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Space exploration offers humans a means of striving for something greater far beyond Earth, so I have dedicated the past 4 years of my life to exploring the possibilities of innovations in technology for space. I believe there comes a time when you have to start changing the world, otherwise the world will change without you. This is why we started STAC.

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Travis Brashears
Co-Founder & Engineering Design Lead
Engineering Physics

There are great knowns and great known unknowns, but what''s even more fascinating are those great unknown unknowns. Space is exactly one of those mysterious and spectacular final destinations for humans. With a relentless passion and intellectual curiosity, I explore the world with a state of adventurous and exploratory mind.

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Gan Tu
Co-Founder & Software Expert & Graphic Design
Computer Science Honors

Pursuing space travel is actually what pushed me toward engineering and computing. The idea of pushing the boundaries of what we can perceive and peeling away layers of abstraction from our idea of our own place in the universe has always appealed to me from an EE and more general perspective.

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Mia Mirkovic
Biosphere Project Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Space is an area of limitless possibilities and unchartered territory that not only inspires innovative technology but also excites creative ideas. Humans have the opportunity to learn new information through space exploration and research, which is why I''ve spent time working at NASA and would like to study space even further through STAC.

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Olivia Hsu
Co-Founder & TIME I Project Lead
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

I find high frequency telecommunications poetic that something so delicate, so minute, but so very deliberate, as the coded ripples in the electromagnetic fabric of reality around us can bring together all of mankind. With the inevitability of space exploration, it will be an incredibly humbling experience to extend the unshakable tenet of ubiquitous connectivity to mankind scattered across the stars.

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Hall Chen
Co-President
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

I enjoy working on electronics projects, and electronics for space present some unique challenges not found elsewhere. The STAC team offers me an opportunity to find solutions to these challenges while working with a unique, motivated, and outstanding group of individuals.

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Aviral Pandey
Engineering Director & Electrical Expert
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

I can''t live on Earth my entire life. There''s so much to see, so much to learn about our world, that it doesn''t make sense to not be interested in space. I love solving hard challenges, and space requires solving a lot of them. Also, pictures of space look awesome and star gazing is really fun!

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Sirej Dua
Autonomous Rover AI Project Lead
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Space instills unbridled curiosity because there''s just so much that we don''t know about it, and this type of curiosity has been fueling me to learn for many years in areas ranging from space to mathematics and engineering.

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Varun Khurana
CubeSat Deployer Project Lead
Mechanical Engineering & Pure Math

After countless trips to Kennedy space center and seeing the direct impact of innovations for the final frontier, I''ve been enthralled with space. I love the challenging atmosphere that surrounds technology in space. I love making wide variety of things and am currently focusing on the intersection of software, electronics and mechanical design.

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Kireet Agrawal
Senior Advisor
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

I''m an amateur space enthusiast here at Berkeley. I really enjoy designing stuff, and am super pumped to be a part of STAC!

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Brent Yi
Senior Advisor
Computer Science

I want to put all of my education and engineering skills towards extending the limits of human knowledge and innovation. I am extremely curious about what is out there in space and am so grateful that I found STAC, where I can fully unleash my ambition working with the most brilliant people I know.

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Daniel Sotsaikich
Senior Advisor
Mechanical Engineering

I love to learn and there is nothing more prodigious than exploring the depths of space. Growing up next to JPL, space research has always been part of my life. Design is also something that has always been important to me and the projects at STAC allow for us to help aid the human effort in space exploration in a variety of areas. I hope to learn as much as I can. As the writer Brandon Sanderson says, ''Journey before Destination.''

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Philipp Wu
Senior Advisor
EECS & Mechanical Engineering

I became interested in space after debating space policy my freshman year of high school. There has been a huge resurgence in space research within the past few years and I strive to apply AI to the next frontier. Space is no longer the abstract concept that people believe is out of reach\; it''s a place where we can have a positive impact.

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Malhar Patel
Senior Advisor
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

I''ve been interested in space exploration and experimentation ever since I learned about the possibility of life outside of Earth. I hope to utilize my experiences from working in Pieter Abbeel''s AI Robotics Lab and in Aerospace SAE to help design for the various projects in which STAC will participate. I''m extremely excited to see what this group of bright, passionate engineers can accomplish!

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Sepehr Rostamzadeh
Senior Advisor
Mechanical Engineering

I have a lot of passion for design. I''m extremely interested to see how engineering in space changes in the coming future and am excited to contribute to the advancement of our understanding of the great unknown. STAC has been a great organization that has bolstered my creativity and helped me foster closer relationships with my teammates. I look forward to exploring space with them!

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Albert Li
Senior Advisor
Mechanical Engineering

There are so many things we haven''t seen, and an incomprehensible amount of space for us to grow both physically and intellectually. I''m interested in furthering life beyond our terrestrial realm through building sustainable synthetic systems.

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David Mai
Senior Advisor
Bioengineering

I have diverse interests from space exploration to organic chemistry. I spend much of my time at the UC Berkeley Radio Astronomy Lab working on the HYPERION project probing signals from the Epoch of Reionization. I also enjoy competitive ballroom dance and cooking - perhaps the only thing more vast than the cosmos is the myriad of slow cooker recipes the internet has to offer.

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Daniel Shen
TIME I Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

Space is the gate to our future, holding answers to our earthly troubles and greater questions for us to explore. My biggest question is how can life exist in space, or on other planets? I seek to discover how we can spread and grow life beyond our little home.

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William Sharpless
Member
Molecular Environmental Biology

I''ve always had a wide and varying range of interests, but I''ve been pushed to STAC since I saw how diverse and multifaceted space exploration can be. I''m glad to be at the forefront of the current thread of space technology, and I hope to see my own code headed towards the stars.

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Connor Prisby
TIME Project Member
Computer Science

I am interested in space because of what is happening here on Earth. Our current understanding of nature and state of technology have put us in a position to answer the most compelling questions about what is out there.

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Alex Ungar
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Engineering Physics

I am interested in space because my dorm needs more of it. Jk. In reality, I''m interested in space exploration because in the past fifty years, it has brought out the best of humanity: curiosity, collaboration, and some of the most cutting edge technology of our time. Our world wouldn''t be the way it is today without space exploration.

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David Deng
TIME Project Member
Nuclear Engineering & Intended EECS

Space exploration and the development of space technology can open so many doors for humanity. There are answers to questions we haven''t even asked yet, and space allows us to learn about ourselves and the universe. I also think everyone should have the opportunity to go to space! It would be amazing for future generations to get to experience life beyond Earth.

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Andrea Padron
High Altitude Balloon Project Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

The constraints of space result in really amazing technologies, from efficient jet propulsion to long range communication to autonomous control. I''m really interested in the innovations that come from developing for these environmental conditions, and all the amazing things we can do from these inventions.

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Eric D`sa
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

My interest in space developed as a child while observing stars at night. I kept wondering what could be out there and why we know so little about it. From that day on I imagined myself going to space as an astronaut every day. How cool it would be to be able to spend a portion of my life in space. Today I work towards that goal by aiming to advance space exploration projects.

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Arda Hatay
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Mechanical Engineering & Physics

The space industry has so much growth potential with current improvements in reusable rocket technology, in companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic. Exploring the frontiers of space and beyond requires the highest level of engineering and innovation, and for a mechanical engineering student, contributions to humanity exploring the stars represent the greatest accomplishment.

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Richard Yuh
TIME Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

I want (people) to live on Mars someday, but I also think that stretching the limits of science for space exploration has an extraordinary capacity for ameliorating human health. I would love to someday work on nanoscale enzyme prototypes, bioengineered food systems, or lightweight medical devices that help keep astronauts healthy but also give way to medical or ecological earth-based applications.

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Christine Giuliano
TIME-2 Project Member
Bioengineering

Space is the final frontier! A lack of interest in it doesn''t even seem plausible to me. It''s thrilling that there are so many answers out there waiting to be found\; many questions to be asked. Space exploration and study could very well be necessary to lengthen the lifespan of the human race, which is by all measures a goal I am more than proud to work towards.

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Cody Yanna
CubeSat Deployer Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

Space to me is the final frontier. It represents the fact that people can do anything and literally go where no one has gone before, and that drives me as a technologist. I''d like to put my computer science skills to use to take people beyond the limits of imagination and atmosphere.

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Ruta Joshi
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Computer Science

I''m fascinated by the possibility of working on a tangible project that has the potential of actually being launched into space. Also, I''m a big Star Trek fan.

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Daksh Dave
Biosphere Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

There is so little known about space, which means there is so much there to discover. By advancing in space technologies, we can apply these innovations to further improve our lives. I believe that space is the catalyst for modern innovation. Also, stars are pretty.

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Timothy Huang
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

Space exploration will unlock a new realm of engineering and scientific inquiry, expanding our understanding of the universe and our place within it. I''m most focused on space technologies that help us understand the limits of life, as well as how we can protect Earth life that travels beyond our orbit.

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Tristan Caro
High Altitude Balloon Project Member
Molecular & Cell Biology

Space is the next frontier. Recent advances in materials, design tools, and manufacturing have expanded the limits of the things we can build and places we can go. Projects that were within the reach of only a small subset of specialists are now accessible to anyone with the drive and passion to explore the unknown. Personally, this is an opportunity I can''t ignore.

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Tim Barat
High Altitude Balloon Project Member
EECS

Since competing in NASA''s ZeroRobotics in high school, I''ve remained fascinated with space technology. I believe outer space has shaped modern culture, inspiring rapid innovation in communications, education, robotics, medicine and numerous other fields. I look forward to continuing the tradition of discovery.

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Evan Frenklak
CubeSat Deployer Project Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

I''ve had a fascination with space since I was a kid with glow-in-the-dark stars on my ceiling. I love to explore applications of AI/ML and space is a particularly exciting frontier.

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Gokul Swamy
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Space is an age-old frontier of human exploration. Its exploration presents some of the most complex and interesting challenges in engineering and science. Combined with my passion for working on electronics projects, STAC provides a unique opportunity to engage in both.

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Jason Hou
CubeSat Deployer Project Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

The need to know the unknown is probably one of the most fundamental characteristics to any human. We strive to gain an understanding of the universe around us, and I see no other way to do this but by aiming for the stars. The growing hunger to push the boundaries of what we can currently do in space is what will make the science fiction of today become the reality of tomorrow. Being a part of the movement working towards paving the way for future human exploration into the cosmos, well there isn''t anything else I would rather do.

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Alexander Zapata
TIME I Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

Men are weak now, and yet they transform the Earth''s surface. In millions of years their might will increase to the extent that they will change the surface of the Earth, its oceans, the atmosphere, and themselves. They will control the climate and the Solar System just as they control the Earth. They will travel beyond the limits of our planetary system\; they will reach other Suns, and use their fresh energy instead of the energy of their dying luminary.

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Junhao Yu
CubeSat Deployer Project Member
Mechanical Engineering & Physics

I''m interested in space because it''s currently the final frontier and truly innovative engineering is what it takes to further explore it. From that engineering, newly discovered technologies can be a significant impact in making the world a better place both on Earth and beyond.

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Kelvin Pang
TIME-2 Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

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Matthew Trepte
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

My passion for space began in 2nd grade with my admiration and respect for my female role model in STEM: Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Space specifically fascinates me because there is so much research and science to develop to aid us in exploring and learning about what the universe has to offer. Exploring the unknown, and being able to do that with so many degrees of freedom, is why I''m interested in space.

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Namrita Baru
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

The sheer distances involved in space have never ceased to amaze and intrigue me. At STAC, i''m able to directly research and learn more about space, gradually taking steps towards answering questions that fueled my passion in the first place.

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Neil Bhattacharjee
CubeSat Deployer Project Member
Intended Computer Science

I''m always excited to learn new things and new disciplines. Whether that be design or space exploration. I hope that by joining the team and engaging with all these other brilliant students and creators I can continue to grow and broaden my horizons.

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Rachel He
Graphic Designer
Economics

I took a seminar in modern physics in senior year of high school, and I loved learning about the frontiers of science. I think space is the most frontier-like of all the sciences: all of our current knowledge comes from an Earth-like environment, so space offers unlimited potential for discovery. I want to spend my entire life discovering new things, and that starts here at STAC!

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Steven Cao
TIME-2 Project Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

When I was younger, space and space travel terrified me\; even the experts knew so little about about it and that deeply worried me. As I grew older, I started to learn more about what we didn''t know yet and my fear turned into curiosity. Now, the unknown quality of space is what fuels me to discover what it truly is and how humans will get there.

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Victoria Yim
High Altitude Balloon Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

I''m pursuing excellence in engineering management. The STAC team is incredibly passionate and innovative. I am so excited to do anything I can to further our discovery in space technology. I am heavily involved in the logistics, recruiting, and financing of multiple engineering teams and research projects, and hope to turn those skills into a career in furthering science and engineering.

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Camille Stuczynski
Member
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

I am passionate about shaping our future in space and working on projects that really matter. The opportunities for space exploration are boundless and offer unique challenges. Hands-on learning is my favorite building and testing is what I love most. I have experience in a variety of disciplines including product design and flight controls engineering, and I also carry a private pilot license.

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Emily Stednitz
Mechanical Expert
Mechanical Engineering

I have been interested in space ever since I started watching Futurama as a kid, and firmly believe that humanity will settle beyond Earth in our lifetime. I study engineering so that I can be a part of that great endeavour in any way I can.

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Abhishyant Khare
Member
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

The future of humanity is written in the stars. The next big step in our evolution is reaching beyond our world to others unknown. I want to do everything that I can to help us get to closer to knowing more about the universe. There are untold wonders out there to be found!

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Ravi Dashputre
CubeSat Team
Intended Applied Math

I built my first cubesat in high school as part of the Irvine CubeSat project and wanted to keep working on amazing hands on projects that end up in space.

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Mark Hill
CubeSat Team
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science