Magaly Perez

Magaly Perez (on the far right in the photo – Macalester class of 2014) was supported for two consecutive summers by the MnSGC. She worked on a project with co-PI R. Rogers that focused on the preservation of tiny vertebrate fossils in ancient Cretaceous rocks in Montana. Magaly recently completed her master’s degree in the […]


Joseph B. Habeck

Joseph (Joey) is currently working with NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant High-altitude Ballooning Team on a project that aims to characterize the particulate content of the stratosphere. Specifically, he is supporting the development of a low-cost particulate-measuring payload that uses an optical particle counter to perform in-situ particulate measurements. His role then includes using the resulting […]


Christopher Stauffer

Chris Stauffer is from Cass Lake, MN and recently completed his STEM emphasis associates degree at Leech Lake Tribal College. He has participated in the high-powered rocketry program for three years, and with his help, the team won second place at the First Nation’s Launch twice. Chris has spent two summers working as a summer […]


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 […]


Thomas Fehr

Thomas is working with the MnSGC’s High-Altitude Ballooning Team at the U of MN – Twin Cities. His work has an emphasis on camera systems in a high-altitude environment, focusing on optimizing video quality, memory capabilities, battery life, and post-flight of various small cameras. He has become proficient in the handling and operation of GoPro […]


The Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition

The MnSGC and Tripoli MN, a local high-power rocket club, are running the 2018-2019 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition (where “Midwest” just indicates the location of the competition, which is open to college student teams from all around the nation). In this competition college student teams are challenged to design, build, and fly an […]


Akshay Naik

Akshay is 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 solar panels. Akshay is currently working on a project to […]


Emma Krieg

Emma is a member of NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant High-Altitude Ballooning Team who is working on many different projects. Her main focus is experimenting with CubeSats and high-altitude ballooning; she has helped to design a P-POD (the deployment method used in space to deploy CubeSats) that can fly on a balloon stack and simulate a […]


Freshman Seminar on Airships at U of MN – Twin Cities

Students in AEM 1301: R/C Airships built and flew multiple styles of R/C blimps and also two miniature rigid airships during the fall of 2018. The “light rigid” was genuinely lighter than air (without its envelope) whereas the “heavy rigid” used both lifting gas and lifting motors to get off the ground. The class exhibited […]


Bulldog Rocketry Team

The Bulldog Rocketry Team from the University of Minnesota – Duluth is designing and building a rocket, propelled by a student designed hybrid engine, to fly in the 30,000 ft class at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC). When Bulldog Rocketry launches the rocket, it will have a winged drone stored in it that can […]