Meet the Team

2018-2019 Executive Board

Team Captain Philip Wdowiak pwdowiak@umich.edu

Philip is a junior from Chicago, IL studying Aerospace Engineering. This is his third year on the team and was the Advanced Class Propulsion Lead last year. Philip is excited to teach new members about aircraft and keep M-Fly a fun, inclusive environment. In his free time, Philip likes running, listening to music, making art, and analog photography.

Operations Director Dennis Park djypark@umich.edu

Dennis is a senior from Potomac Falls, Virginia, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. This is his third year on M-Fly, having served as the Advanced Class Aerodynamics Lead last year for the MX-3. His favorite memory of M-Fly is being stuck in traffic on the way down to competition in Florida due to an overturned semi truck full of coconuts. In his free time, Dennis enjoys watching hockey (Go Caps!), cooking, and playing guitar.

MX-4 Chief Engineer Walter Kelso wtkelso@umich.edu

Walter is a senior from Howell, New Jersey, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. This is his third year on M-Fly, having served as the Regular Class Aerodynamics Lead last year for the M-10. His favorite M-Fly memory is successfully driving through a tornado on the way down to Fort Worth, Texas for the 2017 SAE competition. In his free time, he enjoys working out, eating, watching baseball, and sleeping.

M-11 Chief Engineer Tim Situ rtsitu@umich.edu

Tim is a senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan, studying Mechanical Engineering. This is his third year on the team, as he spent the previous serving as the Regular Class Manufacturing Lead. He enjoys seeing the various components of the planes come together through all the hard work, as well as the supportive team dynamic of M-Fly. In his free time, Tim likes to play ultimate frisbee, tennis, ping pong, guitar, and loves watching movies; it would be rare to catch Tim without a frisbee during the spring, summer, and whenever there is nice weather.

MAT-2 Chief Engineer Travis Millar travijam@umich.edu

Travis is a senior from Dexter, Michigan, majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Music. He has been on M-Fly since his freshman year, and was the AUVSI Airframe Lead last year. This year, he is looking forward to working with students from many different engineering backgrounds and majors to improve M-Fly's autonomous plane and increase the multidisciplinary aspect of M-Fly. In his free time, Travis enjoys hiking, biking, and writing music.



2018-2019 Leadership Board

Advanced Class Aerodynamics Lead Divyang Amin divyamin@umich.edu

Divyang is a junior studying Aerospace and Electrical Engineering. He grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and came to the University of Michigan so he could learn more about his interest in aerodynamics. This is Divyang's third year on M-Fly. He worked on the aerodynamics subteams for Regular and Advanced Class during his first two years on M-Fly and is currently the Advanced Class Aerodynamics Lead. In his free time, Divyang plays golf, swims and watches sporting events, especially Formula 1 Grands Prix.

Advanced Class Avionics Lead Kalvin Monroe kymonroe@umich.edu

Kalvin is a sophomore from Okemos, Michigan, majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering. This is his second year on the team and first time as Avionics Lead. Having served much of his time with Avionics last year, he is looking forward to applying his previous knowledge towards this year's design and implementing a few of his past ideas. He enjoys collaborating with different subteams during the construction process and loves to maintain a positive team dynamic whenever people come together. In his free time, Kalvin enjoys playing cello, tennis, fiddling with Legos, and biking.

Advanced Class Manufacturing Lead Peter Andreasson pandreas@umich.edu

Peter is a senior in Materials Science and Engineering. This is his third year on M-Fly, having previously spent most of his time with the structures and manufacturing subteams. As the Advanced Class Manufacturing Lead, he is looking forward to working with the team's diverse members and making the CAD come to life. In his free time, he enjoys books and downhill skiing.

Advanced Class Propulsion Lead Desmond Meintz desmei@umich.edu

Desmond is a senior in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Applied Physics from Escanaba, Michigan. This is his second year on M-Fly, spending most of his time with the propulsion subteam last year. As the Advanced Class Propulsion Lead, he is excited to learn and optimize the new propulsion system. In his free time, Desmond likes playing tennis and throwing around frisbees.

Advanced Class Structures Lead Ankita Sharma ankitash@umich.edu

Ankita is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering. She grew up in the second most diverse town in America: Gaithersburg, Maryland. She is the Advanced Class Structures Lead, as she loves the creativity and simultaneous rigor of the hands-on design process and the reward of seeing that design come to life. Outside of M-Fly, Ankita is an avid reader, tennis player, dog petter, and advanced Netflix watcher.

Advanced Class Structures Lead David Koelzer dkoelz@umich.edu

David is a junior from Grosse Pointe, Michigan studying Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. This is David's third year on M-Fly and the Structures subteam. He is excited for the new challenge the Advanced Class plane brings this year. In his free time, David likes bouldering and watching hockey.

Regular Class Aerodynamics Lead Forster Guo flguo@umich.edu

Forster is a senior from Novi, Michigan studying Aerospace Engineering. This is his second year on the team and first as a lead. He enjoys learning about aircraft design and seeing months of hard work take off into the sky. In his free time, Forster likes running, playing the violin, and watching Formula 1.

Regular Class Manufacturing Lead Radu Tolontan radut@umich.edu

Radu is a sophomore from Bucharest, Romania who came to Michigan to study Mechanical Engineering and build as many flight vehicles as humanly possible. Moreover, he studies Education and over the summer he got the chance to teach high school students in Peru about computer aided design, 3D printing, programming, and electronics. As this year's Manufacturing Lead, he looks forward to fostering a great work environment in the Wilson Center that benefits off the team' highly diverse members.

Regular Class Propulsion and Controls Lead Guilherme Nascimento guinasc@umich.edu

Guilherme is a junior from Valinhos, a town in southeastern Brazil. He is majoring in Aerospace Engineering with minors in Computer Science and German. This is his third year on M-Fly, having been a member of the Propulsion and Manufacturing subteams. At M-Fly, he enjoys running up the engines and putting the plane together. In his free time, Guilherme likes playing cards, doing archery, and playing the saxophone.

Regular Class Structures Lead Victor Piglowski vpiglows@umich.edu

Victor is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering and is thrilled to be a part of M-Fly for his third year. In his second year within this position he is excited to take on new design challenges and promote a equitable, rewarding learning environment. Victor is from a small town in Northern Michigan named Suttons Bay where he built a strong affinity for the outdoors. Fishing of any sort, ultimate frisbee, hiking and snorkeling top his list of things to do when he's got time off.

AUVSI Aerodynamics and Propulsion Lead Adam Wasserman adamwass@umich.edu

Adam is a junior from University Park, Maryland, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. This is his third year on the team and second as a lead. Last year he served as SAE Advanced Class Structures Integration Lead, and this year he is working on AUVSI as Aerodynamics and Propulsion Lead. His favorite M-Fly memory was watching the MX-3 glide to a smooth landing every round at last year's competition. In his free time, Adam enjoys throwing around a baseball or frisbee, skipping stones, listening to the Strokes, and traveling.

AUVSI Computer Vision Software Lead Konrad Rauscher krausch@umich.edu

Konrad is a sophomore from East Lansing, Michigan, who doesn't regret his decision to betray his hometown by coming to Michigan instead of MSU. This is his second year on M-Fly, and he hopes to use his position as a Computer Science major to make M-Fly a fun, welcoming community for EECS students. Outside of M-Fly, Konrad enjoys playing piano, writing music, and biking.

AUVSI Embedded Systems Lead Mikayla Kurkjian mtkurk@umich.edu

Mikayla is a sophomore from Round Rock, Texas, and is studying Electrical Engineering. This is her second year on M-Fly, and she is excited to keep improving the electronics system for the AUVSI aircraft as well as create more opportunities for EECS students on the team. Outside of M-Fly, Mikayla is an SLC study group facilitator, plays piano, and knits her own winter hats.

AUVSI Flight Systems Software Lead Nicholas Kroetsch kroetsch@umich.edu

Nick is a sophomore from Birmingham, Michigan. He is studying Computer Engineering with an emphasis in robotics. This is his second year on M-Fly, having worked on the AUVSI software subteam last year. He is excited to work on improving the autonomous flight capabilities of the AUVSI plane this year. Outside of M-Fly, he loves traveling, tinkering with side projects, and playing video games.

AUVSI Structures and Manufacturing Lead AJ McBain amcbain@umich.edu

AJ is a junior from Rochester Hills, Michigan studying Aerospace Engineering and pursuing a minor in Computer Science. This is his second year on M-Fly, and he is thrilled to be working with a diverse team of talented engineering students. AJ is an avid skier and history buff.

Business Manager Harry Sood hsood@umich.edu

Harry is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. Hailing from the home of rock 'n' roll, Memphis, TN, he is in his junior year at the University of Michigan. A second-year member of the M-Fly family, Harry takes on the mantle of Business Manager after previously being a member of the Aerodynamics and Business subteams. In his spare time, Harry enjoys sketching, gaming, and hanging out with his friends.

Community Outreach Chair Trevor De Ghenghi tdeghen@umich.edu

Trevor is a sophomore from New Canaan, Connecticut majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. This is his second year on M-Fly, where he serves as the Community Outreach Lead and as a member of the Aerodynamics subteam. Outside of M-Fly, Trevor can be found playing golf, cheering on Boston sports teams, and enjoying the outdoors.

Faculty Advisor

Carlos Cesnik