Leadership Team
MASA is managed by an Executive Board led by the President and Vice President and composed of the Chief Engineer, Treasurer, Business Lead, Safety Officer, and the technical subteam leads.
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Theo Rulko
President
Theo Rulko
Theo is currently a junior in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Materials Science & Engineering. As President, his role is to be the outward face of MASA to its sponsors, competitors, and aerospace companies. Additionally, he is a member of MASA Structures, and served as the team's Business Lead last year. He is also involved in the AIAA and the Engineering Honors Program.
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Jack Taliercio
Chief Engineer
Jack Taliercio
Jack Taliercio is currently a junior in Aerospace Engineering. As Chief Engineer, he oversees the development, manufacturing, and testing of the rocket. Two years ago, as ATLO Lead, he led the development of MASA’s new test stand and fill system. He is excited to continue working with the team as they strive to launch the Tangerine Space Machine!
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Administrative Leads
Julia Weiss
Vice President
Julia Weiss
Julia is currently a junior in Aerospace Engineering. As VP, she focuses on helping the President, organizing outreach initiatives, and supporting new members. Additionally, she is part of MASA Structures and Avionics, working on the Thrust Transfer Structure and the GPS system. Julia also is involved in the Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Sigma Gamma Tau, and the Engineering Honors Program.
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Minori Higashiyama
Safety Officer
Minori Higashiyama
Minori is currently a junior in Aerospace Engineering and is from Tokyo, Japan. As Safety Officer, her role is to make sure that team members are educated on the systems they work with and can be safe to make sure that test operations go as smoothly and safely as possible.
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Tommy Woodbury
Business Lead
Tommy Woodbury
Tommy is currently a junior in Aerospace Engineering. As Business Lead, he manages the team that develops and maintains relationships with suppliers, donors, and sponsors to ensure that MASA has the resources it needs to achieve its goal of reaching space. He also is responsible for MASA's branding and external image.
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Akhil Vinod
Treasurer
Akhil Vinod
Akhil is currently a senior in Aerospace Engineering. As Treasurer, he is responsible for planning and maintaining the team budget and carrying out member reimbursements. Akhil is also a member of the MASA Propulsion subteam where he leads the design and testing of the TSM rocket engine injector. He excited for the upcoming manufacturing and testing of the TSM engine that will bring MASA to space!
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Paige Adams
Social Lead
Paige Adams
Paige is a junior in Aerospace Engineering from Nevada. Formerly Safety Officer, her new tasks as Social Lead include creating events that the team uses to bond, relax, and grow, so that everyone can remain passionate in the team's goals and avoid burnout. Paige is also a current member of the ATLO subteam.
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Technical Leads
Edward Tang
Aerodynamics Lead
Edward Tang
Edward is currently a junior in Aerospace Engineering and is from Rochester Hills, Michigan. He joined the team in the beginning of his freshman year at the University of Michigan. As Aerodynamics Lead, he oversees the design and development of the recovery system, find and fin integration, and further development of MASA's in-house 6DOF flight simulator.
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Alfonso Botta-Lopez
ATLO Lead
Alfonso Botta-Lopez
Alfonso is currently a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering. As Assembly, Test, & Launch Operations lead, he is responsible for organizing and operating critical hardware tests as well as planning for the integration and launch of TSM. Last year, he helped with design, construction, and operation of ground support equipment for engine testing.
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Josh Azrin
Avionics Lead
Josh Azrin
Josh is a sophomore in Electrical Engineering from Westchester, NY. In the past, he has worked on board design, board bring-up, and flight system architecture. Outside of MASA, he enjoys playing piano and working out. He is very excited to continue working with MASA towards the goal of launching the Tangerine Space Machine!
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Cameron Crandall
Structures Lead
Cameron Crandall
Cameron is currently a junior in Aerospace Engineering. As Structures Lead, he is in charge of the design and analysis of the rocket body, including the airframe, fuel and oxidizer tanks, and mounting/bracketry. In his spare time he plays basketball and tennis.
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Josh Miller
Propulsion Lead
Josh Miller
Josh is currently a junior in Aerospace Engineering. As Propulsion Lead, he is responsible for everything involving the engine, including its associated thermal and structural challenges. Josh has also lead the design of the injector for the RP-D2 engine.
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Kara Vanderwest
Production Lead
Kara Vanderwest
Kara is currently a senior in Aerospace Engineering. From a young age, she was inspired to take up an engineering role, working with her Dad at his machine shop or practicing welding in an inert atmosphere glovebox. The brave men and women of the space program are role models to Kara and it would be her dream to eventually join them in exploring space!
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Past MASA Leads
Dan Maguire
Aerodynamics Lead
Erin Levesque
Geoff Parkes
ATLO Lead & President
Geoff Parkes
Marion Anderson
Avionics Hardware Lead
Marion Anderson
Aidan Kingwell
Avionics Software Lead
Aidan Kingwell
Akash Pawar
Structures Lead
Akashdeep Pawar
John Letarte
Propulsion Lead
John Letarte
Israa Ali
Vice President
Israa Ali
Peyton Hooker
President & Treasurer
Peyton Hooker
Aleister Lenhardt
Structures Lead
Aleister Lenhardt
Dan Maguire
Aerodynamics Lead
Dan Maguire
Katherine Lerond
President
Katherine Lerond
Alex Davenport
ATLO/Avionics Lead
Alex Davenport
Jared Chin
Safety Officer
Jared Chin
Ethen Daniels
Propulsion Lead
Ethen Daniels
Kat Shipers
Business Lead
Kat Shipers
Cameron Buccellato
Chief Engineer
Cameron Buccellato
Dan Shafer
Aerodynamics Lead
Dan Shafer
Alex Philpott
Treasurer
Alex Philpott
Randall Ticknor
Aerodynamics Lead
Randall Ticknor