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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]