Team Leads: Trenton Kuta & Chris Brownschilde
Trenton Kuta is a senior from Columbus, Nebraska studying Electrical Engineering and Physics. This is Trenton's third year on the team, and his second year as the lead of the Air-Braking Payload Team. In addition to the Rocket Team, Trenton is a student researcher at ISNAP: Notre Dame's nuclear physics lab. Last summer, he worked with the Canadian Penning Trap at Argonne National Lab, where he assisted the performance of precision nuclear mass measurements. Trenton is also an officer in both the Knights of Columbus and the Liturgical Choir at Notre Dame.
Chris Brownschilde is a senior aerospace engineering major, and this is his second year on the team's airbraking squad. He loves space, physics, and all things nerdy. His passion for math and science, coupled with a fascination of all things outer space, has made him choose to pursue a career in the aerospace industry. His time on the rocket team has let him learn more about rocketry, and contribute to some truly phenomenal projects.
Ryan Fielder is a sophomore Aerospace Engineering student from Kansas City. This is his first year on the team and he is excited to be a part of the Airbraking Team and eager to continue his experience with the team. This allows him to explore possible career paths in the aerospace industry, where he has the ultimate goal of working for a commercial space program. In his free time he enjoys playing the piano, reading, and playing sports with his friends.
Alex Altobelli is a sophomore studying aerospace engineering. This is her first year on the Notre Dame Rocketry team. During high school she was first exposed to the world of rocketry through the Team America Rocketry Challenge and has been hooked ever since. Her goal is to learn more about the rocketry industry and eventually have a career in the space industry. In her free time, Alex is a competitive Irish Dancer and enjoys being outside.
Emmet Farnan is a Junior Aerospace Engineering student from Long Island, NY. This is his first year on the Notre Dame Rocketry Team and he is very excited to be working on the apogee controlling "Air Braking Squad." Emmet dreams of pushing the boundaries of human understanding through pioneering space exploration missions. Outside of the rocketry team, Emmet is interested in photography, running and eating the hottest style Buffalo wings he can find.
Shannon Meyer is a sophomore aerospace engineering major at the University of Notre Dame, and she is originally from Alton, New Hampshire. This is Shannon's first year as a member of the Notre Dame Rocket Team, and she has enjoyed learning about rocketry, helping to build the Air-Braking Payload of the rocket, and getting to know her teammates better. Outside of rocketry, Shannon spends her time playing interhall sports with her dorm and serving as a Student Assistant for the freshmen engineering course at Notre Dame.