Mahhad Nayyer is an Astronautical Engineering graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Presently, he is starting his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University as a Graduate Research Assistant. His work primarily focuses on the broader field of Space Domain Awareness (SDA) and space sustainability.
Mahhad is particularly passionate about assessing the subjective and objective changes that emerging space economies can bring to the global Space Traffic Management (STM) framework and/or best practices. With his background in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master's degree in Space Systems (SSA) from TU Graz, sponsored by ESA, Mahhad brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and ideas that are essential for ensuring space sustainability.
In last two years, Mahhad has been awarded IAF Emerging Space Leader Award, SGAC Nebula Award, and AIAA Ascend Diverse Dozen Award. He is member of several technical and administrative committees for IAF and IAA. Moreover, Mahhad is an active young professional in organizing GNFs and Special Sessions for different IAF Conferences including the IAC.