On a mission to open space to all students.

We're the first Berkeley organization dedicated to promoting NewSpace interests on campus.

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Why We're Here

Prior to NewSpace@Berkeley’s founding, UC Berkeley had no initiative focused on exposing students to space commercialization or the entrepreneurship in space. There was no course—or even a club—about space entrepreneurship & commercialization, and no awareness about recruitment opportunities in NewSpace. We’re here to fix that, and raise awareness about the incredible potential of space for everyone, while lowering the barriers to entry for as many people as we can.

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Meet the Team

NewSpace@Berkeley was founded in Spring 2021. The team now includes the following core members.

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Ishita Suresh

Chief Executive Officer

Nuclear Engineering &
EECS ‘25

Pearl Bhatnagar

Chief Operations Officer

Cognitive Science ‘24

Nicholas Chae

Chief Marketing Officer & Project Manager

Data Science '25

Arvind Vivekanandan

Head of Education & Web Development Lead

EECS & Data Science ‘24

Siddhansh Narang

Head of Events

Aerospace Engineering ‘26

Larielys Nieves Rivera

Business Development Lead

Cognitive Science '26

Hubert Liu

Event Advisor

Mechanical Engineering '24

Snehaa Ganesh

Director of Internal

Physics & Computer Science ‘24

Anuj Kakde

Project Manager

Aerospace Engineering & EECS '26

Rakesh Mehta

Project Manager & Course Instructor

Astrophysics '26

Rishita Khandwala

Policy Project Manager

Nuclear Engineering, Graduate Student

Priscilla Jou

Fellowship Project Manager

Business Administration '24

Laura Mercado

Project Manager

Geophysics '25

Ryan Beam

Head of Policy & Policy Project Manager

Conservation and Resource Studies '24

Isabella Star

Head of Design

Planetary Science & Data Science '25

Chris Joseph

Events Coordinator

Astrophysics '27

Tanvi Batra

Events Coordinator

Physics '26

Alyssa Garcia

Events Coordinator

Applied Math '26

Anthony Gomez-Mier

Events Coordinator

Astrophysics '26

Pranav Meraga

Policy Coordinator

Aerospace Engineering '27

Joe Mattson

Head of Content

Mechanical Engineering '26

Rocka Moragne

Event Coordinator

Cognitive Science '26

Jaime Robles

Head of Finance

Economics ''25

Anant Ayyar

Project Manager

Mechanical Engineering ''25

Anya Pendyala

Director of Fellowship

Business Administration '24


NewSpace@Berkeley is advised by alumni of the program senior members of the founding team.

Maxim Kraft


Economics & Physics ‘23

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Aneesh Goel

Co-founder & Advisor

Economics, Planetary Science Minor ‘23

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Victoria Elfend

Founding Team & Advisor

Political Science, '22

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Whether you’re a company looking to bolster your recruitment or a student looking to break into the space industry, we’re here for you.

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