Phylis Makurunje is a PhD candidate at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials which is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand. She specializes in ultra-high temperature composites (UHTCs) for rockets and space planes. A passionate public speaker and advocate for space technology applications, Phylis was a Famelab South Africa 2017 finalist and a 2018 Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans listee for her work on aerospace materials. Phylis is excited to be carrying the space applications torch to her home country, Zimbabwe.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Henry has always been fascinated by the stars while growing up as a kid. Henry earned a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Climate Science and holds a Certificate in Project Management. He is the co-founder of AstioTech Enterprise, a tech-based social enterprise that leverages on 3D-Printing technology and local-materials to manufacture affordable amateur Telescopes used to teach and inspire young students in undeserved communities in Nigeria into STEM careers. His ultimate goal is to see that every young person in Africa regardless of social-economic background is empowered with quality and innovative learning tools that will inspire them to dream BIG.
Tara Halt currently works as an Aerospace Analyst at Bryce Space and Technology and lives in the DC Metro area. In her role, she is the performance reporting lead for the Space Technology Mission Directorate and she supports the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program at NASA HQ. Tara also assists with the development of government and commercial proposals for the Bryce business development team.
Tara graduated from George Washington University with a Master's in International Science and Technology Policy with a focus on Space Policy. In 2015, she graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Space Operations. Previously, Tara has interned at NewSpace Global, the FAA Office of Commercial Space, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Tara first became involved with SGAC, when she attended the Space Generation Congress in Jerusalem, Israel. Ever since then, Tara has been an active member of SGAC and served on the organizing teams for Fusion Forum (2016, 2018), and the Space Generation Congress (2016). Tara was recognized as a Future Space Leader Grant Winner in 2016.
Anthony Yuen is a medical doctor with a degree in mechanical and space engineering from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently a pediatric emergency physician and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Prior to medical school, he was the Chair of the 2006 Queensland Youth Aerospace Forum and attended the 2007 Space Station Design Workshop in Sydney. His experiences span areas as diverse as ramjets, global health, artificial hearts and medical simulations. His eventual goal is to develop innovative approaches that encompass medicine, engineering and technology to overcome the challenges of long duration space flight on the human body.
Eric Mwobobia has huge interests in the technology and space sector with a background in Computer Science. He is currently a risk analyst in the telecommunications space. Eric has huge experiences in community, technology and leadership development from his previous initiatives and innovation projects. His key drive is his passion for technology - Internet of Things (IoT) and change making in our generation. His other research interests are in the design, adoption and impact of innovative low-cost appropriate updated tech solutions. Eric supports cross-functional strategic development activities and is fascinated about space applications.