Our Team

Dr. Kierann ShahGeneral Manager

Dr Kierann Shah originally joined the National Space Academy as Regional Project Manager in February 2012 as part of the Academy's national expansion, and took on the role of National Project Manager at the end of February 2013. In December 2016 she was promoted to the role of General Manager, taking over the operational management of the Academy as part of the organisation’s continued development.

As General Manager, Kierann ensures the successful delivery of the Academy’s funded and commercial programmes through its network of Lead Educators and dedicated core team, both in the UK and overseas. It is her responsibility to drive the operation of the Academy forward to meet the vision of the Academy’s Director and key stakeholders.

After completing a first masters degree (MPhys) in physics, Kierann worked at the Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre in Swansea, gaining a research Masters and then a doctorate in Nanotechnology.  Her research was cross-disciplinary, using methodologies grounded in physics and chemistry to look at electrochemically active bacteria for use in nano-devices.

Throughout her postgraduate studies she worked as a private tutor for GCSE and A-Level students in physics, mathematics, and triple science, and as a University Exam Invigilator.  She was also engaged by the University as a support worker providing assistance in both lectures and exams for science and engineering undergraduates with special educational needs or physical disabilities.

Kierann is a member of the Institute of Physics’ Outreach and Public Engagement Advisory Group and also sits on the Advisory Board of the LEAD Curriculum – a project seeking to engage young people with skills for leadership.  She was a governor of Space Studio Banbury, an innovative STEM focussed school (rated Good by Ofsted in 2017), during its set up and first years of operation from 2013 - 2016.

"Spending time with scientists from so many backgrounds working on space related research really is thrilling.  These people are exploring the limits of our knowledge, and hopefully the young people we work with will one day be doing the same.  Who knows where UK space research and technology will be in five or ten years time?"

More about Kierann:

RAL Stargazing events

CBI Conference interview on Audioboom with Space Engineering alumnus Nigel Grainger

National Space Centre guest blog on National Space Academy programmes in China

National Space Centre guest blog on the film Hidden Figures and careers messages

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