Student Leadership Advisory Board Members Include:

Morgan Irons 

Morgan Irons is a recent Duke University graduate with a double major with honors in environmental science and biology, a chemistry minor, and a pre-medicine emphasis. Her research review on closed ecological systems (CES’s) led to the development of a new patent pending CES model, the Three-Zone Model, and the founding of Deep Space Ecology. At Duke University’s Research Greenhouses, Morgan has performed research growing plants in Mars regolith simulant to better learn how plants will grow on Mars. Morgan plans on continuing her education to receive a Ph.D and M.D. in astro-ecology and space medicine before entering the astronaut program.

Danny_Jaques_the_mars_generation_ssaDanny Jaques – (Professional)

Danny R. Jaques was raised on a 960-acre farm/ranch near Ignacio, Colorado. At an early age, he acquired the love of reading and would escape the bounds of Earth in the pages of science fiction books. After receiving a degree in biology from Fort Lewis College in 1983, he landed a junior high science teaching position in his home town of Ignacio. In 1992 Jaques toured Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and subsequently has fundraised and brought hundreds of students to Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. Jaques retired from Colorado schools in 2015. Since then, he has earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Change from Fielding Graduate University and is currently working for Mesa Alta Junior High School in Bloomfield, New Mexico as an Instructional Resource and Data Specialist. Jaques is a member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame and continues to take students to Space/Aviation Challenge.


Aaron Shepard – (Student)

Aaron Shepard is a student at Clemson University pursuing his Master’s degree in electrical engineering. His research, funded by NASA, focuses on the design and development of robots for use in outer space. He aspires to become a robotics engineer and hopefully a real-life astronaut! Aaron is passionate about advocating for space exploration and STEM, especially to students who are historically underrepresented in those fields. Outside of space and STEM, he loves tinkering in his workroom, running, salsa dancing with his wife, video games, and scuba diving!