Our Team

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Who We Are

We are a student-run project team of creative and motivated problem solvers from all walks of life who share a common passion for aircrafts. Each year, we are challenged to design, build, and fly an unmanned, radio-controlled aircraft from the ground up for a unique mission profile.

Through the process of desgining, analyzing, manufacturing, and optimizing RC planes, our members gain valuable aerospace engineering knowledge and experience. We share a strong desire to learn aerospace design techniques and strive to implement new, innovative ideas. Most importantly, we are all on a journey together to create life-long memories and joy for each member.

Team Members

Team Leads

Andy Tan Headshot

Andy Tan

Team Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2022

Aron Zhao

Aron Zhao

Team Lead

Major: Computer Science

Graduating: May 2023

Aerodynamics, Controls, and Propulsion Subteam

The Aerodynamics, Controls, and Propulsion subteam designs and manufactures the aerodynamic lifting and control surfaces of our aircrafts. The subteam conceptualizes the proper design and layout of the plane’s flight surfaces based on specifications produced by the Mechanical subteam. Using hand calculations, CAD and CFD software, and manufacturing methods, the subteam transforms these design ideas into reality. The subteam also determines and assembles the appropriate propulsion and electrical systems to optimize the aircraft’s performance in flight missions. The subteam makes critical design decisions about the weight and size of the aircraft and its propulsion components. Working with the Mechanical subteam, the subteam fits and integrates propulsion and other electronic components with the aircraft.

Daniel Li

Daniel Li

Subteam Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2023

Tereasa Spaulding

Tereasa Spaulding

Subteam Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2024

Reina Bermudez Rivera

Reina Bermudez Rivera

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: Aerospace Engineering

Graduating: May 2022

Vanessa Leal-Vazquez

Vanessa Leal-Vazquez

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2023

Annie Tan

Annie Tan

Major: Applied & Engineering Physics

Graduating: May 2024

Setor Kudiabor

Setor Kudiabor

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2024

Adrian Lee

Adrian Lee

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2024

Will Coombs

Will Coombs

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Willow Lewis

Willow Lewis

Major: Applied Engineering Physics

Graduating: May 2025

Kaia Lucas-Retherford

Kaia Lucas-Retherford

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Elliot Chow

Elliot Chow

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Mira Ahuja

Mira Ahuja

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Nate Heinzelman

Nate Heinzelman

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Aaron Weiss

Aaron Weiss

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Mechanical and Structures Subteam

The Mechanical and Structures subteam has a vast range of responsibilities to combine all the different aspects of an aircraft into a single unit. The subteam applies aerodynamic principles, fracture mechanics, and orthotropic material models to fabricate the fuselage and implement mechanisms specific to the mission profile of each competition. Throughout their time in the Mechanical and Structures subteam, members acquire a wide array of skills with opportunities to embark on specialized projects in their area of interest.

Sean Han

Sean Han

Subteam Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2023

Neil Ramasray

Neil Ramasray

Subteam Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2023

Cole Dawson

Cole Dawson

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2023

Will Kully

Will Kully

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2024

Hunter Kahn

Hunter Kahn

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Christian Abbadessa

Christian Abbadessa

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Graduating: May 2024

Will Campisi

Will Campisi

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Richard Fischer

Richard Fischer

Major: Mechanical Engineering / Computer Science

Graduating: May 2025

Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Natalie Sun

Natalie Sun

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Brandon Feraud-Solorzano

Brandon Feraud-Solorzano

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Business Subteam

The Business subteam works with team leadership to manage team logistics and operations beyond designing and assembling aircrafts. The subteam conducts outreach to maintain the team’s on- and off-campus presence and manages team finances. Members of the Business subteam employ a range of technical and interpersonal skills to ensure that the team is well supported.

Karen Aoki

Karen Aoki

Subteam Lead

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Business

Graduating: May 2023

Terryn Jung

Terryn Jung

Major: Computer Science

Graduating: May 2022

Joyce Tsai

Joyce Tsai

Major: Information Science

Graduating: May 2022

Victor Lee

Victor Lee

Major: Computer Science

Graduating: May 2024