Design Team

Senior Team

Alexander Barnett
President

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I would like to develop intelligent systems that will increase human capabilities in space and eliminate climate change. I love to work on all aspects of complex projects, from autonomy and deep learning to fabrication and testing. VADL has been a fantastic experience for me, and I am excited to strengthen my leadership and systems engineering skills this year.

Abbey Carlson
Vehicle Engineer

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a mechanical engineering major with a strong passion for aviation and aerospace design as it pertains to user interaction and reliability. I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of VADL and the long held tradition or excellence and innovation.

Tristan Gilbert
Vice President

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a mechanical engineering student in the final year of a four year, dual MS/BEng program. While my coursework and research are focused on energy storage/conversion and materials science, through VADL, I am pursuing an interest in aerospace engineering while refining my technical and leadership skills.

Jacob Gloudemans
Autonomous Systems Lead

Senior
Computer Engineering

Resume

I am a computer engineering major from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am particularly interested in robotics and artificial intelligence and am excited to work on the many interesting challenges posed by this project. Other interests of mine include environmental conservation, AI safety, sports analytics, and effective altruism.

Benjamin Hsu
Vehicle Electronics Lead

Senior
Biomedical and Electrical Engineering

Resume

I am a Biomedical and Electrical Engineering student with interests in energy storage and aerospace exploration. The opportunity to join VADL has reignited my childhood passion in spaceflight and technology, and I look forward to working in an interdisciplinary environment with some of the brightest engineers of my class.

Ethan James
Payload Engineer

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a Senior mechanical engineering major with a passion for aerospace engineering. Growing up I built countless custom model rockets and competed in TARC and SLI in high school. I look forward to the added challenge and complexity of competing on a collegiate level.

Emre Kanli
Electronics Lead

Senior
Electrical Engineering

Resume

I am an electrical engineering student with minors in computer science and engineering management with a passion for electronics hardware, microelectronics, and embedded systems. From an early age I was fascinated by advancements in scientific research, engineering research, and our civilization. Now I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to pursue my interests, expand my knowledge, and develop systems that will augment human limitations and solve problems.

Tamas Kis
Simulations Lead

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a senior mechanical engineering and mathematics double major with interests in flight dynamics and propulsion. I have been passionate about spaceflight and aviation for as long as I can remember and am excited to be part of this team to further explore aerospace engineering.

Matthew MacDonald
Payload Structures Engineer

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Computer Science with a strong interest in propulsion. As long as I can remember I've been interested in both space exploration as well as commercial flight. I'm extremely excited to be able to pursue my interests and expand my knowledge of Aerospace Engineering.

Sophia Moak
Structures Engineer

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a mechanical engineering student interested in aerospace engineering, specifically propulsion and design in regards to space exploration. The aerospace field is expanding at a rapid rate, and I have always dreamed of taking part in the creative design that sends complex technology into space. I am looking forward to working with the talented VADL team to create an innovative project and learn more about aerospace systems.

Luke Neise
Payload Lead

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a senior mechanical engineering and classics double major with experience and interest in the aerospace field. After graduation, I hope to enroll in aerospace graduate school and go on to contribute to the fields of rocketry, cosmology, and space exploration. VADL is preparing me for this by providing a challenging and truly engaging way to gain experience, knowledge, and skills in aerospace design.

Jonathon Powles
Vehicle Lead, VP

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Adam Smith
Fabrication and Testing Lead

Senior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a mechanical engineering student minoring in computer science with an interest in aerospace engineering, particularly in novel flight systems and propulsion. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and skills with the team this year to transform innovative designs into reality.

Underclassmen

Ryan Burinescu
Junior ME

Junior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a junior mechanical engineering student minoring in scientific computing and materials science. It has always been a dream of mine to contribute to space exploration efforts, and I am truly excited to work with this exceptionally talented VADL team. I look forward to further developing my engineering skills and applying my problem solving abilities to real-world aerospace challenges with the dedicated members of this organization.

Jeff Cui
Junior ME

Junior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a mechanical engineering student with an interest in materials science as it pertains to the design and fabrication of aerospace components. Joining VADL has helped me cultivate the passion in aerospace engineering that I developed while participating in TARC and SL at the high school level. I am excited to continue pursuing my interests by working with other dedicated engineering students on a demanding project.

Jonathan Marchineck
Junior ME

Junior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a mechanical engineering student passionate about the design and autonomy of electromechanical systems as they pertain to spaceflight and space exploration. I look forward to working with the distinguished VADL team to develop innovative solutions that have impactful applications in the world around us.

Cameron Schepner
Junior ME

Junior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a junior mechanical engineering major with chemistry and piano performance minors and a passion for aerospace engineering, specifically aerospace design for the purpose of space exploration. I love working on challenging projects that require innovative solutions, and VADL will be a perfect opportunity for me to grow and develop my problem solving ability. I am beyond excited to expand my knowledge and experience in the field of aerospace, and I am thrilled to have the privilege of collaborating with such a devoted group of students.

Alexnader Stephens
Junior ME

Junior
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I love working on projects at the intersection of electrical and mechanical design and VADL is an exciting opportunity to do exactly that. This project also provides an opportunity to strengthen my systems engineering skills while working on a team to overcome interesting challenges relevant to control systems, robotics, and aerospace engineering.

Conrad Jensen
Website Engineer

Second Year
Mechanical Engineering

Resume

I am a first year mechanical engineering student with a zeal for aerospace engineering and space exploration. I am thrilled to be a part of the VADL because no other organization provides the opportunity to work with these astounding engineers on such a fascinating project. I cannot wait to learn how to roll carbon fiber and operate the lathe so that I may assist in building the rocket.

Background Image: NASA, ESA, STScI