NASA (Johnson Space Center) Intern Rocket Launch. Apogee: ~900ft. Rocket Model: HyperLOC 835

Rocket Project at UCLA

Ever since the E96: Rockets class introduced me to rocketry, I have been spending an inordinate amount of my time working with the UCLA Rocket Project at UCLA, and loving it! In 2020-2021 I was the Recovery Lead for Project Ares, and developed a custom ejection system in addition to designing the parachute shock-cord layout. In 2021-2022 I am the lead of Team Aurora, responsible for the club’s research and development. We are currently pursuing actively controlled rockets that use gimbaling thrust or various control surfaces in order to stabilize their ascent.

Recovery 2020-2021


The other fun job I have in Rocket Project is being a mentor in our RISE program for new Rocket Project members. Over the course of the quarter we teach the fundamentals of rocketry, and students get to design and manufacture their own model rockets (with 2750ft apogee!).

I also participate in quarterly outreach events, where we bring small 3D-printed rockets to elementary schools around the LA Area, and teach them how they work. It’s always a great experience to launch with kids as excited as they are!