Akshay Naik

Akshay began participating at the U of MN – Twin Cities as a PSEO student working on projects in the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department at the University of Minnesota, especially the MnSGC’s High-Altitude Ballooning Lab and the Small Satellite (CubeSate) Lab. Akshay is passionate about satellite propulsion and energy efficiency via renewable sources like […]


U of MN – Duluth’s Bulldog Rocketry Team

The Bulldog Rocketry Team from the University of Minnesota – Duluth designed and built a rocket, propelled by a student designed hybrid engine, to fly in the 30,000 ft class at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC).  Their rocket finished second in their category in this international rocketry competition. A link to a 14-minute video […]


Breanna Keith

Breanna Keith is originally from Cloquet, Minnesota and is currently a Graduate Research Assistant at Bemidji State University and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. She is pursuing a master’s degree in environmental studies and her academic interests include wetland ecology, environmental toxicology, and natural resource management. Breanna’s proposed research aims to examine the presence […]


Dr. Keith Stein

Keith Stein is a professor in the Physics & Engineering Department at Bethel University. He has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, with past research activities focusing on the modeling of parachute dynamics and fluid-structure interactions. He is currently involved in student-faculty studies of compressible flows and shock waves, including work on high-speed video imaging techniques.


Augsburg University’s Aerospace Club

Augsburg’s aerospace club seeks to spark students’ interests in the applications of physics, mathematics, computer science, and more, through real-world challenges, all while having fun doing so. Although currently focused on rocketry, they hope to soon broaden their work and become the Aerospace Engineering and Robotics Organization (AERO), which would encompass a broader range of […]


Dr. Carl Isaacson

Carl Isaacson has been the Affiliate Director of the MnSGC at Bemidji State University since 2014 and works in the Center of Environmental, Economic, Earth, and Space Studies at Bemidji State University. He is a chemist whose primary research interest is improving water quality. Over his career he has worked on both organic and inorganic environmental […]


Austin Eiler

Austin Eiler is from the small town of Markesan, Wisconsin and graduated from the U of MN in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in Astrophysics. Austin is interested in rocket propulsion and all things related to aviation. His time with the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium has taught […]


Dr. Thelma Berquo

Dr. Thelma Berquo is an instructor in the physics department at Concordia College, and she has been working with magnetic characterization of geological and lab prepared iron oxides samples. The iron phases are present on Earth and are analogs of phases on Mars’s surface. Mossbauer spectroscopy is used to investigate the contribution of particle size […]


Jordan Bartlett

Jordan is currently working for the Minnesota Space Grant High-Altitude Ballooning Team. Through the team, she has worked on a project designing and testing a device to simulate the launch of CubeSats in a ballooning environment. The CubeSats remain attached to the ballooning stack but are “deployed” from a mock P-POD to expose them to […]


Jack Stutler

Jack is a member of NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant High-Altitude Ballooning Team. Jack’s primary focus is developing a low-cost particulate measuring payload to characterize the particulate content of the atmosphere around 100,000 ft altitude. He has also written a program to parse APRS data logs from balloon flights and is currently writing a sensor suite […]