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Kepler once wrote to Galileo that there would be those who wouldn’t shrink from the challenge of exploring the heavens. You could say UC’s senior design team’s participation in NASA’s Student Launch Initiative Competition certainly fits that mold.
                     





Chirau
J. Patel
Team Lead

CJ is the Team Lead for the project, and a 5th year aerospace engineering student in the undergraduate program at the University of Cincinnati. His prior work experience includes three rotations with Barnes Aerospace in their Original Manufacturing, Quality in Original Manufacturing, and Repair Manufacturing departments. His fourth and fifth rotations were completed in Germany at the German Aerospace Center in Bremen, writing a thesis focusing on Extraplanetary Habitat and Greenhouse Air and Water Considerations. He has experience in the areas of Matlab, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Draftsight, and SketchUp. After graduation in April 2017, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in the field of Bioastronautics.

Ryan
A. Bohl
Rocket team member

Ryan is a member of the Rocket Design Team for the project and a fifth year aerospace student in the undergraduate program at the University of Cincinnati. His prior work experience includes two rotations with Meggitt (formerly EDAC Technologies) in the Quality Assurance and Product Design Departments, as well as the machine shop. His third and fourth rotations were spent with Cincinnati Test Systems working in the test lab and producing conceptual drawings for application engineers to include in quotes for test systems. He has experience using MATLAB, Simulink, LabView, SolidWorks, Autodesk, Draftsight, and Sketch Up. After graduation in April of 2017, he plans to pursue a career in the field of space exploration.

Patrick
Davis
Simulations team member, Systems Engineering team member

Patrick is a fifth year senior aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati and will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in May of 2017. Patrick has completed co-op rotations at UC’s Combustion Research Lab where he worked on a heat transfer research project. He has also worked at Cincinnati Test Systems in both the design and manufacturing departments, and Sierra Lobo Inc., where he worked on the fabrication of the CryoCubeTM and a ramrocket research project. Through co-op and schoolwork, Patrick has attained skills in Creo, SolidWorks, MATLAB, POST2.

Paul
Dettra
Media Lead, Systems Engineering team member

Paul is the Systems Engineer and Social Media Lead for the project and a fifth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. Prior work experience includes three years at Sweco Industrial Engineering in the new product development department. He is experienced in MATLAB, Solidworks, and Solidedge.

Samantha
A. Fishwick
Finance Lead, Embedded Electronics team member, Systems Engineering team member

Samantha is a fifth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati and will graduate with her Bachelor’s degree in May 2017. She has worked with TECT Power and Magellan Aerospace Middletown Inc., holding roles in Robotics Engineering, Quality Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Supervision and Marketing. She has experience in the areas of Matlab, AutoCAD, Autodesk, NX Unigraphics, VBA programming, and lean manufacturing methodologies. After graduation in April 2017, she plans to join the Air Force as an officer.

Chase
Hartman
Rocket team member

Chase is a fourth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati and will graduate with a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in May of 2018. Chase has worked with TECT Power and TECT Aerospace, working in integrated business enterprises, quality engineering, design, and operational excellence. Through his experiences he has attained skills in MATLAB, Simulink, and LabView, as well as NX and Unigraphics.

Austin
M. Huck
Embedded Electronics team member

Austin is a senior undergraduate Computer Engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. He completed five semesters of co-op experience at Intelligrated, an automated material handling, conveyor, and sortation solutions company located in Mason, Ohio. At Intelligrated he worked on application and system software in the areas of simulation, device communication, data collection, and configuration. He gained experience with the Agile development process, Visual Studio and .NET, and software testing. From personal projects and hobbies, he has built skills in the areas of embedded systems, woodworking, and hardware troubleshooting and repair. Austin expects to graduate in the spring of 2017.

Justas
Jodele
Embedded Electronics team member, Literature team member, Media team member

Justas is a member of the Embedded Systems and Dynamic Control team and a fifth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. His prior experiences include engineering software and algorithm development on branching non-Newtonian capillary fluid flow balancing at Kinetic Vision, fuzzy logic and learning algorithm based dynamic control development through classes at the University of Cincinnati, and detonation based combustor research in the University of Cincinnati Gas Dynamics and Propulsion Laboratory. He has significant experience in a variety of programming languages (C#, Python, MATLAB, Visual Basic, Fortran)  and software (MATLAB, LabView, SolidWorks, etc.) from various class projects, work assignments, and personal interests. Justas plans to continue his education by researching, publishing, and pursuing a masters and a PhD post Bachelor’s in combustion and/or control systems.

Adam
Johnson
Embedded Electronics Lead

Adam is a fifth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. He is leading the Embedded Systems and Dynamic Control group for this project. Adam has had a broad range of work experience during his undergraduate pursuits. The most recent of which was at Quartus Engineering Inc as an analysis co-op. Here, he performed aerodynamic and structural analysis. He also has experience in various high-level coding languages, signal processing, combustion test engineering, and manufacturing engineering. Adam plans on working in aerospace-focused engineering consulting after college to continue building hard-skills and honing interests before pursuing his masters in the near future.

Brandon
Kunkel
Embedded Electronics team member, Literature team member

Brandon is a fifth year undergraduate aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati, and expects to graduate by May 2017. He worked 12 months in San Diego at an engineering consulting company called ATA Engineering, working on structural FEA and modal testing. He also spent 7 months working in Boston at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on advanced space system concepts, and gained skills in system concept development, optical engineering and rapid prototyping. Brandon is applying to graduate schools for Fall 2017 to continue his career in areas such as include Space Systems Engineering, Optical Engineering and Autonomous Systems.

Joe
Monahan
Team Safety Officer, Finance team member, Literature team member

Joe is the Team Safety Officer for the project and a fifth year aerospace engineering student pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati. His prior work experiences include two semester rotations at EDAC Technologies Aero Components in their Composite Manufacturing and Quality departments. His third and fourth rotations were with the University of Cincinnati Combustion Research Lab where he worked on Burn-Through tests and assisted graduate students with their research. The experience he has gained by working in a laboratory environment and honing his skills with machinery and power tools has given him an advantage when it comes to ensuring team safety. He is set on securing a job before graduating in April of 2017.

Gaurav
Patel
Payload Lead

Gaurav is leading the Payload Design team for the project, and is a fifth year aerospace engineering student in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Finishing up his Bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2017, he hopes to further his education culminating with a Master’s Degree in aerospace engineering or Systems Engineering. His past professional experiences include five semesters in industry sectors ranging from aircraft structures and components, to turbine blade manufacturing, to military/defense product R&D. and in projects involving product design; prototype 2D/3D modeling, and aircraft structures manufacturing and assembly. Applicable skills and hobbies include SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and IDEAS-NX, Matlab, Simulink, UAV (Quadcopter) fabrication and flight, as well as PC building.

Richard
Simmang
Systems Engineering Lead

Richard is a Systems Engineer for the team and a fifth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. He has completed all of his co-op rotations at TAC Engineering, drawing patent illustrations with a focus on surgical equipment. Most of his work was modeling rough sketches into the currently existing architecture for products. The skill set he has developed includes SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and Draftsight.

Harshdeep
Singh
Payload team member

Harshdeep is a fifth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. He has completed two co-op rotations with TECT Aerospace, and two rotations with TECT Power. He worked in the areas of quality, manufacturing, and metrology. Harshdeep has experience in MATLAB, SolidWorks, Rhinoceros, and PC-DMIS.

Alexander
Swearingen
Payload team member

Alex is a Payload design team member and fifth year aerospace engineering undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati. Prior professional experience in the aerospace field includes five semester rotations at Barnes Aerospace in the Quality control, Aftermarket Repair, and Original Equipment Manufacturing departments. He has experience in the use of Matlab, Autocad, Solidworks, Unigraphics, Autodesk Inventor, and Fused Deposition Manufacturing 3D printing. After graduation in April 2017, he plans to pursue a career in the aerospace industry with a focus on design and rapid prototyping, in addition to a graduate degree in the years following graduation.

Jacob
Tharp
Rocket team member

Jacob has co-oped at two different aerospace component-manufacturing companies during his undergraduate education at University of Cincinnati. During these co-ops he worked extensively to design and model complex compressor, fan, and steam turbine blades as well as the three, four, and five axis CNC machine fixtures that hold them. Under his tenure at these companies he has worked with the quality group to identify manufacturing problem-areas on some of the most advanced airfoils in the world. To further his experience he has worked very closely with the final subassemblies of many aerospace structural components used today on the most advanced cargo and passenger aircraft. Currently he performs student research at University of Cincinnati’s Propulsions lab. He joins the University of Cincinnati’s senior rocket design team as a member of the Rocket and Component Design Team.

Matthew
F. Weber
Simulations Lead, Literature team member

Matthew is the Simulation Lead for the project and a fifth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. His previous work includes one semester working at TECT Power, designing and improving fixtures and processes for the manufacturing of turbine engine blades and blisks. His remaining 4 semesters of co-op were at the University of Cincinnati Combustion and Fire Research Lab where he conducted FAA certification fire testing for materials and parts as well as analyzing fuel spray characteristics of nozzle/swirler configurations using laser doppler velocimetry. He has experience with MATLAB, NX, Solidworks, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, LABView, Wolfram Mathematica, and Artium Integrated Management Software (AIMS). After graduation in April 2017, he plans to pursue graduate school in the field of combustion dynamics.

Zachary
Williams
Literature Lead, Payload team member

Zach is a fifth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. He has had the blessing to work at L-3 Fuzing and Ordnance; University of Cincinnati/AFRL APOP, Aero Propulsion Support Inc., Cincinnati Test Systems, and GE Aviation, where he gained invaluable design, test, manufacturing, and implementation skills. Upon expected graduation of May, 2017, Zach plans to focus his career in heat transfer and fluid dynamics. He has experience in Abaqus, Ansys Thermal, Solid Edge, Solid Works, Matlab, and Multisim.

Alex
Zahn
Rocket Lead

Alex is currently a 5th year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. He will graduate with his Bachelor’s in the spring of 2017. He has worked for GE Aviation in mechanical design, thermal design, development assembly, and pilot line development roles. He has also worked for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the thermal design branch supporting Orion MPCV heat shield development. In addition he has worked as a student worker in the UC Gas Dynamics and Propulsion Labs. Alex has experience working with AutoCAD, Solidworks, Siemens NX, Thermal Desktop (SINDA/FLUINT), CHAR, FIAT and ANSYS. He also has experience with coding languages such as Python, Matlab, C++, and Visual Basic.

Sean
M. Platte
Testing and Evaluation Lead, Payload team member

Sean will focus on the payload design of the rocket as a fifth year aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. He spent four semesters gaining project-engineering experience at Meyer Tool Inc. located in Cincinnati, Ohio. After developing process plans for different machining operations, he has a background in quality assurance and project planning. He has taken classes in which he learned Matlab and SolidWorks, and he has learned the basics of HTML, CSS, Java, and Ruby outside of school. He will graduate in the spring of 2017 with his Bachelor’s degree.
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