Leadership Team
MASA is managed by an all-student 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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Rohun Athalye
President
Rohun Athalye
Rohun (he/him) is a junior studying Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics. His role as President includes managing the team at a high level and serving as a point of contact for sponsors, University administrators, and other external groups. Rohun has previously served as MASA's VP, propellant tanks lead, and has done other technical work on various subteams.
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Hunter Sagerer
Chief Engineer
Hunter Sagerer
Hunter (he/him) is a senior in Aerospace Engineering from New Jersey. As Chief Engineer, he oversees the development, manufacturing, and testing of the rocket on each of the subteams. He also helped the team to develop their custom 6DOF flight simulation software. Previously, Hunter has led the Aerodynamics and Recovery subteam. He's extremely excited to get MASA back to the launchpad!
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Administrative Leads
Tobi Farbstein
Vice President
Tobi Farbstein
Tobi (she/her) is a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering. As VP, Tobi works to support new members, offer general team guidance, assist in administrative duties, and organize outreach events. In addition, Tobi leads components on the Aerodynamics & Recovery subteam as well as other small projects. Tobi aims to make a difference on the team and generally support DEI in the Aerospace community.
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Nate Campbell
Safety Officer
Nate Campbell
Nate (he/him) is a senior in Aerospace Engineering from Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona. As the Safety Officer he is responsible for teaching and enforcing safe practices in all MASA testing and launch operations. Outside of MASA he enjoys long-distance running and playing piano. Nate has previously served as MASA's Propulsion Lead.
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Julie Wu
Business Lead
Julie Wu
Julie (she/her) is a sophomore studying Computer Science from California. As business lead, she negotiates sponsorships and corporate relationships, maintains the team’s social media presence and public relations, and designs team media and merchandise. Additionally, as a member of the Avionics subteam, Julie oversees the development of MASA’s mission control software application.
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Gowrav Mangipudi
Treasurer
Gowrav Mangipudi
Gowrav (he/him) is currently a junior studying aerospace engineering. He is responsible for keeping track of the team's finances as well as assisting with budgets and filing reimbursements. As a member of the propulsion team, he leads the development of the fuel valve for the RP-D2 engine.
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Abhiram Kondur
Social Lead
Abhiram Kondur
Abhiram Kondur (he/him) is currently a senior in Aerospace Engineering. As social lead, he creates/hosts events to promote team bonding, and prevent burnout of members from school and MASA work. In past, he has worked on the aerodynamics subteam working on fin design, recovery testing, and composites.
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Technical Leads
Chris Van Dyke
Aerodynamics & Recovery Lead
Chris Van Dyke
Chris (he/him) is a Junior in Aerospace from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is responsible for overseeing the aerodynamic properties of the rocket, as well as the development and integration of the recovery systems, nose cone, fins, and MASA's in-house 6DOF flight simulator. Outside of MASA he is a member of the UM Triathlon club and enjoys doing community service.
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Ichiro Ausin
ATLO Lead
Ichiro Ausin
Ichiro (he/him) is a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering from Swartz Creek, MI. As ATLO lead, he is responsible for the assembly, testing, and operations of both the rocket and ground systems. He has been heavily involved in the development of MASA's ground support equipment.
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Jose Luiz
Avionics Lead
Jose Luiz Vargas de Mendonca
José (he/him) is a junior in Aerospace and Computer Engineering from Manaus, Brazil. As Avionics Lead, he manages all electrical components and software that will launch Clementine. He worked with flight computer firmware, unit testing and harnessing. As former Aerodynamics member he helped to develop MASTRAN.
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Andrew Zhao
Structures Lead
Andrew Zhao
Andrew Zhao (he/him) is a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn Hills, Michigan. As Structures lead he manages the development of the rocket's main structural components. These components include the propellant tanks, airframe, thrust transfer structure, and any mounting/bracketry. Previously he has led the development of Clementine’s fins and other various structural/aerodynamic components. Outside of MASA, Andrew loves to swim and lift.
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Ethan Dupre
Systems Lead
Ethan Dupre
Ethan (he/him) is a senior in Aerospace Engineering from Houston, Texas. As Systems Lead, he is responsible for system requirements and specifications as well as project interfaces and timelines. He was also previously Structures Lead for MASA, and worked on the rocket airframe and ground propellant tanks.
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Cian Mullen
Propulsion Lead
Cian Mullen
Cian (he/him) is currently a Junior in Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma. As propulsion lead his job is to oversee the development of the rocket’s propulsion system through design, production, testing, and launch. This includes the nozzle, chamber, injector, and propellant valves. Previously he worked for two years on custom main propellant valves for TSM and Clementine.
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Jay Stadtherr
Production Lead
Jay Stadtherr
Jay (they/them) is a senior majoring in Aerospace engineering from Novi, MI. As the production manager they coordinate manufacturing for all components on the rocket. They also advise on how to design components for manufacturability. They have previously been structures lead and worked on both the helium tank mount and avionics mounting system.
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Past MASA Leads
Eric Liu
Business '22
Eric Liu
Presently: Michigan Ross
Andrew Lauterbach
Production '22
Andrew Lauterbach
Presently: SpaceX
Cade Wagner
Production '20 '22
Cade Wagner
Presently: SpaceX
Alex Thuro
Systems '22
Alexander Thuro
Presently: USSF
Nathaniel Kalantar
Avionics '22
Nathaniel Kalantar
Presently: MASA
Paige Adams
ATLO '22, Social '21, Safety '20
Paige Adams
Presently: SpaceX
Jack Taliercio
Social '22, Chief '20 '21
Jack Taliercio
Presently: Masters Student, Aerospace
Nathan Sanchez
Treasurer '22
Nathan Sanchez
Presently: MASA
Hirsh Kabaria
Business '22
Hirsh Kabaria
Presently: MASA
Eric Reuter
Safety '22
Eric Reuter
Presently: MASA
Cameron Crandall
Chief '22, Structures '21
Cameron Crandall
Presently: Masters Student, Space Systems
Theo Rulko
President '21 '22, Business '20
Theo Rulko
Presently: PhD Student in AeroAstro, MIT
Arthur Zhang
Avionics '21
Arthur Zhang
Presently: PhD Student in CS, UT Austin
Sam Boling
Structures '21
Sam Boling
Presently: Astra
Minori Higashiyama
ATLO '21, Safety '20
Minori Higashiyama
Presently: Masters Student, Aerospace
Josh Miller
Propulsion '21, Treasurer '20
Josh Miller
Presently: SpaceX
Edward Tang
Aerodynamics '21
Edward Tang
Presently: Masters Student, Aerospace
Kara Vanderwest
Production '21
Kara Vanderwest
Presently: Blue Origin
Alfonso Botta-Lopez
ATLO '21
Alfonso Botta-Lopez
Presently: Undergraduate Student, Aerospace
Josh Azrin
Avionics '21
Josh Azrin
Presently: Undergraduate Student, EE
Julia Weiss
VP '21
Julia Weiss
Presently: Masters Student, Aerospace
Tommy Woodbury
Business '21
Tommy Woodbury
Presently: Northrop Grumman
Akhil Vinod
Treasurer '21
Akhil Vinod
Presently: Masters Student, Aerospace
Erin Levesque
Aerodynamics '20
Erin Levesque
Presently: Masters Student, Aerospace
Geoff Parkes
ATLO '20, President '19
Geoff Parkes
Presently: SpaceX
Marion Anderson
Avionics '20
Marion Anderson
Presently: PhD Candidate, Robotics
Aidan Kingwell
Software '20
Aidan Kingwell
Akash Pawar
Structures '20
Akashdeep Pawar
Presently: Masters Student, Space Systems
John Letarte
Propulsion '20
John Letarte
Presently: SpaceX
Israa Ali
VP '20
Israa Ali
Presently: AVL
Peyton Hooker
President '20, Treasurer '19
Peyton Hooker
Presently: USAF
Aleister Lenhardt
Structures '19
Aleister Lenhardt
Presently: Masters Student, Aerospace
Dan Maguire
Aerodynamics '19
Dan Maguire
Presently: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Katherine Lerond
President '19
Katherine Lerond
Presently: Boeing
Alex Davenport
ATLO '18, Avionics '19
Alex Davenport
Presently: SpaceX
Jared Chin
Safety '19
Jared Chin
Presently: Raytheon Missiles
Ethen Daniels
Propulsion '19
Ethen Daniels
Presently: SpaceX
Kat Shipers
Business '19
Kat Shipers
Presently: Medical University of South Carolina, OTD Candidate
Cameron Buccellato
Chief '19, Propulsion '18
Cameron Buccellato
Presently: SpaceX
Dan Shafer
Aerodynamics '19
Dan Shafer
Presently: Lockheed Martin
Alex Philpott
Treasurer '19
Alex Philpott
Presently: SpaceX
Rachel Ticknor
Aerodynamics '18
Rachel Ticknor
Presently: NASA Ames Research Center