Executive Team

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  

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.


Shawna Pandya  

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).


Brett Bennett  

Brett Bennett is a business manager and human performance researcher with degrees in neuroscience and genetics (U of M-TC) and a certificate in wilderness medicine first response (NOLS). In ongoing work, he studies novel training regimens using EEG-based technologies for application to expeditionary environments and bioastronautics. Brett serves as Business Development Officer for the Association of Spaceflight Professionals.


David Wassell  

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.


Prashant Waghmare  

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. 


Casey Stedman  

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 and HERA analogs, and is a scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM.


Jeska Clark  

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  

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.

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