The DANDE Team


Current Team 

Brenden Hogan

Brenden is an undergraduate at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Aerospace Engineering department. He has been involved with the DANDE project for 1-2 years and performed a variety of tasks and roles such as currently being one of the DANDE Executive Leads. Brenden has traveled for both environmental testing in Albuquerque, as well as out to California for final integration testing. He's originally from Littleton, Colorado and enjoys all that the Colorado area has to offer. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree after graduating with a BS in spring 2015.


Miranda Link

Miranda is currently pursuing a BA in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences with a minor in Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is currently serving as one of the DANDE Executive Leads on the project, helping with tasks across the board such as STK analyses and various Mission Operations documentation. She has also traveled to AFRL for Thermal-Vaccuum environmental testing. Miranda is originally from Johnstown, Colorado and has been a student at CU Boulder since Fall 2009. She will be graduating December 2013 with hopes to still be an active player in the DANDE team post-graduation.
Mark Sakaguchi
Mark is currently pursuing a BS/MS Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He has been a part of the DANDE project for over 2 years, which included having the roles of Mission Operations Lead and former Executive Lead with Miranda and Brenden. He is currently focusing on senior projects while helping the team through current major tasks. Mark is originally from Thornton, Colorado and has been a student at CU Boulder since Fall 2010.  His focus area for his graduate work is in the area of fluid mechanics and propulsion.
Megan O'Sullivan

Megan is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Her interests are mainly in Human Spaceflight, Orbital Mechanics, and Mission Operations. Megan is originally from Houston, Texas, and came to CU Boulder in the Fall of 2010. She is currently a member of the DANDE Mission Operations Team.


Devan Corona

Devan is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences with a Minor in Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has worked on the DANDE project since his first semester of freshman year on Mission Operations, Flight Software Testing and Assembly and Integration. Devan is a member of the University of Colorado Freestyle Ski Team and is originally from New Jersey.


Tanya Hardon

Tanya is currently pursuing a BS Degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a Mission Operations Specialist, and works on both the DANDE and ALL-STAR teams. Tanya has worked on various pieces of the DANDE project, from subsystem testing to Mission Operations documentation. She is originally from Thornton, Colorado and is going into her third year at CU Boulder. She will be graduating in May of 2015.


Caitlyn Cooke

Caitlyn is currently in her senior year, pursuing a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a BS in Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a software and systems engineer for the DANDE, ALL-STAR, and PolarCube missions. She has worked on many aspects of these projects, such as software architecture, integrated system testing and debugging, operational planning, and science instrument characterization. After graduation, Caitlyn plans on pursuing a PhD in the field of RF and Communications. She is originally from Portola, California.


Maggie Williams

Maggie is from Littleton, Colorado, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been a part of the DANDE team since her first semester in Fall 2012 and has played a role in many mission operations tasks such as writing code for science processing and performing orbit analyses. She hopes to specialize in bioastronautics and possibly obtain a master's degree in this field.


Lindsey Buxman

Lindsey Buxman has been a student at CU Boulder since Fall 2012. She is from Pueblo, Colorado and is pursuing a B.A. in Applied Mathematics. Her interests are in math, finance and aerospace engineering. Lindsey is currently a member of the Mission Operations team on the DANDE project.


Soo Park
Soo is an undergraduate Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Colorado at boulder. She joined the DANDE MIssion Operations team in Spring of 2013 as a volunteer. She is currently assisting other members with their tasks such as User's Guide for DANDE. She will be graduating from University of Colorado at Boulder in May  2016. 


Gabe Frank

 Gabe is currently a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, who is looking at doing the BS/MS program for Aerospace Engineering (graduating May 2017).  He joined the DANDE MOPS team in the fall of 2012, and was a part of the ADCS team, learning spin-up and attitude control, concepts and procedures. This past fall he has been working with the team that will make first contact with DANDE on launch.


Nick Peper


New team members as of this semester (Fall 2013) are as follows: Autumn Braley, Daniel Johnson, Liam Kolber, Justin Norman and William Sear.


Active Mentors (biographies up shortly)


Kyle D. Kemble
DANDE Program Manager 2010-2013
B.S. Aerospace Engineering Sciences 2007-2011
M.S. Aerospace Engineering Sciences - Remote Sensing 2011-2013
University of Colorado Boulder 

Kyle joined the DANDE team 3 months prior to the Flight Competition Review (FCR) building the solar arrays for the spacecraft. After FCR moved into the roll of integration and testing lead overseeing major systems integrated testing. In 2010 he became the program manager working with the final flight system through the Pre-Shippment Review (PSR) with Air Force Research Labs, then transitioning into the Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) at Kirtland AFB, NM. As part of his graduate studies Kyle worked with DANDE PI Dr. Scott Palo to analyze the instrument response of the Wind & Temperature Spectrometer for the DANDE mission in preparation for data analysis post science operations. He is now working at AFRL in the flight experiments programs branch (RVEP) as the project lead for the University NanoSatellite Program as well as the Boston University BUSat On-Oribt technology demonstrator mission.


Rees McNally

DANDE Integration and Testing Lead
Undergraduate Engineering Physics and Applied Mathematics
University of Colorado Boulder
Involved heavily during the final stages of DANDE's development, Rees was involved in many aspects of DANDE's development, both operationally and from a hardware stand point. With DANDE finished and awaiting launch, Rees will be providing support for the mission, through engineering knowledge of the system, and science processing. Current research is being done into how to advance DANDE's science mission through advanced data fitting algorithm's, including the potential implementation of a Compressed Sensing architecture.

Engineering Design Team

Name Subsystem
Marcin Pilinski Management, Science
Peter Brehm  
Jessica "JB" Brown Mission Operations (MOP), Integration and Testing (I&T)
Matt Capron Separations Test Engineer (SEP)
Eric Palkhe Electrical Hardware
Eric Dickey Accelerometer (ACC)
Brady Young Attitude Determination & Control Advisor (ADC)
Chris Craighill Accelerometer (ACC), Science
Grant Fritz Command and Data Handling Lead (CDH)
Steve Gipe Mission Operations (MOP), Integration and Testing (I&T)
Bruce Davis Integration and Testing Advisor (I&T)
Lucas Greve Communications Software (COM SFT)
Andrew Gunn Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE)
Mason Hauck Ground Software (GND SFT)
Connor Janowiak Ground Software (GND SFT)
Lee Jasper Project Manager (PM), Mission Operations (MOP)
Kyle Kemble Integration and Testing Lead (I&T)
Kody Mallory Command and Data Handling (CDH), Neutral Mass Spectrometer (NMS)
Carolyn Maurus (MOP), Integration and Testing (I&T)
Mishellay Nichols Operations (OPS)
Shannon Dickson Thermal (THM), Integration and Testing (I&T)
Blake Orth

Attitude Determination & Control (ADC)

Eric Pahlke       

Electrical Hardware

Stephanie Pitts

Command and Data Handling (CDH), Software (SFT)

Brain Sanders Command and Data Handling Lead (CDH)
Mike Skeen Structures Lead
Sarah Smith Structures Management (STR/MGMT)
Daniel "DJ" Sutton Command and Data Handling (CDH), Software (SFT)
Katie Williamson Operations (OPS)
Malcolm Young

Communications (COM RF), Machining

Principal Investigator

Chris Koehler
Director, Colorado Space Grant Consortium
University of Colorado at Boulder

Mr. Koehler has been the PI on several programs including but not limited to STTR/SBIR NASA subcontract with Redefine Technologies, for design of a triple redundant spacecraft system T3RSS.  He has also been PI on IOSTAR/COSGC Nuclear Space Tug Research Collaboration, the Air Force Research Labs Student Hands-On Training (SHOT) workshops, Colorado Students and Mentors Applying Research in Space (C-SMARTS), and NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Higher Education grant for undergraduate and graduate student research.  He was also PI on NASA’s Workforce Development Program titled DemoSat for three years.  He is also the PI on NASA’s Colorado Space Grant Consortium Grant.  His many PI experiences in spacecraft-technology and space-science make him the perfect primary investigator for the DANDE mission.


Dr. Jeffrey Forbes
Glenn Murphy Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0429

Professor Forbes currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, and is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics). He is a former member of the National Academy of Sciences Committees on Solar and Space Physics (1985-1988) and on Solar Terrestrial Research (1987-1990), in addition to a number of professional society committees, working groups and advisory committees at the national and international levels. Recent activities in this area include service on the NASA Hq Sun-Earth Connections Advisory Subcommittee (SECAS, 2001-2004), the NASA APIO (Advanced Program Integration Office) Sun-Solar System Connections Roadmap Team (2004-2005), and the Integrated Program Review Committee (IPRC) for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS, 2001-2005). He was Chair of the Science Steering Committee for the NSF CEDAR Program from 1994-1996, and is one of nine Principal Investigators on the NASA TIMED Mission (2001-present).

Dr. Scott Palo
Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0429

The central overarching thrust of Dr. Palo’s research is to understand how disturbances are generated in the Earth's atmosphere and how they effect the dynamics, thermal structure and composition of the coupled mesosphere-thermosphere-ionosphere system (50 to 400 km).  His work also includes the understanding of the complex sampling relationships which occur when spacecraft are used to measure these disturbances.  Dr. Palo has worked at the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and has published many papers on the topics of atmospheric phenomena and satellite density variation measurements.  His interest in these areas is a key asset to the DANDE mission as Dr. Palo has devoted much effort to sensor data and sensor data analysis in the context of studying the neutral atmosphere.


Bruce Bowman
Senior Astrodynamicist

As the senior astrodynamicist for the Air Force, Mr. Bowman has been working with and advancing the atmospheric density models used by the Air Force for drag prediction and precision orbit determination.  His current work is concentrated on the analysis of satellite orbits to calibrate the density model in near-real time.  He has also recently released a new atmospheric density model, the Jacchia-Bowman 2006.  Mr. Bowman has published over twenty papers on the topics of satellite drag, atmospheric density, and drag coefficient variation and is the topmost expert in the field of model calibration through satellite observations.

Dr. Tim Fuller-Rowell
Senior Research Associate and Fellow of CIRES
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado,
Head of Upper Atmosphere Research Group

Dr. Timothy Fuller-Rowell is a senior research associate and fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado.  He is currently stationed at NOAA and is the head of the Upper Atmosphere Research Group.  Dr. Fuller-Rowell is responsible for developing the first three-dimensional, time-dependent model of the global thermosphere.  He then went on to produce the first coupled ionosphere-thermosphere model and has later included coupling to the plasmasphere.  Dr. Fuller-Rowell has published over 150 scientific papers in refereed journals, has presented numerous invited talks at national and international meetings, and has served on or chaired several national and international panels and committees.

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