CySat - Iowa State University Make to Innovate Program (Aer E 494)

CySat is Iowa State's NASA CubeSat program designed for students of all engineering majors to gain experience with astronautics and solve real-world scientific problems. NASA provides educational institutions with a partnership to create a working satellite that serves a particular mission to benefit NASA in exchange for a free satellite launch to space. At ISU, CySat's current mission (CySAT-1) is responsible for measuring soil moisture content in 1 km^2 areas as the satellite orbits the Earth. This mission has been developing at ISU for nearly ten years, with the final launch handoff anticipated for April 2023.

I'm excited for the opportunity to work towards finally propelling this decade-old project filled with current and previous students' hard work to space, specifically with preparing the software systems to function properly and legally during and after the ride to the ISS, where the satellite will begin its orbit. These tasks include the start-up of various subsystems, establishing a radio beacon, and continuously sending telemetry information to our on-campus ground station until the end of its 3-6 month lifecycle. And yes, we get class credit for it.

Technical Specifications

  • Program Duration: Two semesters: 15 weeks at 6 hours/week, August-December 2022, January-May 2023
  • Experiences: Collaboration with interdisciplinary engineers, hands-on embedded systems engineering
  • Technologies: EnduroSat On-board Computer (OBC) with STM32 Microcontroller, Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS), UHF antenna and transceiver, Electrical Power System (EPS), and solar cells
  • Languages: C, Python

Iowa State University Cyclone Football "Varsity" Marching Band (ISUCF'V'MB)

I play on the ISU Drumline for the Cyclone Marching Band, a fall to winter group that performs at all home football games and a few exhibitions. Rehearses daily for an hour and a half. Additionally in the Spring, I play drum set for the Men's and Women's Basketball Pep Bands.

Technical Specifications

  • Freshman Season (2021) Position: Bass 5 (5th of 7 Bass Drums)
  • Sophomore Season (2022) Position: Bass 2 (2nd of 7 Bass Drums)
  • Junior Season (2023) Position: Section Leader, Bass 2 (2nd of 7 Bass Drums)

Iowa ICE Robotics - FIRST Robotics Team 6419

During my four years as a high school student, I participated in FIRST Robotics, which creates and hosts nation-wide STEM and robotics competitions in a sports-like fashion to prepare future engineers for successful careers. I was a member of team  ICE 6419 and participated in both FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team. Both leagues consisted of designing, building, and programming a mechanical robot to complete a 2 minute and 30-second game involving the collection of objects, interaction with other robots, and precise timing to score points. My specific roles included programming the robot's core functionality, managing our team's daily agendas & engineering notebook, presenting at team outreach events, attaining sponorships, and maintaining our team's website.

Technical Specifications

  • Membership Duration: 2017-2021
  • Robot Programming Language: Java with WPILib FRC Library
  • Website: site

Valley High Shool Band Program

I played in the Concert (percussion), Jazz (drum set), and Marching (drumline) bands at my high school for all four years of attendance.

Drumline Specifications

  • Freshman Season (2017) Position: Bass 5 (5th of 5 Bass Drums)
  • Sophomore Season (2018) Position: Bass 2 (2nd of 5 Bass Drums, Section Leader)
  • Junior Season (2019) Position: Outer Snare (4 total)
  • Senior Season (2020) Position: Inner Snare (4 total)

Jazz Band Specifications

  • Freshman Year - Jazz III
  • Sophomore Year - Jazz III
  • Junior Year - Jazz III
  • Senior Year - Jazz II