Category Archives: Team

Newly Elected Board Members

It gives us great pleasure to introduce the project leaders, executive board members, and co-presidents of the 2015-2016 school year! Congratulations!

Devin Cody ’17 & Gerardo Carranza ’17

Director of Project Management
Lucia Korpas ’17

Director of Development
Warren Zhang ’17

Project Leaders
Andrew Arkebauer ’17 – UAV
Brian Beitler ’18 – Rocket
Betsy Li ’18 – CubeSat
Scott Smith ’18 – Optical Telescope

Public Relations Director
Pratik Gandhi ’18

Isabella Trierweiler ’18

2015 2016 boardFrom left to right: Warren Zhang, Lucia Korpas, Scott Smith, Betsy Li, Andrew Arkebauer, Brian Beitler, Devin Cody, Gerardo Carranza


YUAA Places 1st in Zipcar Competition

carAndLogoDuring the month of December, YUAA competed in the “Zipcar Students With Drive” competition where the public voted for their favorite college academic organizations. After two weeks of open polls, YUAA won 1st place and was awarded $5000 in Zipcar credit! This grant will help the team fund transportation expenses various aerospace-related trips. Thank you to everyone who voted. Rocket competitions, here we come!

Three Teams Awarded NASA CT Space Grant


The Connecticut Space Grant Consortium is a NASA funded organization comprised of 16 Space Grant affiliated colleges in the state of Connecticut. Their mission is to fund a range of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty projects, research, travel, internships, and workshops relative to STEM fields after selecting recipients from a rigorous application process. A total of five student project grants were awarded this year, and three of them were awarded to the Multi-Stage, Advanced UAV, and Radio Telescope Teams!

This is very exciting news! Each team was awarded $1000, which will be used to fund project materials. As a result of being recipients of the grant, the project teams will be attending the annual CT Space Grant Consortium Career and Grants Exposition on September 25, 2015 to present the outcome of their projects through a formal scientific poster and report. Winners are also asked to volunteer for STEM outreach within a college or middle/high school community, expressing their enthusiasm for STEM studies and careers.

Congratulations again to our three winners!

Family Weekend

Every year, Yale hosts Family Weekend, during which students’ families and friends are welcomed onto campus to see what exciting things we do. It’s an opportunity to show off our school spirit and current projects. YUAA was delighted to have several team members’ parents at last week’s meeting.

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YUAA turns 5 years old!


YUAA celebrated its 5th birthday today with its wonderful new and former members! The team roasted marshmallows, engaged in great conversations, and blew out the candle on the YUAA’s cake. The YUAA was very excited to turn five years old because it would not have made it this far without all of its dedicated members. Their dedication is what keeps the club alive and well, and their interest in aerospace engineering and the advancement of Yale engineering are what allow the YUAA to continually reach new heights. Visit our gallery to see more pictures!


New Projects and Board to Kick off the Year

With the start of a new school year, YUAA has a new set of projects and a new board. This year YUAA will take on a new set of projects. Some, such as the Rocket Competition Project, are continuations of successful projects from previous years meant to cater to new members. Others, like the Advanced Project and the Multi-Stage Rocket Project, build on projects from last year, specifically the UAV and Rocket Competition projects. A fourth and final project, the Radio Astronomy Project pushes YUAA into entirely new territory as we take on the task of designing and building a radio telescope. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday September 3rd at 7:30 pm in the Mann Center.

We are pleased to announce this year’s executive board below who will make these projects possible.

Permanent Positions
Co-Presidents: Genevieve Fowler and Bolun Liu
Treasurer: Gerardo Carranza
Public Relations Director: Renita Heng

Project Leaders
Rocket Competition: Lucia Korpas
Multi-Stage Rocket: Warren Zhang
Radio Astronomy: Devin Cody
Advanced Project: Thomas Ryan

Last year’s presidents, Ari Brill and Jeff Gau will remain on board as senior advisors.

Welcome Class of 2018!

YUAA is excited about next years incoming class and made a video to show it. Yale Admissions loved the video and we hope you do too! Welcome class of 2018! We look forward to the ideas you will bring bring to YUAA and Yale.


YUAA Prepares for its Second Annual Aeronautica

YUAA members are gearing up for Aeronautica which will be this Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:30 pm. Stephen Hall (‘14) and Jan Kolmas (‘14) will give a keynote address discussing the progress of the organization over the years and this year’s projects. Project teams are hard at work preparing for launches, flights, and competitions and are eager to share what they have been doing with the larger YUAA and Yale community at the project showcase and reception.

If you joined us last year come hear about the great success of the Astro-Egg Lander and Eli Whitney at the Battle of the Rockets Competition last April. Attendees this year can also expect to see multiple rockets, flying blimps, and a plane with rotating wings.

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YUAA Sponsors Talk by SpaceX Engineer John Muratore ’79


The CEID was buzzing this past Wednesday to hear Yale alumnus,  John Muratore ’79, talk about his experience in the aerospace industry. Muratore opened by talking about his experience with Signals and System, and electrical engineering class still offered at Yale. He struggled through the class, but by its end it decided engineering wasn’t so bad and went on to major in electrical engineering. He encouraged students to stick with the subject if they enjoy it and worry less about grades.

After joining the Air Force out of college, Muratore worked for NASA where he held a number of titles including Program Manager of the X-38 project. This program worked to design a better crew return vehicle. Muratore encouraged the team to use rapid prototyping, working to make the vehicle and the design process cheaper and more efficient. He took a similar stance when, working as Mission Control Center Division Chief at JSC, he led a transformation of the control center to accommodate the International Space Station.

After teaching at University of Tennessee Space Institute for a period of time, Muratore began working for SpaceX in 2011. He recently served as Launch Chief Engineer for the sixth flight of the Falcon 9 in December of 2013 launching the SES-8 satellite and for the seventh flight of the Falcon 9 in January 2014 launching the Thaicom-6 satellite.

Read more about the talk here.