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

Adrian Lee

Adrian Lee

Team Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2024

Vanessa Leal-Vazquez

Vanessa Leal-Vazquez

Team Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2023

Aerodynamics and Controls Subteam

The Aerodynamics and Controls 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 and Propulsion subteams. Using hand calculations, CAD and CFD software, and manufacturing methods, the Aerodynamics and Controls subteam transforms these design ideas into reality.

Will Coombs

Will Coombs

Subteam Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Mira Ahuja

Mira Ahuja

Subteam Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Daniel Li

Daniel Li

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2023

Nate Heinzelman

Nate Heinzelman

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Aaron Weiss

Aaron Weiss

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Propulsion Subteam

The Propulsion subteam 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 Aerodynamics and Mechanical subteams, the Propulsion subteam fits and integrates propulsion and other electronic components with the aircraft.

Tereasa Spaulding

Tereasa Spaulding

Subteam Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2024

Kaia Lucas-Retherford

Kaia Lucas-Retherford

Subteam Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Elliot Chow

Elliot Chow

Subteam Lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2025

Willow Lewis

Willow Lewis

Major: Applied Engineering Physics

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.

Cole Dawson

Cole Dawson

Subteam lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2023

Will Kully

Will Kully

Subteam lead

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2024

Neil Ramasray

Neil Ramasray

Safety Officer

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduating: May 2023

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 by taking on roles in team finances, fundraisers, content design, and online presence.

Victor Lee

Victor Lee

Subteam Lead

Major: Computer Science

Graduating: May 2024

Karen Aoki

Karen Aoki

Subteam Lead

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Business

Graduating: May 2023