Alec Lovlein

Alec received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2017. In addition to coursework, he spent three years performing research supported by MN Space Grant on neutrinos with the MINERνA collaboration – an experiment based at Fermilab. Alec is currently a graduate student at the University of Utah pursuing […]


Ryan Bowers

Ryan Bowers is from Buffalo, MN, and is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He has participated in multiple MnSGC projects including high-power rocketry and stratospheric ballooning. He spent the summer of 2017 in the MnSGC Ballooning Lab developing and refining payloads for eclipse flights, and helped […]


Magaly Perez

Magaly Perez (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 is presently completing her master’s degree in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Asif Ally

Asif is a member of NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant High-Altitude Ballooning Team. He works on the University of Minnesota MURI Project where his main focus is developing a payload that aims to characterize the particulate content of the stratosphere. The particle data is accompanied by atmospheric data and GPS data collected from a full custom […]


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 […]


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 […]