Paul Belingon

Paul Belingon

President, Program Director


Senior - Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (Aerospace Systems Design, Dynamics & Controls)

Paul comes from the Chicago suburb of Geneva where his work at DuPage Airport played a significant role in his career in Aerospace Engineering. He joined Purdue Orbital in the fall of 2017 as a member of the High Altitude Balloon Team and was elected Program Director the following year. Outside of Orbital, Paul is also the Vice President of Purdue 3D Printing, Vice President of the Purdue Outing Club, and records weekly podcasts in his free time.

Dakota Hamilton

Dakota Hamilton

Chief Engineer

Senior - 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 accessibility. Outside of the team, Dakota plays saxophone in the Purdue University Bands and enjoys playing disc golf and basketball.

Jonathan Webb

Jonathan Webb

Research and Development Director

Junior - Aerospace Engineering

Jonathan Webb is a junior from New York who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering as well as an Entrepreneurship Certificate. This is his fourth year with Orbital and he is very excited to be working with such an enthusiastic team. His hobbies include playing tennis and music. Jonathan is an aspiring flight controller at NASA and hopes to pursue that goal after graduation.

Josh Fitch

Josh Fitch

Chief Systems Engineer

Sophomore - Aerospace Engineering

Josh is from Philadelphia and loves to rock climb. He has loved space ever since he read the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov. Josh plans on contributing to Orbital by ensuring that safe and goal-minded actions are taken, and that all the members are working towards the big picture goal. Josh hopes to work as a Systems Engineer for NASA in Mission Design, and to eventually go to ​​​​​​​Mars!

Max Marquardt

Max Marquardt

Treasurer

Sophomore - Industrial Management

Max is from Temperance, Michigan (25 min south of Ann Arbor). He is fascinated by the final frontier and the new industries that will emerge with space travel and research. Max is in the ACFE (Krannert Club), Treasurer of SASE, and in Krannert President Council.

Adithye Menon 

Adithye Menon 

Operations Director


Sophomore - Aerospace Engineering

Adithye is from India but been living in Dubai, UAE. He joined Orbital in Fall 2017 as part of Small Scale Prototype and Test Team. He was also involved with Outreach.

The Cosmos series by Carl Sagan propelled him into the unknown wonders of space and has kept him fascinated. He plans on joining Josh on Mars.

Outside of Orbital, he is part of 3DPC, which provides 3D printing services to students. He also paints and plays badminton in his free time.

Ken Sodetz

Ken Sodetz

Ground Station and Communications Design Lead

Junior - Computer Science

Ken is originally from Washington D.C, but mostly grew up in Chicago, IL. He joined Purdue Orbital due to his passion involving space exploration and the advancement of technology that comes from the industry. Outside of Orbital, Ken enjoys tennis, ping pong, and working on personal projects.

Colin Miller

Colin Miller

Avionics Design Lead

Junior - Aerospace Engineering

Colin is from Baltimore and was interested in space from an early age but what really kicked it off was when he saw a launch from Wallops carrying a probe to the moon. Outside of Orbital, he'll often be practicing French horn in Elliott, taking care of his plants, or listening to music.

Matthew Powell

Matthew Powell

Launch Platform Design Lead

Junior - Aerospace Engineering

Matt is originally from Chicago, IL. He found his passion for space exploration at a young age during a middle school astronomy class. This then lead Matt to Purdue to pursue an engineering degree and future plans to work in the space industry. After hearing about the ambitious goals of Purdue Orbital, Matt was eager to join the team as a freshman. In his free time, Matt likes to go hiking and backpacking.

Sarah Rasche

Sarah Rasche

Payload Design Lead

Junior - Aerospace Engineering

Sarah is from Greenwood Indiana, a town twenty minutes south of Indianapolis. She's always been interested in space, and when she was a kid she wanted to be an astronomer and got a telescope for Christmas in the 5th grade. Outside of the team, Sarah likes to go hiking and caving and she also has been a part of the Swing Dancing Club and the Salsa Dancing Club.

Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey

Mission Analysis Design Lead

Junior - Aerospace Engineering         

Mike is from Albany, New York and is going into his second year with the team. He became interested in aerospace engineering after reading an article in Popular Science about student rocketry. Outside of Orbital, Mike enjoys spending time reading, playing the guitar, and running.

Harrison Parker 

Harrison Parker 

Experimental Rocket Design Lead

Senior - Aerospace Engineering 

Harrison is from Boise, Idaho. He loves to go backpacking, camping, mountain biking and is obsessed with space history. Harrison is focusing on rocket propulsion and spacecraft design, and he wants to build rocket engines someday.

Nicholas Masso

Nicholas Masso

Commercial Rocket Design Lead

Sophomore - Aerospace Engineering

Nicholas was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He started building and flying model rockets in fourth grade and has only built them bigger since then. Outside of Orbital, Nicholas can be found messing around with his 3D printer and riding his longboard.

John Irons

John Irons

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.

Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson

Research & Development Director

Junior - Aerospace Engineering

Brian was born in Sparta, NJ. At a young age, he developed a strong passion for space and flight. Brian was excited to discover Purdue Orbital as a freshman as it aligned with his interests in the space industry. He is enthusiastic to lead the Research and Development division and bring Purdue Orbital closer to attaining its goals of orbital flight. Brian also enjoys playing guitar and basketball.

Ethan Wahl

Ethan Wahl

Logistics Director

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.

Dane Rudy

Dane Rudy

Program Director

Senior - Mechanical Engineering

Dane is from northern Wisconsin and has always had a passion for space technology. He hopes to make an impact on the space industry through the formation of Purdue Orbital, and is planning to continue his education in graduate school. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, and other outdoor activities.

Benjamin Merrel

Benjamin Merrel

Director of Special Projects

Senior - Aerospace Engineering

I jumped at the opportunity to serve as the Director of Special Projects for Purdue Orbital because I believe that projects like these will bring space access to everyone with the drive to explore. As a student at Purdue, I am focusing on propulsion and space system design to gain the knowledge required to lead the design of launch vehicles for the next generation of explorers.