Ethan Och

Ethan is a junior, majoring in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics and minoring in Astrophysics and Computer Science, at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. He is originally from the small town of Swanville, Minnesota. He spent the summer of 2017 working on web development projects for the MnSGC, and he spent the summer […]


Sadie Libal

Sadie Libal is from Two Harbors, MN, and defended her Environmental Studies masters thesis at Bemidji State University during the summer of 2017. Her project looked at mercury accumulation in aquatic tree swallow food web of Grand Portage National Monument and how surface water sulfate concentration influences Hg accumulation. Mercury accumulation in Grand Portage was […]


Austin Heins

Austin Heins is from Sioux Falls, SD, and is double major in Physics and Math at Concordia College. He was involved in a research project doing magnetic characterization of iron oxides during the summers of 2015 and 2016. Austin was also part of a team working with the quantum optics activity during the summer of […]


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 […]


Mike Alves

Mike Alves in an alumnus of Augsburg University, where he studied Chemistry. In 2015, he researched human breath using mass spectrometric techniques, looking for and successfully identifying major breath compounds that are biomarkers for bodily processes. Currently, he is at the University of California-San Diego pursuing a PhD in Analytical and Atmospheric Chemistry, funded for […]


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 […]


Ben Geadelmann

Ben is a senior in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is from Adel, Iowa. Ben has been an active member of the high altitude ballooning team since the fall of 2015. During the summer of 2017, in addition to ballooning, he had an internship at Honeywell Aerospace. […]


Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson is from Centerville, Minnesota, and is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He has been active with the High-Altitude Ballooning Team and the Rocket Team at the U of M throughout his college career.


Steven Hauschildt

Steven Hauschildt is from Millville, Minnesota and he is working on a masters degree in aquatic biology at Bemidji State University. His project looks at perch growth from hatch through the first several weeks of development and how human inputs to surface water influences this development.


Austin Langford

Austin Langford is from Germantown, WI, and is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  He has participated in high-power rocketry and stratospheric eclipse ballooning.  Austin had a summer 2017 internship at NASA Langley but returned to Minnesota in time to rejoin the ballooning team for the eclipse […]