Hi everyone, my name is Christian Tamayo. My pronouns are he/him. I am a transfer student and this will be my second year at Cal Poly Pomona and my fourth year as an undergrad. My major is Aerospace Engineerings with an emphasis in Astronautics. This year I am project lead and our team will design, build, and launch a rocket that reaches an apogee of 30,000 feet to compete in the Spaceport America Cup. I was a part of the 2019-2020 FAR-1030 payload team where I helped develop a drone that deploys from the rocket upon at 400 feet during descent. I am also a part of Bronco Space’s, Quickly Universally Integrated CubeSat(QUIC), where I am a member of the mechanical team assisting with testing and design the CubeSat. Alongside my projects, I also conduct undergraduate research where I investigate uncertainty of gust response of high aspect ratio wings. My goal as project lead is to make everyone feel welcome to ask questions and learn from this project.
Project Deputy Lead / Lead Systems Engineer
Hey everyone! My name is Rochelle Casement (she/hers) and I have the pleasure of being Singularity Rocket Project's Deputy Lead, Financial Manager, and this project’s first Systems Engineering Lead! As Financial Manager I spearheaded all fundraising efforts and wrote most of the documents our team uses to ask for support from companies and organizations, and I am also responsible for keeping track of all project funds and expenditures. My goals for the systems team this year are to conduct trade studies so we can develop clear and achievable requirements that are in accordance with competition rules/regulations, create a realistic project timeline and Gantt chart to keep team efforts on schedule, and adequately document every aspect of the engineering process to benefit future years of this project and for reference on the multiple technical reports that the competition requires. I am currently working toward getting my Associate Systems Engineering Professional certification and would love to have a career as a systems engineer.
Lead Aerodynamics Engineer
Hello! My name is Alexander Ortiz (he, him) and I am the aerodynamics sub-team lead. I’m starting my second year at Cal Poly Pomona as a transfer student from Antelope Valley College. While at Cal Poly, I hope to achieve a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering with an emphasis in aeronautics. Although this is my first year on the Singularity team, I have a large set of experiences in leadership roles in a variety of clubs, including Shell Eco-Marathon at Antelope Valley College, and a club-member role at Cal Poly Pomona’s Formula Student chapter. Through these roles, the experience gained regarding aerodynamic principles and design will greatly benefit the design of this year’s rocket. I’m excited to utilize simulation softwares that traditionally are used in the design of high-powered rocketry as well as potentially utilize more advanced software to visualize the supersonic flow around the rocket. My goals for my sub-team this year is to gain experience with high-velocity aerodynamics and to successfully launch a winning trajectory. My hobbies outside of school include rc model aircraft, muscle cars, and simulation racing.
Lead Payload Engineer
Hey, my name is Cassidy Casamassa (she/her) and I will be the payload lead this year for the Singularity project. This is my second year at Cal Poly and my fourth year as an undergrad. My major is aerospace engineering with an emphasis in astronautics. At my community college I was on the robotics team and part of a NASA microcomputer. Also I have experience competing at FAR 1030 as well as having experience working with arduinos and microcomputers. My goals for this year are to design a functional and scientifically significant payload. Also another goal is making sure that all team members learn something new that can benefit them in the future. Some of my favorite extracurricular activities include reading, snowboarding, and hiking.
Lead Payload Engineer
Hello, my name is Jeremiah Washington (he, him) and I am a co-lead for the Singularity Rocket Project’s payload sub-team. This is the beginning of my second year at CPP and by the grace of God I will earn a BS in Aerospace Engineering with emphasis on astronautics in Spring 2022. I have worked with micro-controllers, built 3D printers, manufactured large mechanical obstrocities in the name of science and developed a desire to learn new things and make remarkable accomplishments. I recognize that our entire team is overflowing with extreme talent, especially our payload team, and my primary goals as a leader are to assist the team in developing the payload, maintain team morale, listen, and learn. My experience as a soldier in our nation's military has taught me how to follow and support leaders, as well as how to take charge and empower others to accomplish critical tasks as a unit. I look forward to working with some of the most talented individuals I’ve ever met and I know we will accomplish great things this year.
I'm Laila Afshari. My pronouns are she/ hers. I am an Aerospace Engineering major entering my fourth year. I'm also getting a minor in Mathematics. I was a part of the Structures team on the 2018-2019 FAR 1030 rocket team. Last year, I was Lead Testing Engineer for the Active Stabilization and Precision Altitude Targeting Senior Project team. This year, I am the Lead Structural Engineer for UMBRA's Singularity Rocket Project. I've been a member of UMBRA since 2017, served as our Secretary from 2019-2020, and this year I am President! As Structures Lead I will guide my team to design and model the Singularity rocket and its structural components. This will require our team to conduct analysis and mitigation of the stresses experienced during handling, launch, flight, and recovery. The Structures subteam will work with the Manufacturing subteam to safely deliver the payload. With all the other subteams, we will interpret and meet the structural needs of all components of the rocket
Lead Propulsion Engineer
Hello, my name is Jacob Friedlander (he/his) and I will be the co-lead for Singularity’s propulsion team. Currently, I will be entering my second year at Cal Poly Pomona as a transfer student pursuing my Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering with an emphasis in Astronautics. As the lead propulsion engineer of last year’s FAR 1030 Team, I lead the design, testing, and manufacturing of the rocket’s solid propellant, as well as the nozzle design, and general motor configuration. My goals for this year are to improve on the design of our rocket’s propulsion system, characterize new types of propellant, educate incoming members about rocket propulsion, and reach our goal of 30,000 feet. Also, I serve as the Head of Outreach on the board of UMBRA and I am an active member of the Kellogg Honors College. My favorite extracurricular activities include boxing, Jiu Jitsu, running, spearfishing, playing guitar, and reading.
Lead Propulsion Engineer
Hello, my name is Jacob Liebgott (he/him) and I am the co-lead for the Singularity’s propulsion team. I’m coming into my second year at Cal Poly Pomona studying Aerospace Engineering after transferring from Junior College. Last year, I was on the Propulsion team for the Active-stabilization project where I aided in the design and manufacturing of an N-class motor that would take our launch vehicle to 12,000’ without air-braking. This summer I had the privilege of interning at Sugarhouse Aerospace where I aided in the development of an S-class Solid Rocket Motor for sub-orbital space launches which successfully static-fired. I’m excited to use this experience to design an entirely new motor to propel Singularity to 30,000 feet. In my free time I build hobby rockets, I’m level 1 certified in High Power Rocketry and I’m going for my level 2 in October. I’m excited to be a part of a cohesive team that will mark Cal Poly Pomona’s return to IREC.
Avionics and Recovery Team
Lead Avionics Engineer
Hello, my name is Cody Keegan (he/him) and I will be the Avionics & Recovery team lead for the Singularity Rocket Project. My major is Electrical Engineering, and this is my second year taking part in a Cal Poly Pomona rocketry team. Last year I was a part of the FAR-1030 Payload and Avionics team where I helped build a height above ground level tracking system in order to deploy a payload during rocket descent. Prior to that I served as Secretary to the Mt San Antonio College Society of Women Engineers and have previously worked in helicopter electronics maintenance with the US Army. This year I hope to ensure all my team members gain practical and valuable experience by both having a clear understanding of the goals ahead of us, and by a cooperative effort to achieve those goals.
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