I am currently a junior Aerospace Engineering student after transferring from the rigorous El Camino College. During my first year at Cal Poly Pomona, I served as the team lead for several projects including: solid-fueled rocket performance, F-22 subsonic wind tunnel and water tunnel evaluation, and systems engineer for the reverse engineering of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter conceptual design review. After participating in the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s Launching 2 Learn (L2L) summer 2015 program and serving as the team lead on a Level 2 high powered rocket project, I decided it was time to take on a bigger role as the lead for this year’s NASA Student Launch Initiative. I hold a National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Level 1 rocketry certification and have been working on my Level 2 certification outside of my academic studies. I am also a participating member in the Undergraduate Missiles, Ballistics, and Rocketry Association (UMBRA) at CPP. My passions in the aerospace field are so far and wide that I have yet to decide what I want to specialize in, whether that be subspace or space vehicles, but I do find myself enjoying anything propulsion-related. There is no other feeling like witnessing the lift-off of the Delta Ⅳ and Atlas Ⅴ launch vehicles or walking through the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center. It was there my passion was ignited and I hope to instill this passion in others throughout this year’s NSL project. I am proud to lead Cal Poly Pomona’s team this year after witnessing the hard work and talent each member dedicates and especially excited to be the first female lead representing Cal Poly Pomona.
I’m currently pursuing a major in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics at Cal Poly Pomona. I transferred last year from Irvine Valley College with an Associate of Arts in Mathematics. I am very passionate about robotics and control systems. I wanted to become more involved in school, so I joined Cal Poly’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Club and NASA Student Launch Initiative Team. As the team’s sole computer engineer, I have an extensive background in programming and 3-D modeling. My notable accomplishments include first place commendations in the 2015 Computer Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (C-STEM) Roboplay Competition hosted by UC Davis for my team’s robots and the 2016 Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC) Research Conference for my team’s application of a C++ based ant colony optimization problem. Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity of working as a systems engineering intern. The knowledge I obtained from that experience makes me confident that I will succeed in my role as the Systems Engineer and Deputy Team Lead of our CPP team. I look forward to representing my school and collaborating with my team members for the next eight months, and I am especially excited to be Casey’s fellow female team lead in this group.
I am proud to say that I am a first generation college student. My parents came to this country decades ago seeking better opportunities for themselves and their future kin. I am confident in myself that I am making the best out of their sacrifices. I recently transferred from Glendale Community College and entered California State Polytechnic University, Pomona as a junior chemical engineering student. This will be my first season participating in the NASA Student Launch Initiative. I am especially interested in renewable energy and environmental conservation. As safety officer, I will proactively administer the applicable precautions to ensure the safety of its members, the public, and the environment. I am thrilled to see how I will be applying my knowledge as a chemical engineering student in a competition that predominantly attracts those completing aerospace majors. I especially look forward to participating in the educational engagement activities to work with the youth and exhibit my passion in engineering to help someone else discover theirs. Additionally, I hope to be an example for future students who wish to explore their focus in diverse industries.
I have recently completed my first year at Cal Poly Pomona after transferring from El Camino Community College in Torrance, California. I am currently in pursuit to obtain my degree in Aerospace Engineering. Having spent my first year at Cal Poly Pomona focusing on my studies, I believed it was time to put what I have learned to the test. Consequently, I joined the NASA Student Launch Competition. Having a knack for calculations and analysis, I felt it natural to take the lead role in structures. I strongly believe that I will lead my Structures Team in producing impeccable work as well as a successful launch vehicle for this year’s NSL competition. This will be my first project at Cal Poly Pomona and I am really looking forward to represent my school.
I am a fourth-year student at Cal Poly Pomona pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with a Physics Minor. My current interest is in the field of aerospace structures, and I have taken multiple elective courses focused specifically on structures to further my knowledge on the subject. This focus also led me to the position I hold on the NASA Student Launch Initiative team as a structural engineering team member. This project will be the first major project that I am a member of, but I have had experience on various small projects as a lead or support member. Some of these projects include a build and fly glider competition of which I was on the organization board for, a 3-D printed airplane where I was a support researcher, and an orbital mechanics project for which I was an orbit determination engineer. In terms of extra-curriculars, I am an e-board member for the AIAA student organization holding the position of webmaster. I am also a participating member for the Undergraduate Missile, Ballistic, and Rocketry Association (UMBRA). Outside of academics, I am a captain of the school’s Ultimate Frisbee sports club team, responsible for 50+ players that compete statewide throughout the year. Some skills of mine include experience with various computer programs (MATLAB, Microsoft Office, SolidWorks, FreeFlyer, Adobe Illustrator), metal work / machining, welding, soldering, and extensive experience with bicycle repairs and technology.
I am a Graduate Student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona. My undergraduate degree is in Aeronautical Engineering. Undergraduate Projects I worked on are design & Analysis of double wheeled Landing Gear and Design Optimization & Experimental Analysis of Compressed Cascade Blades. I have been exposed to various aircraft during my 5-year work tenure with Infosys. I was part of the Design, Development and Release teams of Bombardier and Mitsubishi. In addition, I was also part of the concessions team for Aliant Tech Systems. One of my notable recognitions includes an outstanding contribution in design and release of Aircraft Wing-Triumph Aero Structures, leading to Excellence in Client Delight during the time I was working with Bombardier aircraft. I am very excited about working on the NASA Student Launch Team and learning from my experience.
I am currently a fourth year student Cal Poly Pomona pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I am very interested in space and want to do more to expand my knowledge on spacecrafts and rockets. This is my first project at Cal Poly Pomona, and I am hoping to apply what I learned into acquiring more knowledge in my respected field. This project will give me the hands-on experience that I will value throughout my career. My interest in structures will continue to grow with my role as a Support Engineer on the Structures Team. I am thrilled to be working on the NASA Student Launch Competition, and I am confident that the team will come out on top. In my free time I like to go bouldering. I have been bouldering for one and half years. I’ve bouldered at many places like Joshua Tree National Park, in Japan, and in England. Bouldering in all these places were great experiences but my favorite was in Japan. The atmosphere and the style of climbing was much different than what I was used to. Another thing that I like to do is playing video games such as League of Legends or Counter Strike: Global Offensive. I like to play both of these games because it helps me make decisions on the spot, helps reaction time and provides a break from everything else that is going on.
I am currently a fourth year student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, and a minor in Mathematics. In my first year, I participated on the Hybrid Rocket Project for the Undergraduate Missiles, Ballistics, and Rocketry Association. I helped design and construct a rocket powered by a hybrid motor, which was successfully launched at the end of the academic year, and I also helped construct fins and body tubes for other rockets using carbon fiber. Since my second year, I have been part of the unmanned aerial vehicle structures team for the Northrop Grumman Collaboration Project. My first year on this project, I helped calculate the moments of inertia for an unmanned aerial vehicle. Since my second year, I have been helping lead the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle that can release and capture a quadcopter in flight. These projects have allowed me to learn how to work effectively on a team, and they have also allowed me to improve my skills on computer programs such as Microsoft Office and SolidWorks. Participating on these projects has been a valuable experience, and I look forward to what I will learn during my time on the Structures Team for the NASA Student Launch Initiative.
I am currently a second-year Aerospace Engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona. Ever since little I have been interested in the outer space and any subject correlated to the mysteries that it holds. I decided to join NSL because I want to take what I have learned in the classroom about rockets to real life experiments and acquire knowledge among other fields, especially in structures. My interest in structural engineering has led me towards my decision to join the NSL Structures Team. This is the first project I joined, and so far, it's been an amazing experience working along the rest of my team. I love working with my teammates and coming up with different solutions and approaches to problems we encounter along the way. On my spare time, when I’m not working on NSL or school work, I like to catch up on the many shows that I started during the summer but never got to finish. I am an adrenaline enthusiast and away from watching shows I tend to try new things that will give me the rush of feeling alive. As the competition progresses, I hope that our collective understanding of the rocket and the HPR will grow.
I am a second year student at Cal Poly Pomona attempting to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I am a driven and assiduous individual with big dreams and high aspirations. As a child, I have always seen myself among the stars, and I am thoroughly dedicated to staying true to my childhood passion. During my first academic year at Cal Poly Pomona, I maintained a high academic profile with a 4.0 GPA and was on Dean’s List all three quarters (Fall 2016, Winter 2016 and Spring 2017), eventually landing a spot on the President’s List by the end of my first year. I am also a Kellogg Honor Roll student at Cal Poly Pomona, and I have greatly dedicated myself to being more involved on campus with clubs related to the aerospace field. My strongest qualities are my diligent nature, punctual timing, motivated esteem, and profound dedication. Going beyond the aerospace arena, my other interests include astrophysics, botany, health, nutrition, and fitness. I can strongly say that I am truly my greatest inspiration, and everything I am today I owe to my childhood-self. I believe that my strong academic profile, hard work and dedication will one day enable me to pursue my dream career as a successful Aerospace Engineer. I am one of the biggest dreamers you will ever meet, and as I always say, “Don’t forget to follow your dreams and soon you will become them!”.
Salutations! My name is Daniel Ramos and I am currently a junior at Cal Poly Pomona. I am the Team Lead for the Aerodynamics section. My job is to ensure that the rocket goes up and comes down safely. As a first generation American, I feel it is my obligation to take advantage of the educational and occupational opportunities available in this country. My goal at CPP is to complete my degree in Aerospace Engineering and gain technical skills to prepare myself for the industry. Besides NSL, I like to stay active on campus with extra curricular activities. Previous project involvements include being the CAD team lead for Mobile Rocket Engine Test Stand (MRETS) for 2016-2017. In addition, I have taken part in community engagement as a STEM ambassador at El Camino College. Lastly, as the inter-club council representative for the Mathematical Physics Club, I was able to take part in the political processes on campus. My interests include computer aided design, machining, and amateur gun smithing. In the future, I see myself working in the defense industry and ensuring this great nation's safety. Have a great day and god bless the USA!
I am a third year Aerospace Engineering major at California Polytechnic University, Pomona as well as a proud member of the NSL team. During my time here at Cal Poly, I have involved myself in several different projects: support member for the Rocket Car Team under UMBRA, team lead for an Estes model rocket evaluation project, team lead for a slow-stick RC plane evaluation project, and support member for UAV moment of inertia calculations with the Northrop Grumman Collaboration Project. I hope to gain more team building and rocketry experience with this project and hopefully attempt a High-Powered Rocket Level 1 certification afterwards. Most importantly, I love seeing rockets fly in the air. My exposure to this opportunity is extraordinary.
I am a second-year student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a Support Engineer on the Aerodynamics Team, I will be focused on avionics equipment integration and operation in addition to providing general assistance where needed. Space has always been captivating, and the mysteriousness and adventure it manifests within me has served as great motivation for my educational and career interests. I would love to play a role in the exploration of the Universe around us. The NSL project will allow me to learn outside my major and understand more aerospace oriented problems. Along with NSL, I am also participating in a mechanical engineering internship at Caldera Medical in Agoura Hills and have joined the Northrop Grumman Collaboration Project at Cal Poly. Each of these activities stress working in a team to achieve success in the engineering world. With my work in class, internships, and student groups, I want to become as experienced as possible in the aerospace engineering field so that I can make a meaningful contribution to human endeavors in spaceflight. I love being part of a team environment full of others who share that same passion for aerospace, engineering, and learning. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this team!
I am a senior at Cal Poly pursuing an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in materials science and engineering. I am a single dog mom, with a one year old beagle named after Chuck Yeager. I was a Boeing Scholar for two years in a row. During my first year, I served as a support member for the mass drop team in our school’s Northrop Grumman Collaboration Project. In my third year, I was treasurer for the Materials Advantage club on campus. This past summer I interned at Navair as a structures engineer, where I helped repair F/A-18’s. I often volunteer my time and knowledge with robotics at nearby elementary schools. During summers and winter break, I tutor elementary school children in math and science. Throughout the year I volunteer for various Women in Engineering activities to promote STEM fields to young girls. I participated in undergraduate research under the advisement of Dr. Ravi, where I worked on creating a cyclic furnace, as well as studied oxidation patterns in stainless steels and aluminum alloys at high temperatures. My future goals include obtaining a Masters Degree in systems engineering and working with Navair. I hope to continue developing my knowledge in structures and aerodynamics, as well as 3-D modelling through my contributions to this project.
I am a transfer student from El Camino College in Torrance, California starting my second year at Cal Poly Pomona. I am an Aerospace Engineering major with a minor in Material Science. My specific field of interest is in propulsion. My passion for rockets began as a kid with the dream to become an astronaut, as time went by and I learned more about engineering I realized I wanted to build the rockets that will someday take astronauts to places we can only dream of. I have worked on low power model rockets outside of any clubs or organizations on campus. I am looking forward to getting experience working on this project. I am looking forward to applying what I have learn and represent my school.
My name is Vanessa Gonzalez, I am a third year student at Cal Poly Pomona pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and attempting a minor in Mathematics. For this project, I will be assisting as a Support Engineer for the Aerodynamics Team. Throughout this project, I hope that I will be able to gain more experience working on a team and become more knowledgeable on high-powered rocketry. I am also currently involved within the Liquid Rocket Lab at Cal Poly Pomona as a Systems Electronics Engineer designing, testing, and documenting the fluids system for a mobile rocket engine test stand. During my time here at Cal Poly Pomona, I have learned the basics fundamentals of aerodynamics. I plan on applying my knowledge to the NASA Student Launch project. My interest in aerospace grows everyday and I cannot wait to see where my undergraduate career will take me.
Hello! My name is Daniel Arevalo and I am currently a second-year Aerospace Engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona. I am a member of the Aerodynamics team and this is my first heavily involved engineering project. I was born in Lima, Peru and first came to the U.S. in 2001 where I spent a summer in Wisconsin before moving to Southern California. I’ve spent significant time in Chicago, Illinois and Houston, Texas but nothing beats a California sunset! I have had a passion for space and space travel for as long as I can remember and the intricacies of space and time have led me down a path filled with curiosity and learning. Outside of school and NSL I am an avid football (soccer) supporter and would one day love to spend a year in Barcelona, Spain. My goals involve graduating with a B.S. in Aerospace, an M.S. in a space-related study, and receiving a pilot’s license. I can’t wait to see our rocket fly in April and hope to be a part of a successful launch and landing. See you in Huntsville!
I am a second-year transfer student majoring in aerospace engineering, and pursuing a minor in materials engineering. I came back to school after being out for 8 years, motivated by the birth of my son. My interest in space travel is what drove me to aerospace specifically. As I have dipped into classes such as programming, control feedback, and circuits, my interest in building small robotics has peaked. I find it very intriguing what can be built with these technologies. I have also began experimenting with 3D printers, which can be applied to this project. Through being lead for the payload team, I will be able to learn more about bringing these subjects together by working as a group and sharing our expertise. As school takes much of my time, when I’m not in school I like to spend as much time with my family as I can.
I am a fourth-year Aerospace Engineering Major attending California Polytechnic State University Pomona. I am currently assisting as a member of the payload team, which is responsible for deploying an autonomous rover upon landing of our launch vehicle for this year’s NSL Initiative. My main interest in Aerospace Engineering are spacecrafts, rockets, and anything related to space. Throughout this year, I wish to build more experience with working on a team to create and launch a rocket. Being a part of the Payload Team gives me the chance to learn more about different areas in engineering. This exposure will give me the opportunity to find out what I am most interested in studying and it will also help me apply all that I have learned. I look forward to working on the NSL project and learning from it.
I am a fourth year Engineering student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. As a freshman, I assisted in the UAV Lab by researching more time-efficient and cost-effective procedures to assemble an R/C Airplane. Since then, I have applied my professional experience as a CNC programmer by assisting UMBRA’s Air Braking Systems Team with machine maintenance and manufacturing. This year, I am a part of the NSL project which will allow me to tackle more advanced programming problems in a hands-on environment. As a member of the payload team, I will be required to help with the design, assembly, wiring, and programming of the rover. I hope to create a positive community from this experience by teaching others and learning from them as well.
My name is Praneeth and I am a first year student at Cal Poly Pomona. I hope to major in Aerospace Engineering and possibly minor in Computer Science or Physics so that I can apply myself better in the industry after I graduate. In the future, I would want to possibly work on an avionics team or a payload team at a large Aerospace Defense company. However, if more money is put into space travel, I would definitely look into working on a rover team for NASA or even SpaceX. To apply myself in the best possible way, I joined the payload team and will provide support to other members. Some of my skills include proficiency in C++, Python and good knowledge in CAD programs such as SOLIDWORKS and Autodesk Inventor. I aim to involve myself in AIAA, UMBRA, and maybe even the Robotics club throughout the next 4 years. Some hobbies of mine include tennis, robotics, biking, and playing keyboard. This is my first project in college, and I aim to complete many more in the future.
I am currently a 4th year Aerospace Engineering major at Cal Poly Pomona. Throughout the last 3 years, my focus has been on the Undergraduate Missiles Ballistics and Rocketry Association (UMBRA) club working on small projects. My most rewarding project so far has been receiving my Level 1 Rocket Certification through UMBRA in summer of 2017. Doing so reinforced a lot of concepts from the classroom and were put into physical creation at my own fingertips. Cal Poly’s motto is ‘Learn by Doing’ and I do believe this is the best way to learn because it forces you to take what’s in the books and create something out of all these concepts and equations, and there is no better feeling than when finally get to see your creation in operation. Gaining my level 1 certification was a huge boost to my academic confidence which in turn led me to join NSL. Presently, I am a support engineer for NSL because I want to set my focus on a more advanced project. I am so grateful to be working vigorously alongside such intelligent peers and am enthusiastic to see this project created from the ground up.