The Board & Staff
- 1 The Board of Directors
- 1.1 Position Descriptions
- 1.2 Meet the Board of Directors!
- 2 Operations, Projects and Job Site Staff
- 3 Point of Contact
The Board of Directors
The board of SEDS USA is comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Chair of Council of Chapters, and two Member at Larges. Each position is held for 1-Year increments with the election process occurring at the annual SpaceVision conference.
A proven leader who has a well-rounded idea of not only what it takes to foster and grow an organization but also how to balance that with realistic constraints. The Chair's main duties include but are not limited to:
- Lead the Board of Directors and SEDS-USA
- Schedule and preside over regular meetings
- Coordinate and manage the efforts of Board and Staff members
- Provide vision for the future of the organization
Someone who can take over for the Chair when necessary and be effective at managing the national team. In addition, this officer coordinates partners and sponsors in industry and beyond. The Vice-Chair's main duties include but are not limited to:
- Manage national fundraising, including for the annual SpaceVision conference
- Serve as the face of SEDS-USA to industry and organizational partners
- Ensure effective communication between the Boards of Directors. Trustees, and Advisors
- Assume the role of Chair when called upon
Someone who really wants to learn about handling the accounting for a national 501(c)3 organization. This is an incredible opportunity for those business/finance/accounting students that are having a hard time finding where their skills fit into the space industry. The Treasurer's main duties include but are not limited to:
- Ensure continuation of the organization’s nonprofit status
- Manage SEDS-USA donations and spending
- Develop and revise an annual budget
A student with keen attention to detail that, beyond taking notes during meetings, will keep the national organization running smoothly and help to ensure the communication/preservation of information across the SEDS infrastructure now and into the future. The Secretary's duties include but are not limited to:
- Keep the machinery of SEDS-USA running smoothly
- Maintain and reinforce the continuity of information, including note-taking and file management
- Track and manage membership information
Chair of Council of Chapters
Community leaders wanted! The Council of Chapters Chair is the liaison between the SEDS chapters and the Board of Directors, making real the focus of SEDS-USA on the development of its student members. The Chair of Council of Chapter's duties include but are not limited to:
- Organize and lead monthly CoC meetings
- Distribute newsletters to and collect feedback from chapters
- Facilitate interaction across SEDS’ membership and communicate their concerns to the Board
- Guide new chapters and connect them with others in their region
Member at Large
Two passionate SEDS members with specific ideas and the drive to implement them at a national level. In addition to vision, a proven track record of successful execution is key. The Member at Large's main duties include but are not limited to:
- Manage projects and events
- Take point on new national initiatives
- Support chapter participation in national activities
Meet the Board of Directors!
Dan Hirst, Chair
Originally hailing from Brentwood England, I am currently a senior computer science and physics student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I joined SEDS in late 2017 as Treasurer, before progressing to serve as Chair for the 2018-2019 year. I am particularly passionate about access to information, especially in the traditionally opaque space industry. My dream is to make Earth Observation insights more accessible to humanitarian organizations. In my spare time, I am building an escape room on our university campus with some friends, and watch a little bit too much Great British Bake Off.
Melanie Crowson, Vice Chair
Currently a graduate student in astronomy at American Public University, I began my journey into the sciences as a curious-minded child who reached for every book on space that I could find, culminating in the telescope that I built with my father in high school. I have since been a planetarium operator, mathematics tutor and lead several astronomy outreach events for my community. I am working on RR Lyrae variable star research and supernova hunting projects along with my duties to the SEDS USA family. It is an honor to serve as Vice Chair on the SEDS USA national board, Ad Astra!
Matthew Barr, Treasurer
Hello all! My name is Matt and I come from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. I am a junior mechanical engineering student working as the Treasurer for SEDS USA, a research assistant for the Robotics and Locomotion Laboratory at UMass Lowell, a ground station engineer and web developer for the Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology, and as a Drone Pilot for the Civil Engineering Department of UMass Lowell. I am passionate about space exploration and contributing in any way that I can to the overall knowledge basis that humanity has.
Gautham Viswaroopan, Chair of Council of Chapters
Hey there! I am Gautham Viswaroopan, a current graduate student at CU Boulder in Aerospace Engineering focused on structures and materials coming from an undergrad in mechanical engineering with a minor in astrophysics and planetary sciences. SEDS has been a university-long career as I have been invested in this organization since 2013. From SEDS, I have had the opportunity to work with NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, LASP, and DigitalGlobe and would love to offer you the same opportunity! Currently, I also sit as SEDS Earth chair running integrated operations of 31 countries and am an adjunct lecturer at CU for an aerospace graduate course. I want to bring more opportunities into SEDS and allow all upcoming chapters to reach to the stars, farther than SEDS ever has before. Ad Astra Per Aspera!!
Jessica Maschino, Secretary
Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Maschino and I’m serving on the SEDS USA Board of Executives as the Secretary. I am an undergraduates Arizona State University studying mechanical engineering and earth and space exploration with a concentration in exploration systems design. I have been a SEDS member since the fall of 2016 and immediately got involved as SEDS-ASU’s media chair. Since then, I’ve held every officer position except treasurer! I am passionate about all areas of space, but am most passionate about exploring our solar system with robots! I was fortunate to have the opportunity to have a co-op at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While I was there I worked supporting the mechanical systems engineers on Europa Clipper and as a testbed operator for the sample caching system (SCS) for Mars 2020. Now that I’m back at school, I work on the Psyche mission as a project coordinator intern. In my free time, I like to play Overwatch on Xbox or go on a hike if it’s cool enough outside. If you’re also on Xbox, add me @JessicaMariebie. I am also working on planning SpaceVision 2019 with my best friend, and SEDS ASU alumni and Brooke Owens Fellow, Angelica Berner!
Charlie Nitschelm, Member at Large
Hi everyone! I am currently a student at the University of New Hampshire (UNH, an hour above Boston) where I have been studying mechanical engineering. I am set to graduate in May 2020 and am very excited to move on from my undergrad. During my sophomore year, I started the first aerospace engineering organization at UNH, also becoming New Hampshire's first SEDS chapter. During our first year, we worked on basic rocket building techniques using off-the-shelf engines (primarily Cessaroni) where we started from the bottom and landed at launching multi-stage rockets with MATLAB flight simulation and rocket dimension optimization. The next year (2018-2019), we worked on designing and manufacturing New Hampshire's first hybrid rocket engine, Runaway, where we are aiming to hot fire test in August 2019. With this upcoming year, we will be working to get a working Hybrid rocket utilizing Runaway to compete in the Spaceport America Cup. I joined the board of directors in June of 2019 with the goal to connect the SEDS students throughout the USA for knowledge, networking and support. My primary project throughout the 2019 summer has been the development of this Wiki! It will be an amazing tool that has ALL the information I would have loved to have when starting a student organization and more. As for other experiences, I have spent this last summer in Long Beach, California, working at Rocket Lab helping manufacture the Rutherford Engine for the Electron launch vehicle. If anyone has any questions or would like to just have a conversation, I am always open to learning about any SEDS fam around the country.
Phone Number (text first): 603-923-9079
Obi Anyadiegwu, Member at Large
Originally hailing from Lagos Nigeria, I am currently a senior mechanical and energy engineering student at the University of North Texas. I am passionate about spin-off technologies and how research into space exploration improves and enriches the human experience.
Operations, Projects and Job Site Staff
The board is hardly the entire SEDS USA organization. It takes many staff to make sure our website, sponsored projects, and overall business operations continue to move forward.
The operations Staff include:
- Miekkal Clarkson, Executive Director
- Libby Loyd, Alumni Coordinator
- Anandrao Biradar, Chapter Expansion Manager
- Ian Burrell, Social Media Coordinator
- Albert Lin, Webmaster
The Projects Staff include:
- Michael Thompson, Project Director
- Simon Shuham, Business Pitch Competition Manager
- Alex Thornton, SEDS Rocketry Competition Manager
- Sumayya Abukhalil, SEDS SAT-2 Competition Manager
- Nicole Chase, SSPI Satellite Design Competition Manager
Job Site Staff
The Job Site Staff include:
- Morgan Kainu, Jobsite Director
- Eric Laughlin, Jobsite Company Liason
- JJ Fielder, Jobsite Programmer
- Juan Aureoles, Jobsite Web Designer
Board of Directors Alumni
Point of Contact