The Team


President: Lauren Fukaye

Lauren is a fourth year Aerospace Engineering student and was the vice president last year. As President, she will manage the 30k rocket project, connect the club to industry, push CPSS to a higher standard of quality, and manage administrative aspects of the club. Since we are not competing this year, she aims to make sure our younger members learn as much as possible about design and get our club completely prepared for manufacturing and testing as soon as we get back in person.

Vice President: Kanan Karimli

Kanan is a third year Aerospace Engineering student. He joined the club in his first year and has been intrigued in hybrid rocketry ever since. During his first year, he was heavily involved in the propulsion and manufacturing subsystems. Last year, he was the safety officer. As Vice President, he will push the team to stay on track for our ambitious goals this year and make sure anyone who wants to be involved with the club has the chance to learn and be a part of our team.

Treasurer: Michael Menendez

Michael is a third year Aerospace Engineering student and the propulsion lead. As Treasurer, he will maintain the club’s finances, reach out with industry professionals, and assist with grant writing.

Secretary: Will Coplan

Will is a second year aerospace engineering student and the avionics lead. As secretary, he is responsible for keeping the club organized. He hopes to improve archiving and documentation.

Public Relations Officer: Olivia May

Olivia is a second year Aerospace Engineering student and one of the ground support leads. She is in charge of representing CPSS for the Interclub Council and the Engineering Student Council. Olivia is also in charge of managing and maintaining the club’s social media and website.

Safety Officer: Katie Dunnigan

Katie is a third year Aerospace Engineering student. This year, as the student safety officer she will ensure the club’s safe operation in both the manufacturing and testing systems. She will make sure all the procedural documentation is up to date and will ensure the safety of all the club members during all club activities.

Team Leads

Propulsion: Mikey Limotta

Since joining the club his first year, Mikey has previously worked with both the composites and propulsion teams. As propulsion lead, he will oversee the design, manufacturing, and testing of the 30K project’s hybrid rocket motor. Mikey plans to implement tools for the simulation of combustion and structural analysis to prevent failures in the prototyping stage. This year will also feature an emphasis on the design aspect to ensure more students learn about this critical system.

Avionics: Ben Clark

Ben is a second year Electrical Engineering major. His goal as avionics lead is to have fun with the system, but also to help the club build the best rocket we can by collecting the data that is most important. He plans on continuing to work with the current payload box design while making changes based on our data needs and requests.

Ground Support: Emmett Allen

As ground support lead, Emmett is responsible for all of the operations surrounding the rocket in preparation for launch. Current projects are a redesign of the computer that operates the ground systems, as well as extended remote operation.

Mechanical Systems: Miles Grove

Miles is a third year Aerospace Engineering student who joined the club in his first year. He has worked with the recovery system and as 10k project manager. This year as mechanical systems lead, he will manage the design and implementation of the recovery and mechanical interfaces subsystems.

Composites: Dylan Stewart

Dylan is a fourth year Aerospace Engineering student. He joined CPSS last year as a part of both our aerodynamics and mechanical systems subsystems. Looking forward, he hopes to take his experiences to design and develop standards for manufacturing various composite parts.

Manufacturing: Miles Grove

Miles is a fourth year Aerospace Engineering student who joined the club in his first year. He has worked as 10k project manager, as the mechanical systems lead, as well as with the recovery system. He loves manufacturing and showing people how to use machines. This year as manufacturing lead, Miles will support the design teams with component design, material selection, engineering drawings, and manufacturing plans. He is excited to get back to production when the machine shops open again where he will be responsible for teaching team members how to use the tools and machines safely.

10K Project Manager: Cate Doud

Cate is a second year Aerospace Engineering student who joined CPSS last year. As the 10K Project Manager, Cate is in charge of managing the the build for the new 10K rocket and making sure new members learn the basics of how we make our rockets. She hopes to put her experience in helping to build the 10K rocket last year to use this year.


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Faculty Advisor: Joe Carpico

Joe Carpico is an amazing source of knowledge and industry experience for the team. He has been involved with the team as Vice Faculty Advisor since coming to Cal Poly. Before joining us in Spring 2017, he worked on pre-launch assembly for Titan, Sea Launch, and Antares. Some of the classes he teaches are Senior Spacecraft Design and Launch Vehicle Design.

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Former Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amelia Greig

Dr. Greig has supported the team since she joined Cal Poly in Fall 2016. In university, she studied electric propulsion and developed the “Pocket Rocket,” which students at Cal Poly have continued development on. Classes she taught include propulsion, space environments, and several graduate-level Aerospace Engineering classes.