Project-Wide Leadership

Nolan Pickett

Program Manager
nrpicket@mtu.edu

Nolan Pickett is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. He worked on the Thermals team for over a year before becoming the Program Manager. He has previously interned for Plexus Corp. as a Process Engineer and LaFarge Holcim as a Maintenance Engineer. Nolan hopes to complete a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and pursue a position in the aerospace industry.

Matthew Sietsema

Chief Engineer
mvsietse@mtu.edu

Matthew is a 4th year undergraduate pursuing a double-major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. He is also a member of Michigan Tech’s Jazz Lab Band, serving as the group’s Lead Trombonist. He hopes to eventually obtain a full-time position in the defense industry as a Space Systems Engineer.

Subteam Leadership

Attitude Determination & Control

Madison Turner

Team Leader
mpturner@mtu.edu

Hello! My name is Madison Turner. I am currently a 4th year student pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Aerospace Engineering. I began working as a member of the ADC subteam in the spring of 2019 and have spent my summers working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Upon graduation in the fall of 2021, I will be pursuing a career in the automotive or aerospace industries and have plans to earn a graduate degree in Business Administration.

Ross Smyth

Systems Engineer
crsmyth@mtu.edu

Ross is a 2nd year Mechanical Engineering student, and has been on the ADC subteam since the beginning of 2018. He has worked at the Keweenaw Research Center since mid-2018, and once he graduates sometime in the future, most likely in 2021, he plans to get a full-time job in the aerospace industry.

Auris Payload

Logan Schexnaydre

Team Leader
lpschexn@mtu.edu

Logan is a 2nd year Computer and Electrical Engineering major. He has been contributing in developing the mission science of the Auris Mission for the three semesters he has been on the Aerospace Enterprise. He has worked at Oakland University as a Undergraduate Researcher. Logan plans to be pursue graduate school after graduating in Spring 2021.

Thomas Ziegler

Systems Engineer
tdziegle@mtu.edu

Thomas is a 3rd year Electrical and Computer Engineering major, who hopes to graduate in the winter of 2021.  After graduating, he hopes to pursue a career involving radios. He is interested in electromagnetics, control systems, and signal processing. 

Communications

Erik Ekola

Team Leader
eaekola@mtu.edu

Erik Ekola is a 4th year undergraduate pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Erik joined the Aerospace Enterprise 3 years ago and has been the Team Leader of the Telecommunications Team for 2 years. He enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, exploring, and skiing in the Keweenaw Peninsula and around the Midwest. After graduation in the Spring 2021 semester, Erik will work for Douglas Machine Inc. as a Controls Engineer.

Rachel Mellin

Systems Engineer
remellin@mtu.edu

Hello, my name is Rachel and I’m a third year Electrical Engineering major at MTU.

Electrical Power System

Wyatt Wagoner

Team Leader
wtwagone@mtu.edu

Wyatt Wagoner is a 5th-year Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering major. He has worked as an Embedded Systems Engineer Intern for Extreme Engineering Solutions. After graduation, he plans to obtain a full-time position in the aerospace or defense industry.  

Thomas Olsen

Systems Engineer
thomaso@mtu.edu

Thomas is a 3rd-year Electrical Engineering major that is expecting to graduate in the spring of 2022. He has worked as an intern on HVAC systems in the Littoral Combat Ships at Fincantieri Marinette Marine. After graduation, he hopes to get a job in the aerospace industry.

Ground Support Equipment

Jon Gietek

Team Leader
jggietek@mtu.edu

Jon Gietek is a 3rd year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major, with minors in Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering. He has had a summer internship with Florida Power and Light as a Instruments and Controls Intern. Jon plans to obtain a full-time position in the Aerospace Industry after graduation in Spring of 2021.

Josh Perrine

Systems Engineer
jwperrin@mtu.edu

Josh is a 3rd year Electrical Engineering major. He hopes to work in the aerospace or automotive industry. He is from Brighton, Michigan and loves fishing, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

Mission Operations

Courtney Melville

Team Leader
camelvil@mtu.edu

Courtney is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering major and an Aerospace Engineering minor. She will graduate from Michigan Tech in Spring 2021. She hopes to acquire a full time position in the aerospace field doing mission planning and operation.

Matthew Carey

Systems Engineer
mjcarey@mtu.edu

Matthew Carey is a 3rd year undergraduate pursuing a degree Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. He joined the enterprise during his sophomore year and later transitioned to the role of systems engineer for the Mission Operations team. After graduation, Matthew plans to find a full-time position within the aerospace and defense industry.

Software

Zoe Knoper

Team Leader
zrknoper@mtu.edu

Zoe is a 2nd year undergraduate student working towards a bachelors in Computer Science and an associates in Humanities. In Summer of 2020 she worked at Haworth for the Laminated Products Plant as an intern for internal projects. She hopes to find a job in defense contracting or the aerospace industry after graduating. In her free time she enjoys watercolor painting, playing guitar, and spending time with her dog.

Joey Arner

Systems Engineer
dakamin@mtu.edu

Joey Arner is a 3rd year Computer Science student with a Cybersecurity minor. He has been actively involved in the development of the Stratus Safe mode and system integration. For the past two summers he has interned at the small company CRI that works on airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Spring 2022, Joey plans to find a job in Computer Science, possibly in the Aerospace industry.

Structures

Elijah Newton

Team Leader
ebnewton@mtu.edu

Elijah Newton is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering major, with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. Elijah has Interned with East Jordan Iron Works twice and once with Space Dynamics Laboratory. He also recently finished a 7 month long co-op with MIT Lincoln Laboratory in their Structural and Thermal-Fluids group. Upon graduation in Fall 2021, he plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a Master’s degree.

Samantha Zerbel

Systems Engineer
smzerbel@mtu.edu

Samantha is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. Last summer she interned at Marinette Marine and enjoys swimming in her free time. She sees herself having a career in the aerospace industry after she graduates in spring of 2022.

Thermal Engineering

Madison Rosiek

Team Leader
mlrosiek@mtu.edu

Madison Rosiek is a 3rd-year undergraduate pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. She is able to pursue her passions in skiing and helping other communities by working as a ski instructor and being a member of Engineers Without Borders. Madison plans to obtain a full-time position in the Aerospace Industry after graduation.

Emi Colman

Systems Engineer
ejcolman@mtu.edu

3rd year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. She has had a summer internship with SRS Pharmacy Systems Inc. Emi plans to work in the Aerospace Industry after graduating in Spring of 2022.

Internal Operations

Kameron O’Leary

Team Leader keoleary@mtu.edu

Kameron O’Leary is a 5th year Engineering Management student. He has been a part of the Aerospace Enterprise Since Fall of 2019.

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