Team Members

Team Members (2017 - 2018)

Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, Tacho Lycos partnered with one of the space teams for the Aerospace Engineering capstone Senior Design project. This gave the club access to more experienced undergraduate students who were able to dedicate more time and energy into guiding the club through the milestones set by NASA for the Student Launch competition. This partnership allowed the veteran club members who were best suited to design, build, and test the sub- and full-scale rockets to work toward their final graduation requirement while continuing their experience in the club. Less experienced club members have also benefited greatly from this partnership as the Seniors have been able to mentor underclassmen in topics ranging from stability in rocket design to composite layups. A new Senior Design team has been selected for the 2016-17 school year and will continue a successful partnership that will ensure the club''s growth, longevity, and overall experience - making Tacho Lycos stronger than ever!
NC State Aerospace Senior Design - Space Team 1
2017 - 2018 Tacho Lycos Team

Executive Officers (2017 - 2018)

President and Senior Design Lead

Raven Lauer -

Years in Club: 6
Prior Experierience: Coordination Lead 2014-16, Vice President 2016-17
Biography & Responsibilities: Raven is a 6th year student double majoring in Aerospace Engineering and History as part of the Ben Franklin Scholars program. As president, he is expected to preside the weekly club meetings, attend at least half of all outreach events, and represent the club at all NC State Student Organization events. In his spare time, Raven enjoys flying helicopters as a private pilot, reading, and spending time with friends.

Vice-President of Operations

Ashlee Bracewell -

Years in Club: 3
Prior Experierience: Assistant Treasurer 2016-17
Biography & Responsibilities: Ashlee is a 3rd year Civil Engineering student. As the Vice President of Operations, she is expected to attend outreach events, aid fellow officers in their duties, and manage all general club activities. In her spare time, Ashlee enjoys reading, sketching/designing, and traveling.

Vice-President of Development

David Schuler -

Years in Club: 3
Prior Experierience: Treasurer 2016-17
Biography & Responsibilities: David is a 3rd year student studying Mechanical Engineering. As Vice President of Development, he is responsible for expanding the technical scope of the club, and coordinates with the treasurer to develop relationships with sponsors. He has interned with Oracle, MaxPoint, and Johnson Space Center. In his free time, David enjoys overlanding by both SUV and motorcycle, as well as backpacking and canoeing.

Vice-President of Integration

Nathan Cox -

Years in Club: 3
Prior Experierience: None
Biography & Responsibilities: Nathan Cox is a junior studying Aerospace Engineering. As Vice President of Integration, he is responsible for coordinating the goals of the club and the senior design team. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys hiking, backpacking, and kayaking.

Supporting Officers (2017 - 2018)


Ashby Scruggs -

Years in Club: 2
Prior Experierience: None
Biography & Responsibilities: Ashby is a junior studying Aerospace Engineering. In addition to High-Powered Rocketry Club, Ashby is an active member of NC State’s section of the Society of Women Engineers and the University Honors Program. As treasurer, Ashby is expected to effectively manage the club funds and plan for future investments. In her free time, Ashby enjoys reading and running.

Social Media Officer

Joseph Taylor -

Years in Club: 3
Prior Experierience: Social Media Officer 2015-17
Biography & Responsibilities: Joseph is a 3rd year student studying Environmental Science with a focus on sustainable architecture. As the Social Media Officer, he is responsible for curating and posting content on the team social media pages. He is also an executive member of the Climate Reality Project Campus Corps working to bring renewable energy solutions to NC State campus. In his free time, Joseph enjoys drawing and creative writing.

Safety Officer

Erik Benson -

Years in Club: 2
Prior Experierience: None
Biography & Responsibilities: Erik is a 2nd year student majoring in Aerospace Engineering while also taking Medical Prerequisites. He is a part of the University Scholars Program as well as Army ROTC. As Safety Officer, he is expected to communicate and enforce the team safety plan and to keep a safe and tidy lab space. In his free time, Erik enjoys playing video games, running, and hiking.

Coordination Officer

John Inness -

Years in Club: 4
Prior Experierience: Outreach Coordinator
Biography & Responsibilities:John is a 4th year student majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Music Performance. As Coordination Officer, he is expected to manage all lines of communication within the club and plan all events including outreach. In his free time, John greatly enjoys playing and performing music with one of several groups that he is a member of on campus.

Web Administrator

Gabe Buss -

Years in Club: 2
Prior Experierience: None
Biography & Responsibilities: Gabe is a sophomore student majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Mathematics, as well as being part of the University Scholars program. As Website Administrator, he is expected to maintain and update the club website, integrate social media, upload reports, and establish a strong web presence. In his free time, Gabe enjoys playing video games and guitar.

Advisors and Mentors

Jim Livingston

Biography: Jim has been a Tripoli Rocketry Association Member for twenty-two years. He has built and launched over fifty M class and larger motors. Jim has been a member of Tripoli Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for seventeen years.

Dr. Alan Whitmore

Biography: Alan Whitmore is a Research Associate in the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His work addresses the genetic control of susceptibility to viral respiratory diseases like influenza and SARS. He has been the Prefect (local chapter president) of Tripoli East NC (a chapter of the Tripoli Rocketry Association) since 2006, and is a member of the Technical Advisory Panel of Tripoli Rocketry Association.

Dr. Charles Hall Jr.

Biography:Dr. Hall directs the Flight Research Group in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NCSU. The Flight Research Group is involved primarily with UAS/UAV/RPV aircraft but some programs have involved general aviation and C-130 aircraft.

Team Members (2017 - 2018)

First Name Last Name NC State Email Officer Position
Aaron Ott Member
Adam Phillips Member
Adam Tokonitz Member
Adithya Balaji Member
Alexander Allen Member
Amy Shank Member
Andrew May Member
Anna Freundt Member
Annette Gray Member
Ashby Scruggs Treasurer
Ashlee Bracewell Vice President
Austin Shelton Member
Ben Haydon Member
Bennett Meyer Member
Brendan D'Angelo Member
Brian Reilly Member
Bryce Abbott Member
Cassie Kirkconnell Member
Christopher Magnotti Member
Christopher Buck Advisor
Chuck Hall Advisor
Nate Faulkner Member
Craig Messina Member
Daniel Soos Member
David Schuler Vice President
David Torres Member
Derek Esterly Member
Devin Stafford Member
Emma Jaynes Member
Emmy Jeffries Member
Eric Starner Member
Erik Benson Safety Officer
Ethan Johnson Member
Evan Benson Member
Evan Elezaj Member
Evan Patterson Member
Gabriel Buss Webmaster
Girish Ganesh Member
Halen Mattison Member
Hannah Oliver Member
Harvey Hoopes Member
Ian Hicks Member
Isaiah Johnson Member
Jackson Kyner Member
Jacob Daye Member
Jacob Sebastian Member
Jamie Lamont Member
Jayesh Patel Member
Jeremy Lowe Member
Jillian Dlugos Member
Joey Richie Member
John Inness Secretary
Jordan Schuh Member
Joseph Duggan Member
Joseph Taylor Social Media Chair
Josh Pickles Member
Joshua Daniels Member
Joshua Mitchell Member
Justin Van Housen Member
Kelvin Dsouza Member
Kevin Elliott Member
Lila Crick Member
Matthew Amar Member
Matthew White Member
Michael Robertson Member
Michelle Nursey Member
Nathan Cox Vice President
Nathan Raynor Member
Nick Rosato Member
Nolan Hopkins Member
Paul von Hardenberg Member
Peter Newell Member
Raj Patel Member
Raven Lauer President
Renzo Benavides Member
Riley Beatty Member
Robert Kempin Member
Ryan Holland Member
Ryan Reeb Member
Sadie McCarthy Member
Sean Murray Member
Shaugnessy Reynolds Member
Shiv Oza Member
Sreevishnu Oruganti Member
Timothy Chen Member
Tristan Abella Member
Walter Brinkley Member
Weston Mundy Member
Will Furth Member
William Garrabrant Member
Yauheni Zboichyk Member
Zhuowei Xu Member