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The people who make it happen

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

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

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

Space is often looked at as where our future is heading, but I don''t think many people realize how much of it is already a part of what we do. From the incredible span of NASA spinoffs to the new modes of industry it allows for, space is the motivation that has pushed us there. I know space technology will only continue to set off even more chain reactions that go on to help everyone, and I hope to let our world appreciate and get involved with it more!

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Anoushka Giri
Co-President
Mechanical Engineering

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

Aspiring to become a chemical engineer, I have been interested in sustainable energy and environment. Space is a place full of possibilities, and I would love to explore it with my knowledge and skills learnt at Cal and STAC. Also, I''m just thrilled to work with all STAC members!

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Audrey Zhao
Internal Vice President
Chemical Engineering

Space captured my attention after I became involved with the hackathon arena in high school. To me, it''s the perfect way to unleash the power of a computer and make exciting new discoveries using open data. Studying space is my way of engaging with my surroundings - it''s a link between my interests in engineering and the natural world.

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Shaantam Chawla
External Vice 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 have always had a passion for space since I was a child. For me, space is the future and space is the ultimate destination for humanity. The innovations that come from space exploration just blows my mind and makes me profound at what we can achieve. There is so much in space that we don''t understand and I want to be able to discover these unknowns myself.

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James Mang
Financial Director
Intended Astrophysics and Chemistry

Ever since I was little, I''ve had butterflies in my stomach just looking up at the night sky and asking questions about space, a place where physical limits are tested and pushed to their extremes. I hope to inhabit the seemingly uninhabitable and create technology that will help people, all with the goal of exploring the universe.

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Makena Fetzer
High Altitude Balloon Project Lead
Astrophysics

In an era where technology has improved by leaps and bounds, the ability of space exploration has unlocked a new realm for discovery and learning. The sheer vastness of space is intimidating, yet so intriguing. I hope to help those around me and push the barriers of what we think is possible.

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Chelsey Fang
TIME II Project Lead & Chemical Engineering Expert
Chemical Engineering

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

Even since I was a child, I was fascinated with space. Watching episodes of The Universe everyday after school, and seeing the vastness and mysteriousness of space fueled my curiosity. But space also has the potential to solve humanities greatest problems, and I''m excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the space revolution.

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David Yang
Autonomous Rover Mechanical Project Lead
Mechanical Engineering

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

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 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''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 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

The sophistication and innovation of the first satellites and space technologies sparked my passion for the subject. We are in the midst of a new era of space exploration, and I’m excited to tackle the unique challenges that space presents. STAC gives me the opportunity to pursue my passions alongside a group of inspiring teammates.

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Jacob Warnagieris
Web Development Officer & CubeSat Project Member
Data Science & Computer Science Minor

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 exploration is challenging. It pushes us to the limits of design, planning, and control. And it is this unforgiving battle against the elements (or lack thereof) that gives space exploration its allure. Not to mention the beauty and excitement that comes with discovering the unknown.

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Bradley Qu
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Computer Science

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 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

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

Creating and designing technology to endure the harsh challenges of space pushes the limits of human creativity. The future of the human race relies on us becoming a spacefaring civilization by utilizing this creativity. STAC is the perfect opportunity for me as an undergraduate to start working towards this future.

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Evan Braun
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

Sooner or later, humankind is going to evolve beyond Earth. Space is our inevitable, irresistible destiny. But first, our fledgling species has to leave the nest and that''s where our generation comes in, paving the runway to the stars and unlocking the door to a future of infinite potential.

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Jonathan Lee
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Materials Science and Engineering

Learning about the development of the universe allows us to learn more about our own origins as living beings. Studying seemingly obscure topics such as cosmology or planetary and stellar sciences can help us learn more about why and how we came to be. STAC''s mission to enable life beyond earth is yet another step to allow us to discover more about ourselves.

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Kevin Tang
High Altitude Balloon Project Member
Astrophysics & 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 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

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

After coming to UC Berkeley, I became very interested in aerospace through my engineering classes and certain aerospace clubs on campus. Space fascinates me because there is so much still unknown for us to explore and experiment. I am excited to take part in this exploration of space while expressing my creative freedom through STAC.

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Brian Lo
Engineering Officer & CubeSat Team
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

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 didn''t used to know that you could want to be an engineer and not be interested in space! I''ve loved space exploration and technology since I was a kid, and I hope to expand my knowledge while contributing to our species'' ability to understand and operate in space.

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Ben Hoberman
TIME I Project Member
Engineering Physics

It seems like only yesterday that I sat glued to the television watching space shuttle launches. Since then, I''ve interned at NASA Ames and JPL working on AI and instruments research for novel spacecraft missions. My dream is to become an astronaut and I hope to contribute to our journey into space in the spirit of exploration and pioneering.

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Alex Gao
Autonomous Rover Project Member
EECS

The possibility of living in space has captured my imagination ever since I was a kid. While I know I won''t be able to do so, being able to help get us there one day is what drives me!

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Thomas Cheung
TIME II Project Member
Molecular and Cell Biology - Genetics, Genomics, and Development

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

In all of my mathematics, physics, and engineering courses, there have always been certain conditions that we were told to take as given or constant such as gravity or the behavior of molecules\; however, space as an environment for both thought experiments and engineering completely blows the top off of that system, both forcing one to adapt to new constraints or variability and opening up a limitless world of possibilities.

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Levi Evans
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Applied Math & Industrial Engineering Minor

When I was little, I had a book in my room about outer space. Every night I would look at the pictures and wonder how they knew so much about something so far away. Now I want to help learn more about our universe, and STAC is helping me reach that goal.

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Riley Lyman
High Altitude Balloon Project Member
Computer Science

I believe that advancements in space technology is the frontier of scientific innovations and I want to be part of this movement. History has shown that every step forward we have taken in space technology, we have gone ten steps forward in innovation on Earth. I want to contribute to expedite this process and taken humanity to the next generation. We, as humans, are bound to reach a brighter future and I want to be part of that effort.

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Jesse Orozco
TIME II Project Member
Chemical Engineering

To me, space represents the limits of imagination. The hottest, coldest, largest and smallest things exist in space\; things that we can''t even wrap our heads around. Space exploration brings us closer to understanding these strange frontiers, and I am honored to be a part of that process.

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Peter Connors
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Materials Science and Engineering

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

I think it’s humbling to know that if we work hard here on Earth, get our calculations right, and engineer tough enough technologies, we can take steps closer to even the furthest reaches of the universe. Space exploration provides opportunities to do things no one else has done before, and I’m excited to contribute towards this goal.

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Lily Zheng
TIME I Project Member
Mechanical Engineering & EECS Minor

For me, not only does space exploration represents the pinnacle of human achievement and scientific endeavour but also a figurehead of progress. I firmly believe that the future of the human species is multi-planetary and I am interested in contributing to that progression.

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Paul Kottering
CubeSat Project Member
Intended Physics & Applied Mathematics

Space is the least explored frontier with the greatest number of opportunities for innovation. I fell in love with the possibility of building a colony on mars, vacationing on the moon, or anything else my imagination could come up with.

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Vidish Gupta
TIME I Project Member
EECS

As Carl Sagan said, ''the Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.'' There is so much outside of our little bubble that we have yet to truly understand, along with so many doors yet to be open. I''m not exactly sure what I am hoping to find out in the great beyond, I just know that I have to keep searching.

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Morgan Nanez
CubeSat Project Member
Intended Computer Science & Astrophysics

''Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.''- Star Trek

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Adiyan Kaul
Autonomous Rover Project Member
EECS

I have always been intrigued by the intricacy and complexity of space. I want to utilize my knowledge to push for innovations and discoveries in the vast unknown. What we can achieve in space will be profound, and I am excited to be a part of that movement.

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Sally Peng
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Engineering Physics & EECS Minor & German Minor

I''ve always been fascinated by space\; in fact, I first chose to become an engineer because I dreamed of designing a new generation of air and spacecraft. In an age where there is little of the Earth left to discover, one naturally looks to the stars, and I hope to do my own part in making space colonisation less of a dream, and more of a reality.

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Ishaan Srivastava
Autonomous Rover Project Member
Materials Science and Engineering

Before humankind there was space and long after we exit this world space will continue on virtually untouched. There is so much to explore and to be a part of these discoveries would make my life the most fulfilling.

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Gabi Directo
High Altitude Balloon Project Member
Mechanical Engineering & Applied Linguistics Minor

Thirty years ago, the voyager spacecraft took its last peek at the earth. In its eye, the earth appeared as a tiny dot, so negligible against the vast universe. The image evokes an awe-inspiring sensation in many of its viewers including me. Comparing to the grandeur of the universe, the earth inevitably loses its lust: the violent history it went through is not so significant\; the various dwellers it incubates may not be so unique. Living deep inside the society, we constantly accept our environment as the totality of our universe, failing to recognize the existence of a much wider one filled with highly-energetic particles traveling close to the speed of light, humongous stars clusters spanning across hundreds of lightyears, and exploding stars outshining a whole galaxy. Therefore, driven by the simplest and purest motivation, curiosity, I let go of my imagination to be carried by the wonders of the universe.

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Che Liu
CubeSat Project Member
Intended Physics & Pure Mathematics

As an aspiring mechanical engineer, I want to be a part of the advancement of space technology to further explore space. I''m very interested in space because I want to know more about what''s the great unknown and to expand our knowledge of space''s complexity. I joined STAC to challenge myself in design and creativity.

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Jessica Yuan
CubeSat Project Member
Mechanical Engineering

Nobody really knows how bacteria react to being in space and in many extreme environments, bacteria and other microorganisms thrive to the exclusion of many other forms of life. I am interested in space because it offers a great opportunity to understand the physiology of how microorganisms adapt to the final, unexplored frontier.

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Joseph Maa
TIME II Project Member
Microbial Biology

Growing up, my parents always encouraged me to explore my curiosity with space and science. I love the interdisciplinary nature of space research and the boundless possibilities of this field. I''m excited to contribute to the innovative research being conducted through Space Tech at Cal.

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Katelyn Yu
Research Officer
Environmental Sciences