Team Members


Alexa Inman

Team role: Social media editor

She helps update social media platforms and is a nutrition major.

Hobbies: Hiking and eating Thai food

Favorite Movie/T.V. Show: Parenthood, The Blind Side, Gilmore Girls

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”

Audrey Vaughn

Team Role: Project Manager

She  is working on calculating flight dynamics and writing physics programs for altitudes. She is a mechanical engineering major with an aerospace engineering minor.

Hobbies: reading and 3D modeling

Favorite movie: everything Marvel

“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will lie its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

 Desarae Kopplien

Team Role: Ground Station Specialist

Major: Computer Science. Jeremy is not really sure what he wants for a career. Maybe something in video game development. In his free time, he likes to play video games, particularly World of Warcraft.

In the space club, Jeremy has worked on the video payload, but also the video stitching system, and the tracking system. Jeremy has become a key expert with the ground station. He ran and tested the old tracking system. He is now writing and testing the new system and modifying the ground station as needed.

Kurt Foster

Team Role: Flight Director

He leads flight group, launch and safety procedures. He is an Industrial Automation Technology major. He rides motorcycles, mountain bikes, and likes to build things.

Favorite T.V. Show: Black Mirror

“If you’re going through hell, keep going”

Lauren Reyes

Team Role: Main Social Media Editor

She updates all social media platforms with Alexa. She is a bioengineering major.

Hobbie: Reading, playing the piano & flute, and playing soccer.

Favorite movie: Lord of The Rings

“I once told a chemistry joke, there was no reaction.”

Matt Lucas

Team role: Project Manager

He works with the altitude controlling exhaust system team and is a mechanical engineering major.

Hobbies: Playing the piano, racing drones, and spending time with his wife.

Favorite movie: Cast Away, Treasure Planet

“How do astronauts put a party together? The planet.”

Michael Wu

Team role: Payload master

He helps build the payload to make sure it doesn’t crash. He is a mechanical engineering major.

Hobbies: Gaming, reading, space club

Favorite movie: Everything Marvel

“Get to the chopper!”

Nathan Shaw

He is a bioengineering major and loves 3D modeling and rock climbing.

Favorite Movie: The Matrix

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

Parker The Godfather  Swanson

Team Role: Project Advisor

Parker Swanson, was “bitten” by the electronics bug at the age of 13, when he learned Morse code, earned a ham radio license, and built his first transmitter from WW2 surplus and an old juke box.

Parker says his relationship with NASA’s Oregon Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) and his role as Team advisor have been life-changing. He and the Team celebrate three years of intense, very enjoyable NASA sounding-rocket projects, and now our Eclipse Ballooning Mission.

Favorite Lifelong Activity: Bike-commuting 120 miles a week to work

Samuel Barnard

Team Role: Fiest of fabrication

He helps build the payload, make sure it doesn’t crash. He is a mechanical engineering with specialization in biomedical. His hobbies are Space club, RPG club, and watching T.V.

Favorite movie: The Big Lebowski

“I’m the dude man. You know, the dude.”

Tellina Zavala

Team Role: Community outreach coordinator

She is working on expanding our team participation and informing the community about our project. She reaches out to elementary schools and student involvement in space technology. She is a Mechanical Engineering major. Her hobby is hiking.

IT crowd, Game of Thrones, Gold Diggers, The Office