2022-2023 Board of Directors
As the largest student ran non-profit in the United States, our student directors have a strong passion for space and teaching others about it. They are responsible for growing the organization and they transition at the annual SpaceVision Conference
Audrey Scott, Chair: University of Chicago
Audrey Scott is a third-year student at the University of Chicago studying astrophysics. An aspiring polymath with a planned double major in anthropology and a professional past in art and communications, she aims to promote the space industry as an interdisciplinary field for everyone. When not studying, she enjoys reading sci-fi and expanding her ever-growing comic collection.
Alice Wade, Vice-Chair: University of New Hampshire
Alice is a Junior Mechanical Engineering Student at the University of New Hampshire. Currently the president of UNH SEDS, Alice has worked for the past two years with her team on building a hybrid rocket for the Spaceport America Cup. In becoming a Member-at-Large for SEDS USA, she intends to help smaller or more isolated SEDS chapters connect with their communities and share resources like mentors, ideas, launch sites, and more!
Nathan Drzadinski, Secretary: Purdue
Nathan is a second-year Electrical Engineering student at Purdue University with a minor in Theatre Production and Design. Over the last year, he has enjoyed leading the Command and Data Handling team of Purdue Space Program’s Satellite team. He is over the moon to be on the Board of Directors this year and hopes to help created a positive impact. When not doing schoolwork or exploring his passion for space, Nathan loves to go on outdoor adventures.
Griffin Hentzen, Chair of the Council of Chapters: Purdue University
Griffin is a junior Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, working towards a career in developing orbital technologies. He was the Treasurer for the Purdue SEDS chapter: Purdue Space Program. He’s thrilled to be the treasurer this year, and can’t wait to help SEDS grow at a national level. He’s also the Chief Engineer on PSP’s CubeSat team, where they hope to develop a 3D food printer in microgravity.
Rohan Gupta, Treasurer: University of Chicago
Rohan is a third-year student studying physics, astrophysics, and computer science at the University of Chicago. As a member of the SEDS chapter at the University of Chicago, he helped organize SpaceVision 2022, hosted at the University of Chicago and can’t wait to work more with SEDS-USA on projects at a national level. Outside of studying, he is an avid boxer, and also loves flying, currently holding a Private Pilot’s License.
Shiyu Chen, Member at Large: Cal Poly Pomona
Shiyu Chen is a senior Aerospace Engineering major and Studio Arts minor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is an active member of CPP’s SEDS chapter UMBRA, participating in multiple high power rocketry projects over the years as well as being on the board as the 3D Printing manager. She’s ecstatic to be Member At Large this year and hopes to use her position to grow the SEDS community and expand its interdisciplinary reach. Outside of school, she loves live music, cosplay, and taking care of her many pets.
Raul Mariani, Member at Large: Case Western
Raul Mariani is a third year student currently working on a Co-Op at a landing gear company. Pursuing a double major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Raul hopes to work in the aerospace industry after graduation. Raul was the founder of the SEDS chapter at Case Western Reserve University and currently continues to work on the executive board as treasurer. Super excited for the opportunity given to him, Raul is thrilled to be able to work with SEDSUSA and its board of directors and hopes to make it better for all its members.