3 September, 2017

The Australian Space Generation Innovators Award enables three outstanding Australian young professionals working within the aerospace industry to attend the 16th Space Generation Congress and the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. The aim of this award is for the recipients to take their experiences back to their local universities, companies and communities in order to enhance the local space industry and foster passions in future generations. The SGAC is grateful to Mr. Ajeet Hansra for making this scholarship possible.


The SGAC receives an outstanding number of high quality applications. Congratulations to all selected awardees of the SGAC 2017 Australian Space Generation Innovators Awards.


Viha Parekh

Viha graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Honours Class I) from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2015. During university, she studied abroad at Purdue University (USA), interned with Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (formally Qantas Defence) and volunteered on the committee of the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum. She completed her undergraduate thesis on the performance of hypersonic ground test facilities with UQ’s Centre for Hypersonics, with the research currently under publication. On graduation, she was named in AIAA’s and Aviation Week’s international “20 Twenties: Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders”. Viha is currently working at Boeing Aerostructures Australia as a Structural Engineer. She is a participant of this year’s IPMC Young Professionals Workshop, and is looking forward to SGC and IAC 2017.

It is an honour for me to receive the runner-up prize for the Australian Space Generation Innovators Award, and am excited to attend SGC and IAC. I look forward to learning from and sharing my ideas with like-minded people on the future of space!


Tim Fist

I'm a 26 year old living and working in Melbourne, Australia. I work as a consultant with a mathematics company, where we feed geospatial data into algorithms to solve business problems in the energy and telecommunications industries. Outside of that, I'm busy building my own company, Pangaea, where we aim to more directly utilize satellite data to make a positive impact on the world. I’m completely fascinated by space, and the intersection of space borne platforms and data science. I believe that these fields will have a profound impact on the way humanity grows and learns in the years to come. In my spare time you'll find me boat-building and rolling in the mud.

“Being able to attend the SGC and IAC is a fantastic opportunity for me to engage with like-minded people in the space industry from across the world, and learn a whole bunch of new things. I want to use this opportunity to grow my company, and help contribute to the future of the Australian space industry.”


Karl Domjahn

Karl Domjahn is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Boeing Defence Australia, working on the interoperability upgrade for the E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft. After graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor/Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Karl was named as the only Australian in the Aviation Week and AIAA's "Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties", an international award recognising the future leaders of the aerospace industry. Key events leading up to this award included undertaking his Master Thesis at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Munich, founding the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) team at UQ and studying on exchange at Purdue University in the USA.

Alongside his work and studies, Karl has a passion for engaging students with industry. Throughout his time at UQ, he was involved as the National Secretary and Queensland Representative of the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, a national volunteer organisation aimed at promoting education, awareness and involvement in the aerospace industry. Karl is passionate about space exploration and empowering the up and coming generations to be involved.

“Receiving this scholarship fills me with a strong sense of pride, that not only is there a growing aerospace industry right here in Australia, but one that is actively fostering the younger generation who are so excited to become involved.”

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