The AIAA 2017 - 2018 Officers

General/Executive Officers
Project Lead Officers
Faculty Advisors


Tiger Rost

Tiger is an Aerospace Engineering and Political Science student. Before becoming president of AIAA, he worked as both Vice President and Event Coordinator. Since then, he has led efforts to revitalize AIAA by changing its organization, accountability, positions, constitution, and quality of events. He hopes to be able to attend law school at some point.

Vice President

Cody Laakkonen

Cody (“The Brony”) Laakkonen is a senior that enjoys watching the award winning show “My Little Pony.” He also works at Aster Labs. When he is not watching TV or working, he spends his time jamming out to inspirational songs by Tupac.


Robert Halverson

Robert is a sophomore undergraduate student/Tae-Kwon-Do instructor majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in Astrophysics. Robert has a strong passion for flight, space, and all the in-betweens, specifically propulsion and controls. He plans to earn a masters degree in Aerospace Engineering following his undergraduate degree.


Sophia Vedvik

I am a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Mandarin Chinese. I’ve been a part of STDC for two years, and this is my first year in a leadership role with AIAA. I am in interested in avionics and aircraft control systems.

Event Coordinator

Alex Waxman

Outreach Coordinator

Campbell Dunham

Campbell is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. This is Campbell’s first year as a member of AIAA. He will be studying abroad in the spring in London at Queen Mary University of London. His other interests include basketball, movies, and music.

Membership Chair

Ramona White

Ramona is a sophomore undergrad student pursuing a major in Astrophysics and Computational Physics. She is a part of the project team STDC. A few of her hobbies include nordic skiing, writing music, and learning about the structure of the universe.

Project Lead Officer, CanSat

Anh Tran

Anh Tran is a junior Civil Engineering student. He is currently holding the leadership role of CanSat and a part STDC. Anh hopes to combine his knowledge of structure from civil engineering and his interest in aerospace engineering. His next goal, after surviving undergraduate, is applying for a Master’s degree in Space Engineering in Italy.

Project Lead Officer, Design/Build/Fly

Austin Kopesky

I am a junior in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. I have been the project manager for Design, Build, Fly for the past two years with a large contribution to 3D Modeling and Simulations. I plan to pursue a career in the Defense Industry working on UAV Vehicle Design and Technology.

Project Lead Officers, RC Club

Hamidreza Rezaei & Alex Waxman

Project Lead Officers, Space Transport Design Competition

Austin Wersonske and Torin McCabe

Austin: Austin is a senior studying Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Astrophysics, this is his fourth year as a part of STDC and his second year in a leadership role. He is interested in space exploration and aircraft design.

Torin: Torin is a senior studying Aerospace Engineering, with a minor in Astrophysics. This is his second year as a part of STDC, and his first year in a leadership role. Torin has an interest in aircraft design, aerodynamics, and astrophysics. He is also an amateaur darts player, and is the proud owner of two dogs, Rufus and Jupiter.

Project Lead Officer, LPRD Rocketry

Glen Smith

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.