Our Team

Dilan Kaplan

Dilan Kaplan, an alumnus of the ISU Space Studies Program, achieved her Bachelor of Laws in 2014 with The Open University and the College of Law. At the University of Luxembourg, she studied Space Law, Media, and Satellite Communications. Dilan has consulted on different projects involving human space exploration, asteroid mining and ethics behind AI & robotics for medicine in space. She also works with a start-up company in the field of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology as a compliance specialist and a data analyst.

Deniz Aygun

Head of IT
Deniz is a Computer Science graduate from the University of Kent and a specialised backend web developer with over 5 years of experience in the IT sector. With his fascination for all things space and passion to learn and grow, he strives to ensure UKAM has a solid, secure and modern IT infrastructure throughout, as well as actively contributing in business and non-technical matters.

Myles Harris

Head of Research
Myles is a PhD student at UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, in collaboration with Remote Area Risk International and the UK MoD, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. He is researching prolonged field care (also known as healthcare) in remote environments and space. At UKAM, Myles is leading a pilot analogue mission, investigating the provision of interdisciplinary healthcare during deep space exploratory missions that have limited resources, where rapid aeromedical evacuation to Earth is not an option. The findings of this research are contributing to UKAM’s first high-fidelity analogue mission.

Alex Owens

Alex’s background is in space systems engineering after completing a Masters degree at the University of Leicester in 2017, with a Bachelors degree in Astrophysics obtained from Nottingham Trent University in 2015. He also attended the International Space University in 2018 where the idea for UK Analogue Mission arose and the journey to developing missions in the UK began. Alex is also a full-time satellite navigation engineer at GMV NSL.

Evan Cook

Content Creator
Evan is an award-winning author, playwright, and filmmaker, currently working as a content writer and journalist at Design & Data in Cologne, Germany. He holds a master’s degree in space science from the International Space University, a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Surrey, and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and creative writing from the University of South Carolina – Aiken. His interest in analogue missions stems from research and reflection on the benefits and applications of spaceflight.

Quade MacDonald

Fundraising Assistant
Quade graduated from the University of Portland in 2018, studying Political Science and Psychology. His interest in Analogue Missions ties into his belief that space should be accessible to everyone, and that Analogue Missions help to break down barriers to space access. UKAM’s goals of using Analogue Missions to inspire and advance STEM is something for which Quade holds great passion. He assists with the fundraising aspects of the mission.

Thom Clark

Thom (or Charlie) recently graduated from an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University. He undertook a BSc in Aerospace engineering at the University of the West of England, graduating in 2015. In the summer of 2018, he also participated in the ISU Space Studies Program in the Netherlands. His ambitions for UKAM are to bring the UK into the web of nations contributing to human spaceflight research and provide opportunities for students to get involved with that portion of the space industry.

Joshua Finn

IT Assistant
Josh is an MSc student studying space exploration at the University of Leicester. He recently graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Aerospace engineering, which he tailored towards aerodynamics of supersonic and hypersonic craft. He hopes to apply this knowledge towards rocketry and re-entry vehicles in the future. He is currently involved in mission planning as well as helping with site maintenance.
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