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.

Ishita Suresh

Chief Executive Officer

Nuclear Engineering & EECS ‘25

Pearl Bhatnagar

Chief Operations Officer

Cognitive Science ‘24

Samantha Lee

Chief Marketing Officer

Operations Research and Management Science (ORMS) ‘ 25

Mishti Das

Head of Policy

Astrophysics & Public Policy ‘24

Siddhansh Narang

Head of Events

Aerospace Engineering ‘26

Arvind Vivekanandan

Head of Education & Web Development Lead

EECS & Data Science ‘24

Hubert Liu

STS Lead

Mechanical Engineering '24

Snehaa Ganesh

Course Coordinator

Physics and Computer Science ‘24

Anuj Kakde

Project Manager

Aerospace Engineering & EECS '26

Rakesh Mehta

Project Manager & Design Lead

Astrophysics '26

Nicholas Chae

Project Manager & Head of Content & Social Media

Data Science '25

Priscilla Jou

Project Manager

Business Administration '24

Rishita Khandwala

Policy Project Manager & Events Coordinator

Nuclear Engineering, Graduate Student


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

Maxim Kraft

Senior Advisor

Economics & Physics ‘23

Aneesh Goel

Co-founder & Advisor

Economics, Planetary Science Minor ‘23

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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