Jackson Cook is currently a senior majoring in Computer Science with a focus in business management. Jackson is a new addition to the LRRT at Lenoir-Rhyne this year, and he maintains a full-time job while attending school at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Managing school, his job, and the LRRT has helped Jackson learn how to efficiently manage his time. He was given the lead position of business manager, which oversees the project and ensures it runs smoothly throughout the duration of NASA USLI 2018-2019. He is excited to bring his outside knowledge to the LRRT to help make this year’s project a success. After graduation, Jackson plans to be employed in the Information Technology field as a business analyst.
Brett Edward Haas is a junior majoring in Engineering Physics at Lenoir-Rhyne. Brett has participated in last year’s 2017-18 NASA USLI competition as the altimeter engineer, and he is the Safety Officer this year. Brett also enjoys learning about systems integration and plans to increase his skills in electronics. He intends to pursue a graduate education in engineering and is also minoring in mathematics. Brett enjoys high adventure and is from Grandfather Mountain, NC.
Juan Leonel Hernandez is currently a senior majoring in Engineering Physics. He participated in the 2017 NASA Solar Eclipse Ballooning Project and in last year’s 2017-18 NASA USLI Competition as the Project Manager and Electrical Lead. Juan had the opportunity to intern at the Aerospace Corporation in the Battery Evaluation Laboratory last summer. While there, he helped run tests for Lithium-Ion, Nickel-Cadmium, and Nickel-Hydrogen batteries that are present in satellites and payloads deployed today. This year, Juan was given the position as the Lead Engineer and Payload/Rover team leader. His knowledge from previous projects and industry experience will strongly contribute to the LRRT’s involvement in this year’s competition.
Jake Hakeem Morgan-Robinson is currently a senior majoring in Engineering Physics. In the past, he participated in the NASA 2017 Solar Eclipse Balloon Project and the 2017-2018 NASA USLI Competition as the Recovery Team Lead. After graduation, he will be furthering his education in graduate school to set his career path. He enjoys learning material pertaining to physics and engineering. Jake’s vision and dream is to explore the world. His family is originally from Costa Rica, and he has lived in the United States for a good portion of his life.
C. Aaron Kennedy is currently a Junior majoring in Engineering Physics. In the past, he participated in the 2017-2018 NASA USLI Competition as the Rocket Team Lead. During the past summer, Aaron attended and successfully graduated from Army Basic Camp CST. He was awarded a two year Army ROTC Scholarship through the UNC Charlotte ROTC program. After college, Aaron will commision into the Army where he intends to make a career as an Army Officer. Aaron is also a pitcher for the Lenoir-Rhyne University baseball team and enjoys working on cars and motorcycles in his spare time.
Erik Carranza is currently a senior Engineering Physics major with prior experience as the mechanical team lead in the 2017-2018 NASA USLI Competition. He also participated in the NASA 2017 Eclipse Balloon Project. He enjoys the process of designing solutions to solve problems or accomplish a desired goal, and he especially enjoys doing hands on work to fabricate designs. Following graduation, Erik plans to begin his engineering career in mechanical engineering.
Prashil Dulal is currently a Junior double-majoring in Computer Science and Information Technology. Prashil graduated from Wake Early College of Health and Sciences in Raleigh, NC. This is his first year participating in the NASA USLI Competition. Prashil joined the LRRT at Lenoir-Rhyne University because of his childhood dream of working for NASA as well as designing rockets. His interest in aerial objects have blossomed, which led to him to join the team. Additionally, in middle school, Prashil participated in a Science Olympiad. Prashil loves programming and playing video games.
Spencer Furches is currently a senior majoring in Engineering Physics. In the past, he participated in the NASA 2017 Solar Eclipse Balloon Project and the 2017-2018 NASA USLI Competition. Along with being a full-time student at Lenoir-Rhyne University and taking part in the LRRT, Spencer maintains a full-time job. In his free time, he enjoys working on older cars and trucks.
Angel Martin is currently a freshman Engineering Physics major with a focus in biophysics. This is her first year participating in the NASA USLI Competition. Angel joined the LRRT because of her interest in the engineering and aerospace fields. She participated in Project Lead the Way throughout middle and high school. She plans to major in Engineering Physics at Lenoir-Rhyne and then go to graduate school to study Aerospace Engineering. Outside of the LRRT, Angel is a member of the LR Cross Country and Track and Field teams as well as a member of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Honors Academy and Engaged Scholars Programs. Angel hopes to make a great asset to the team and make new friends as she continues with the team.
Táles Miranda is a Junior Engineering Physics major at Lenoir-Rhyne. He is a student-athlete from Brazil and is a member of the LR tennis team. This is Táles’s second year on the rocket team. Last year, he worked with the rocket and recovery teams. He plans to go to graduate school to study engineering after he graduates from Lenoir-Rhyne.
Kaleb Davis is a Freshman majoring in Engineering Physics at Lenoir-Rhyne University. This is Kaleb’s first year participating in the NASA USLI Competition as a member of the LRRT. Kaleb brings prior experience with industrial engineering working as a CNC machine operator and product engineer at Custom Educational Furnishings and Precisions Materials since 2014. Kaleb will contribute to the LRRT through design work as well as product development using his prior experience in CNC work. Kaleb is also a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field team where he competes in the decathlon. After completing his undergraduate degree, Kaleb plans to work as a product engineer for Custom Educational Furnishings, which is where he is currently employed.
Claire Neibergall is currently a senior at Lenoir-Rhyne University. While studying Computer Science, she also plays defense for the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team. Claire is originally from Springfield, Illinois. This is Claire’s first year of participating in the NASA’s USLI competition on the LRRT. She is excited to help the team as the web developer and the outreach coordinator. After graduation, Claire plans to work for Teachers Insurance and Annuity (TIAA-CREF) in the cybersecurity department in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Douglas Knight received a Bachelor’s in Physics from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Master’s in Applied Physics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a Precision Engineering Concentration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His current position is that of Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He has previously taught mechanical engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, physics and engineering at Mitchell Community College, math and physics at multiple high schools, and is presently teaching engineering physics related courses at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He has mentored two previous high school USLI teams, three university USLI teams at Mitchell Community College, and was the rocket mentor for four University of North Carolina at Charlotte USLI teams. Dr. Knight mentored three RockSat-C teams at Mitchell Community College, the Eclipse Ballooning team at Lenoir-Rhyne and numerous Team America Rocketry Challenge teams, with one of his teams winning the competition in 2006. He is also managing the North Carolina High Altitude Balloon Competition for North Carolina Space Grant. Dr. Knight has also managed and participated in multiple “pumpkin chunkin” competitions. He is a born again rocketeer who started flying rockets since 2002. He is both NAR and TRA Level 2 certified.