Professor Eric Kuha is the instructor of Information Technology at Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, Minnesota. He teaches by giving his students firsthand experiences by using a hands-on approach to learning with the use of cutting-edge technology.
Professor Kuhn first studied at Bemidji State University where he earned his bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and writing and a master’s degree in English. In the spring of 2020, he completed a three-year Master of Computer Science program at the University of Minnesota.
At Leech Lake Tribal College, his students’ work is generally tech-related. For the rocket team, he coordinates and directs the construction of their electronic instrumentation, such as the altimeters, cameras, explosive charges, and other sensors.
Over the years, they’ve made a number of hands-on adjustments to their rockets’ designs. For example, the rocket team at LLTC made use of a weather sensor array in their first few rockets that was built from scratch. More recently, their rockets have been making use of a 3D-printed nosecone so that they can socket a camera in the nose. The LLTC rocket team is the only team out of their competition to use a forward-facing camera which affords some pretty spectacular footage on the way down.