The AIAA 2019 - 2020 Officers

General/Executive Officers
Project Lead Officers
Faculty Advisors


Robert Halverson

Robert is a Junior undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics with a minor in Astrophysics. Robert has always had a strong passion for flight, space, and all the in-betweens, specifically propulsion and control. He remains active as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Aerospace, Robotics, Dynamics, and Control Laboratory, as well as a contributing member to the UMN Rocket Team. Upon completing his undergrad, Robert plans to go back to school to earn a masters degree in Aerospace Engineering, and he dreams to work in Flight-Ops at NASA upon completing his masters.

Vice President

Campbell Dunham

Campbell is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in Astrophysics. This is Campbell’s second year in AIAA, where he fulfills his interest for space exploration and flight. This past spring semester, Campbell studied abroad at Queen Mary University of London. After he completes his undergraduate degree, Campbell hopes to pursue graduate school and eventually find an aerospace-related career in the industry.


Sophia Vedvik

Sophia is a junior undergraduate student majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. In addition to being the secretary for AIAA, she is also the Vice President of the UMN Rocket Team. She has a strong interest in aerospace controls and avionics. After completing her undergrad, Sophia hopes to go to graduate school in China for a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, and find a career where she can utilize both her engineering and second language skills.


Connor Boehm

Connor is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Astrophysics and Mathematics. Ever since he was a kid, he has been entranced with the stars in the night sky, along with everything else within the realm of space. Alongside of AIAA, Connor is an active member of the UMN Rocket Team and Curling Club, and has contributed to SSDC (formerly STDC) and LPRD in the past. When he has finished his degree, he plans on joining the aerospace industry in support of spaceflight projects such as the SpaceX Orbital Starship.

Event Coordinator

Nathan Pharis

Nathan is a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics with minors in Astrophysics and Computer Science. Nathan’s interests revolve around research and space. He is a member of the STDC club team, the stratospheric ballooning research group. He leads the HASP balloon team within that research group. After he completes his undergraduate degree, Nathan plans to pursue some sort of graduate degree and eventually become an Astronaut.

Membership Chair

Tyler Douglas

Marketing Manager

Ebise Teshale

Marketing Chair

Claire Graney-Dolan


Timothy Dorn

Timothy is a Junior undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in Sociology. He is interested in the intersection of technology and society and how engineering can be used to improve human well being. In addition to webmaster, Timothy has participated in AIAA's Design, Build, Fly. After graduating, he plans to pursue a masters degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Grad School Liaison

Ryan Ichinose

Purchasing Manager

Alex Volk

Project Lead Officer, CanSat

Casey Lead

Casey is a Senior Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics student with a minor in Computer Science. This is Casey’s first year working directly with AIAA, but he has been and continues to be an active member of the UMN Rocket Team, for which he is also leading the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) sub-team. Casey’s particular interests within Aerospace lie in this area of GNC, and he has worked with the AEM department’s Control Laboratory to learn more about quadcopter attitude and position control.

Project Lead Officer, Design, Build, Fly

Austin Kopesky

Austin is a Senior in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics with a minor in Astrophysics. Austin’s interests lie with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and more specifically structural analysis and part design. Austin is in his third year of leading the Design, Build, Fly competition team. After he completes his undergraduate degree, Austin plans to work in the defense industry or commission as an officer in the US Air Force to pursue his dreams of flying in the military.

Project Lead Officers, Alphadrone

Alex Waxman and Samuel Westlake

Project Lead Officers, Space Systems Design Competition

Steven Misselt

Steven is a Junior undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Management. His interests range from politics and business management to robotics and spaceflight. Steven plans on pursuing the University of Minnesota’s integrated Mechanical Engineering Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree program with a specialization in robotics. He is in his third year as a member of AIAA’s subteam STDC and his first year as STDC team lead. Steven also serves as President of the University of Minnesota’s Nonresident Volunteer Tax Assistance Program and founding Vice Chair of the NORTH Group’s Board of Directors.

Professor Yohannes Ketema

Faculty Advisor, CanSat Team Advisor

From the AEM Website: Dr. Ketema’s research broadly in the area of dynamics. He has studied the dynamics of active materials such as shape memory alloys especially regarding their use for the purpose of vibration damping and control. Dr Ketema has also done research in optimal trajectory generation for unmanned aerial vehicles, dynamics and stability of formations, orbital mechanics, and the mechanics of human walking. In particular, current research topics include optimal transfers between relative orbits of space vehicles, and the use of kinetic models of human gait for step-size determination for use in pedestrian navigation systems and related applications.

Professor Thomas W. Shield

Faculty Advisor

From the AEM Website: Professor Shield's research program focuses on understanding the effects that microstructures in modern materials have on the overall behavior of these materials and on their fracture properties. The materials under study include single crystals of shape-memory and other copper-based alloys, as well as novel materials with both magneto-elastic and shape-memory behaviors. Experimental work concentrates on observing the microstructures that form under various types of loading and at the tips of cracks. Single crystals are studied to isolate the microstructural behaviors from the grain-to-grain interactions that occur in polycrystalline materials. Models are then developed that allow the observed microstructures to be predicted and their effects on overall behavior of these materials to be understood. The basic understanding developed by this work will allow the actuators, sensors and other applications that employ these and other similar materials to be improved and designed more reliably. This work is done in collaboration with Professors Leo and James.

Professor Richard Linares

CanSat Team Advisor

From the AEM Website: Professor Linares’s research interests are state and parameter estimation, and uncertainty quantification theory with a focus on the development of methods relevant to space situational awareness, vehicle attitude estimation, vehicle formation flight, small satellite systems, and autonomous navigation. He has applied these approaches to many practical aerospace problems; most notably orbital debris tracking and characterization, and precise satellite formation flight. He is interested in addressing theoretical and technical challenges in the fields of multiple object tracking, uncertainty quantification of high dimensional systems, and non-Gaussian nonlinear systems. He is also interested in the design and development of technologies for precise and robust attitude estimation and formation flight of small satellite systems.

Professor John Weyrauch

Design Build Fly Team Advisor

From the AEM Website: Professor Weyrauch serves as Industrial Professor of Design, which involves teaching and consulting to the AEM design classes: AEM 4331 and 4333. He uses his 40 years of industry experience in aerospace research and product development to help students determine the best ways to execute design projects and how to develop good team working relationships. Professor Weyrauch also participates in outreach activities at local schools on his experience in developing the space shuttle in the 70s and early 80s. His formal academic background is in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with an emphasis in control systems. He has worked for 4 major aerospace companies in his industrial career: McDonnell Douglas, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, and Alliant Techsystems.