Dr Iya Whiteley is a Space Psychologist and Cognitive Engineer. Trained as a Clinical Psychologist and Human Machine Interface designer, she designs both equipment and training programmes to improve the performance of highly trained professionals, including military pilots, astronauts, cosmonauts and surgeons.
Iya worked at the European Astronaut Centre (European Space Agency) in Cologne, Germany and collaborates with NASA and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia.
Since having her own children, Iya now also designs visual books for babies to tap into their developmental potential and gives them the best possible start on our unique planet Earth.
Iya is a public speaker for TV, radio and science programmes. Recently, she was the Space Psychologist demonstrating astronaut selection on the BBC Science TV series: BBC Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? with Canadian Astronaut and ISS Commander Chris Hadfield and Dr Kevin Fong.
Dr Graham Whiteley trained as a Design Engineer. He is a robotics designer and inventor. Graham devises new concepts and realises them using state of the art mechanical and electrical engineering.
Graham designed the world’s first five-fingered prosthetic hand which is now worn by thousands of people, making their everyday quality of life that little bit better. The hand won the Da Vinci award and was named one of the top inventions of 2008 by Time Magazine. He has also designed the Schunk SVH, the world’s first serially produced anthropomorphic robot hand.
Iya and Graham's priorities are making the world a better place for their children, so that our children on Earth may realise their full potential and continue to explore our wondrous universe and keep uncovering its secrets.