The AIAA 2020 - 2021 Officers

General/Executive Officers
Project Lead Officers
Faculty Advisors

President

Campbell Dunham

Campbell is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in Astrophysics. This is Campbell’s third year in AIAA, where he fulfills his interest for space exploration and flight. Campbell has had various other experiences through the university such as studying abroad in London, UK his second year as well as participating as a member of the UMN Rocket Team. After he completes his undergraduate degree, Campbell hopes to pursue graduate school and eventually find an aerospace-related career in the industry.

Vice President

Nathan Pharis

Nathan is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in Computer Science. Nathan has been a part of AIAA for 3 years, and is also the current lead of SSDC.

Secretary

Aaron Gochanour

Treasurer

Elliott Higgins

President Emeritus

Robert Halverson

Robert is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics with a minor in Astrophysics. He began his experience in AIAA at UMNTC as the Purchasing Manager in Fall 2017, then held the roles of Treasurer and President in the student organization the following consecutive years. Robert is highly active in the Aerospace, Robotics, Dynamics, and Control lab and is first author on a paper pertaining to attitude control of flexible spacecraft. He plans to attend graduate school to continue studies in aerospace engineering and eventually work on spacecraft systems and launch operations in an industry setting.

Membership Chair

Tyler Douglas

Tyler is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in astrophysics. Tyler is the propulsion lead for the University of Minnesota rocket team where he develops high powered rocket motors to send a 14 foot 120 pound rocket to over 30,000 feet. Tyler also works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Aerospace, Robotics, Dynamics, and Control Laboratory working on a cable robotics system. In his free time he enjoys working on fun side projects and testing rocket motors. Tyler hopes to pursue a masters degree in aerospace engineering before moving into an industry position.

Event Coordinator

John Freeby

John is a Junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, with minors in both Astrophysics and German. He is also the Deputy Team Lead of SSDC, and a part of a few other organizations outside of engineering. After graduation, John plans to find a job in the industry, with grad school as a possible option later in life.

Outreach Coordinator

Alex Waxman

Webmaster

Timothy Dorn

Timothy is a Senior 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 project team lead of AIAA's Design, Build, Fly. After graduating, he plans to pursue a masters degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Marketing Manager

Ebise Teshale

Marketing Chair

Clare Graney-Dolan

Project Lead Officer, CanSat

Casey Carlson

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

Timothy Dorn

Timothy is a Senior 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 project team lead of AIAA's Design, Build, Fly. After graduating, he plans to pursue a masters degree in Aerospace Engineering.

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.