Junior - Electrical Engineering
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dakota's passion for robotics and autonomous controls combined with his love of space and space exploration brought him to Purdue Orbital as a freshman. In his role as Chief Engineer, Dakota hopes to assist teammates in both professional and technical growth as they work together to push the envelope of space accessibilty. Outside of the team, Dakota plays saxophone in the Purdue University Bands and enjoys playing disc golf and basketball.
Chief Systems Engineer
Senior - Aerospace Engineering
Born and raised in Greenwood, IN, John developed an interest in flight at an early age and decided to attend Purdue University to pursue this interest. Upon hearing of Purdue Orbital, he was quick to jump at the opportunity to get his hands dirty in the field. His interests quickly focused towards systems engineering where he is excited to be serving Purdue Orbital today. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing and photography.
Research & Development Director
Junior - Aerospace Engineering
Jonathan was born in New York, NY. From a very young age he has been interested in spaceflight and is excited to be leading Research and Development for Purdue Orbital. At Purdue he hopes to focus on dynamics and controls as well as spacecraft design. Jonathan is also an active member of Purdue Bands and Orchestras and a tennis instructor at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
Sophomore - Aerospace Engineering
Ethan joined Purdue Orbital by random his freshman year when he was assigned to it by Purdue EPICS. He now considers that event to be the equivalent of winning the lottery. By his own admission, he has enjoyed his time at Purdue Orbital so much that he was convinced to change his major to Aerospace Engineering. Instead of an interest in Aerospace leading to Purdue Orbital, Purdue Orbital lead to an interest in Aerospace.