CRT has 3 team leads who are responsible for ensuring that the team succeeds in competition.
The Airframe subteam handles the overall structure, propulsion, and recovery systems of the competition launch vehicle. The subteam will choose the rocket motor, design the parachute recovery system, design the interfaces between payloads, and perform rocket motion simulations to accurately predict the launch vehicle’s altitude of apogee. The Airframe subteam will manufacture each non-payload section of the launch vehicle, and the subteam will also prepare the completed launch vehicle for flight.
Jacob Mensah is a Freshman Mechanical Engineering Major from Virginia. He grew up in several countries, most notably Ghana and garnered his interest in aerospace technology during his earlier years as a grade student. When prompted with unrestrained time, Jacob enjoys partaking in astronomy, swimming, and playing his trumpet.
Bob is a sophomore in the College of Engineering, intending to major in Mechanical Engineering. He was born in China, but graduated high school in Clayton, Missouri. He enjoys making YouTube videos and started a YouTube channel in high school with some friends back in high school. In his free time, he loves playing clarinet concertos, tossing a frisbee, and playing Overwatch.
Brian Dempsey is a freshman Applied and Engineering Physics Major. He is a member of the airframe subteam and is excited to learn more about rocketry. In his free time, he enjoys playing hockey and mountain biking.
Daniel is a sophomore
Xiaoxiang Ma is a freshman Design and Environmental Analysis major. He is interested in rockets and hopes to learn more about rocketry. In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton and exploring campus.
The Business team handles the team’s finances, sponsors, events, and logistics. The business team ensures that the team always has the funding to complete our operations, and always has the organization to bring our team to the NASA Student Launch.
Priscilla Wong is a senior that intends to major in mechanical engineering. She is from Brooklyn and is also a member of Phenomenon Step Team. She enjoys traveling and hopes to someday visit all the continents.
Simran Shinh is a sophomore from Swedesboro, New Jersey planning to major in Operations Research and Information Engineering and pursue a career in Data Science. She enjoys art and fencing and also has a love of ducks and chocolate.
Kevin Liu is a junior mechanical engineering major from the suburbs of Philadelphia. He enjoys reading and watching Game of Thrones, Dragon Ball, cooking, and watching MMA. He also plays ultimate frisbee with the Cornell Buds.
Stephanie is from Great Neck, New York, and she is a sophomore in the College of Engineering. She plans to major in Computer Science. She is excited to learn more about webdesign on the business subteam. In her free time, she likes to read and drink bubble tea.
Valiko Ergemlidze is a freshman currently planning to major in mathematics. He is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He likes to travel, hike, and go meteorite hunting. His favorite place to visit is Georgia (Europe).
Kati Hsu is a sophomore Computer Science major in the College of Engineering who gets her love for programming from her parents who also majored in Computer Science. One of her biggest passions is running (away from her responsibilities) and therefore has become really good at not sleeping from all the all-nighters she pulls. She is also interested in pursuing a business minor, but outside of academics, she loves to work out and play sports like tennis and volleyball, hike, and spend time with her family.
The Communications subteam handles communication with and tracking of the rocket in flight. The Comms team designs and creates a module to be flown on the launch vehicle which provides the team with continuous information about the rocket’s position and velocity. Once the launch vehicle has landed, the Comms team handles recovery and tracking.
Anita Sharma is a sophomore intending on majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering. Originally from California, she is interested in computer security, hiking, graphic design, and video games.
Zack Shen is a junior computer science major in Cornell's College of Engineering. Born in China and raised in the US, Zack currently hails from Kennett Square, PA -- the Mushroom Capital of the World. Zack loves music and plays various instruments. His other hobbies include skiing (downhill and park)/snowboarding and being mediocre at tennis with friends. Zack's academic interests include cyber security and computational linguistics.
Yash Sahota is a freshman from San Antonio, TX. While he currently plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering, he also has interests in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. Yash also enjoys photography, cycling, game design, and hackathons.
Henrietta "Henri" Clarke
Henrietta is a sophomore from Virginia majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering with plans for a minor in Computer Science. She is passionate about social activism, and in her free time she draws and takes care of the plants growing on her windowsill.
Alisha Mithal is a sophomore studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering. In addition to aerospace, her academic interests include learning about electrical engineering, distributed systems, computer security, cryptography, CAD, and animation. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, painting, practicing martial arts, and rock climbing.
Alex Li is a sophomore majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He hails from the suburbs outside of New York City (but not Westchester). His interests include entrepreneurship, sustainability, and space! On campus, he is a member of CUABS, participates in undergraduate research, and is a brother in Llenroc. In his free time he likes to explore the gorges, play tennis, and take pictures.
Deployable Rover System (DRS)
Christopher Vann is a sophomore planning on majoring in mechanical engineering. He grew up in London and developed a passion for the history of aviation, and aerospace. His hobbies include reading, playing video games and food.
Rebecca Jiang is a junior mechanical engineer from Virginia. She is a co-lead of CRT, as well as a member of the Controlled Landing Mechanism subteam. Rebecca joined CRT as a freshman in fall 2014, after having developed an interest in rocketry in high school years. Some of her other interests include cats and crocheting.
Wilson is a sophomore from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, planning on majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in aerospace. He hopes to be building airplanes and/or rockets as a career in the future. As of now, however, his favorite pastime is eating.
Harrison is a junior from the small town of Holland, NY. He is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in computer science and is passionate about space exploration and the environment. In addition to leading the DRS subteam, he works as a researcher for the Autonomous Systems Lab and as a practice leader for Cornell Sport Tae Kwon Do.
Neha Seetamraju is a freshman planning on majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. She is interested in aerospace, math, and psychology. In her free time, she likes to read books, take photos, perform Indian classical dance, and volunteer for a variety of causes that she is passionate about.
Nathan Messuri is a sophomore from Ashland, MA planning on majoring in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. Inspired at a young age by articles and shows about advances in aerospace technology and space exploration, Nate has been pursuing rocketry since high school. Nate also enjoys rugby, poker, and climbing.
Electrical and Software (E&S)
The E&S subteam designs and programs the electronics and software necessary to control the two science payloads. The subteam will develop a camera and software system which can successfully distinguish between different colored targets on the ground during the launch vehicle’s flight. The E&S subteam will also develop a control system to accurately measure and control the launch vehicle’s roll.
Sanskriti is from Dublin, Ohio and is currently a sophomore in the College of Arts and Science and she planning on majoring in Electrical and Computer Science. She is part of the Electrical and Software subteam. In her free time, Sanskriti enjoys reading books and cooking.
Chris is from Palmdale, California and has a love for anything that flies, whether that be rockets or aircraft. He is planning on majoring in electrical engineering and going on to work in the aerospace industry. He is a student glider pilot with a plan to get his license before he graduates. He is also an avid skier who enjoys the snow.
Frank Li is a sophomore from Bloomington, Indiana, majoring in Computer Science and Electrical Computer Engineering. While he mainly works on the software for the payloads, he also knows his way around the electrical aspect of the rocket. In his spare time, Frank enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, and weight lifting.
Laasya Renganathan is a sophomore from Cary, North Carolina, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a minor in Computer Science. Outside of Rocketry, she enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, playing piccolo in the Big Red Marching Band, taking naps, dog spotting, making memes, and scouring Cornell campus for free food.
Serena Krech is a Junior in the College of Engineering from Arlington, TX. She is planning on majoring in electrical and computer engineering, and is the lead of the Electrical and Software subteam. In her free time, Serena enjoys watching movies, baking, and hiking.
Brandon Guo is a freshman from Westwood, Massachusetts. He is planning on majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science or maybe both. He enjoys going bowling, playing ultimate frisbee, listening to alternative rock music, beating people in SSB Melee and collecting fountain pens.
Sam is a freshman from Maryland in the College of Arts and Sciences. He plans on majoring in Physics and is part of the Electrical and Software sub-team. Sam loves soccer, space, and solid state physics and in his free time is an avid napper.
Independent Test and Validation (INTEV)
The INTEV subteam ensures that all components across all systems are thoroughly tested and verified. INTEV subteam members work closely with members of other subteams to design and build test rigs, write test procedures, and perform tests on actual flight hardware. The INTEV team is essential to the successful integration and verification of all system components.
Brian Johnson is a senior from Binghamton, NY studying mechanical engineering. Inspired by the works of science fiction icons like Isaac Asimov, Brian is interested in robotics and controls. He intends to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a focus on controls and dynamics. Outside of his studies, Brian enjoys reading, hiking, drawing, and watching movies.
Liam Patterson is a sophomore studying electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he enjoys all things tech and is always looking for the next big thing. He tends to think best above the clouds (but still maintains VFR) and he has a fond appreciation for wombats and turtles.
Alex is a sophomore from Connecticut intending to major in ECE. He joined Cornell rocketry already with a passion for it after taking aerospace classes at his high school. Math and Science have always been strong points for him, but he enjoys playing sports and keeping active just as much as a competitive rower for four years. Fun fact: World record in Mario Kart Wii, fastest lap GBA Bowser Castle 3.
Danny is a junior in AEP from Montgomery, NJ. He is interested in physics and aerospace engineering, and he hopes to work in the aerospace industry. Outside of studies, he enjoys hiking and rock climbing, playing guitar, and anything involving dogs.
Stephen is a freshman from Connecticut studying mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. He has always had a passion for rockets and has no problem staying up until 3 am to watch a live launch. He loves tinkering with 3d printers, but is generally better at taking them apart than putting them back together. In his free time he enjoys reading, Tae Kwon Do, and gaming.
Matt Schneider is a freshman from Austin, Texas and is interested in studying mechanical engineering. Academically, he hopes to focus on aerospace in general and propulsion in particular. In his free time he enjoys road cycling, running, sailing, and playing soccer.
After building and flying rockets for years during my youth, I rediscovered rocketry about 10 years ago, and began flying with a local club up in Geneseo NY. I progressed through the certification levels, finally achieving Level 3 in 2010. I currently serve on the board of directors and Prefect of URRG, the Upstate Research Rocketry Group, and my current rocketry interests are minimum diameter high power launch vehicles, and research propellant development. I am a Facility Manager for Cornell, and live in Trumansburg, NY with my wife Susan, and children Dean and Emily.
Daniel Selva received a PhD in Space Systems from MIT in 2012, and he is Assistant Professor at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, where he directs the Systems Engineering, Architecture, and Knowledge (SEAK) Lab and teaches systems architecture and spacecraft engineering. His research interests focus on the application of knowledge engineering, global optimization and machine learning techniques to systems engineering and architecture, with a strong focus on space systems. Prior to MIT, Daniel worked for four years in Kourou (French Guiana) as an avionics specialist within the Ariane 5 Launch team. Daniel has a dual background in electrical engineering and aeronautical engineering, with degrees from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, and Supaero in Toulouse, France. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.