phrase is “La Vie en Rose” because of his positive outlook on life, but also, EVERYTHING he owns is pink!
Student Events & Program Manager
Catherine supports WA Space Grant students and Aero & Astro affiliated RSOs. She wants to make you feel welcome to this community and help you engage in the amazing resources available. She's here to advocate on your behalf, so don't hesitate to reach out with any questions! Also, she shares an office with Yoda as well as other Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, and unaffiliated trinkets. Come by and check it out!
Plasma & fusion scientist
Research Scientist/Engineer Principal
As if it weren't hard enough to produce fusion reactions, the process can get interrupted and damage equipment. Roger is working on strategies to avoid these disruptions.
Miguel helps oversee operation of the Kirsten Wind Tunnel, prepare the tunnel for tests, and organize instrumentation and equipment. He works side-by-side with the KWT staff and students to ensure the tunnel keeps running and customers get the data they need.
Cara keeps the 3X3 Wind Tunnel spinning and the Kirsten Wind Tunnel functioning like the aeronautical paradise that it is. She supervises the intrepid Wind Tunnel Student Crew and makes sure the data is always streaming, the wind is always blowing, and the aeronautical models are flying high.
Stuart assists with the KWT's operational needs. This includes helping train the student crew, preparing for upcoming wind tunnel tests, and providing the best experience for our customers.
Student workers - Front desk admin & communications
Kavitha is majoring in Visual Communication Design and Anthropology, and loves to find and explore overlap between the two disciplines. Maybe she's studying us in the A&A Department while she's doing graphic design for our socials.
Sarah is an Informatics major with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction. She works at the front desk and would love any new ideas for fun A&A stickers. Come to the office to rant to her about bad design or just to say hi!
Clarice, a Microbiology major, handles front office administration and turned out to be a secret communications weapon. She is so awesome that the communications and fiscal teams are fighting for her time.
Maiah is a real estate major with an interest in anthropology and interior design. She enjoys highlighting student accomplishments on the A&A socials and hopes to create an inviting space for everyone.
Nathalie, a computer science major, loves to do some graphic designs in her free time! That's precisely why we had to hire her. She might understand you if you're talking in "code."