Kei Heltemes

Kei is a current student Augsburg University, double-majoring in Chemistry (ACS-approved) and Physics, and minoring in Mathematics. He is also the president of both the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the Augsburg Chemistry Society (ACS). He has participated in several different research projects in various disciplines. In the summer of his sophomore year, Kei […]


Austin Langford

Austin Langford is from Germantown, Wisconsin, and majored in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. During his time in school, he 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 […]


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 […]


Jack Stutler

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


Elise Linna

Elise Linna graduated from Augsburg University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics. During her time at Augsburg, Elise participated in various research opportunities and teaching assistantships thanks to the NASA Space Grant. These opportunities included research on Graphene Oxide, assisting in a modern physics lab, and leading a group […]


Freja Olsen

Freja Olsen is from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and majored in physics at Carleton College. Freja, in collaboration with Adam Ickler and Dr. Ryan Terrien, worked on a project to refine techniques for the measurement of atomic absorption lines in the spectra of low-mass stars during the summer of 2020. She led the development of […]


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 […]


Daniel Toth

Danny graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics and a minor in Astrophysics. Originally from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Danny was a member of the stratospheric ballooning team from the summer of 2016 until he graduated. As part of the ballooning team, Danny worked on active balloon altitude control, flight […]


Kyle Fraser-Mines

Kyle Fraser-Mines majored in physics at Carleton College and is from Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. During the summer of 2020, she worked with Dr. Cindy Blaha on a project to determine the luminosity functions of HII regions in galaxies and dwarf galaxies in the local group. She also created stacked emission line images for these galaxies.  In […]


Thomas Fehr

Thomas worked with the MnSGC’s High-Altitude Ballooning Team at the U of MN – Twin Cities in the spring and summer of 2018. His work had 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. Through his lab work, he […]