Team Members

Team Members (2018 - 2019)

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 2018-19 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
2018 - 2019 Tacho Lycos Team

Executive Officers (2018 - 2019)

President and Senior Design Lead

Harvey Hoopes

Years in Club: 2
Prior Experierience:Assistant Treasurer 2017-18
Biography & Responsibilities:


Ashlee Bracewell

Years in Club: 4
Prior Experierience: Assistant Treasurer 2016-17, VP of Operations 2017-18
Biography & Responsibilities: Ashlee is a 4rd 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.

Supporting Officers (2017 - 2018)


Ashby Scruggs

Years in Club: 3
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: 4
Prior Experierience: Social Media Officer 2015-18
Biography & Responsibilities: Joseph is a 4rd 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

Shiv Oza

Years in Club: 2
Prior Experierience: None

Coordination Officer

John Inness

Years in Club: 5
Prior Experierience: Outreach Coordinator 2016-17, Coordination Officer 2017-18
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.

Outreach Officer

Daniel Benitez

Years in Club: 2
Prior Experierience: None
Biography & Responsibilities:

Web Administrator

Gabe Buss

Years in Club: 3
Prior Experierience: Web Administrator 2017-18
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.