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Abdalla Abdulaal

Abdalla Abdulaal

Abdalla is a Junior at USM and currently majoring in IT. Some of his academic interests is working with servers, databases and program development. Abdalla is a part of the web development team for the USM CubeSat. And is interested in becoming a full-stack developer for a big company or his own company one day. Abdalla is also a car enthusiast and love taking pictures of his car.

CRATE (Website Design and Development)

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Dr. Daniel M. Martínez

Dr. Martínez earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester. Since joining USM in 2008, Dr. Martínez has been a member of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy working on both scholarship and teaching, publishing three energy textbooks, and creating ESP’s energy curriculum. Dr. Martínez’s current research interests are in environmental sensors, air quality monitoring and CubeSat remote sensing payloads.

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Patrick Crnogorac

    1. Patrick is a Senior at the University of Southern Maine studying Cybersecurity and Geographic Information Systems, and is a part of the web development team for USM CubeSat. He is excited to be a part of the CubeSat initiative at USM, and to practice and expand his skills in the areas of web design and databases. In the future, Patrick hopes to be working with either one or all of the following cybersecurity topics: penetration testing, physical security, disaster recovery, and more!
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    • CRATE (Website Design and Development)
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Dr. Robert Kuech

Dr. Robert Kuech taught middle and high school physics, chemistry, and physical science for 20 years before accepting an NSF Research Assistant Grant to Penn State to work on a Ph.D. in science education. In 1999 “Dr. Bob” finished his studies at Penn State and came directly to the University of Southern Maine and has served as the science educator in the Teacher Education Department since that time. Dr. Kuech has been a member of research teams that have studied whale health in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill and scientific ballooning with students here in Maine. He has also co-coordinated the regional competition of the National Science Bowl since its start in 2000.

Michael Waterman

Michael Waterman

My name is Michael and I am a senior student in the mechanical engineering program. I minored in applied mathematics and am interested in research involving development of mathematical methods for physical modeling. Some of my non-academic hobbies include long distance trail running, rock climbing, reading, and playing musical instruments.

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Thomas Bickford

Thomas Bickford is the Director of STEM Outreach and Services for the College of Science, Technology, and Health. Tom has spent his career either teaching, administering, or practicing engineering and education. Most recently he was the Director of the non-profit STEM outreach entity, Maine Robotics. Before that he served as the Director of the Agent Institute at the University of Maine and the Assistant Director of the Center for Distance Education and Telemedicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. While at Maine Robotics, Tom oversaw the continued development of Maine’s largest k-12 STEM outreach program, eventually reaching over 20,000 students and over 650,000 contact hours with the Maine students enrolled in the different programs. Tom’s graduate work included building the world’s first ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) telemedicine system, both constructing and programming the system under an NTIA grant. Eventually connecting the major medical centers of UNC and Duke with each other and two of their sending hospitals in rural North Carolina. As an educator, Tom has taught math, science, and computer science from the 6th grade up through the collegiate level, as well as holding hundreds of workshops and personally led over 70 weeks of summer technology camp. While Tom holds no degree in Computer Science, he has been programming since 1979 and can program in over a dozen languages. Tom is an avid technologist and tinkerer and builds computers or 3D prints to keep occupied when time allows, he is also a bicycle enthusiast and Zwifter (online cycling).

Omer Khalil

Omer Khalil

  1. My name is Omer Khalil. I’m an Electrical Engineer student at the University of Southern Maine. I love learning about space and working on projects that deal with space.
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  3. CRATE program (Cubesat ground station)
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Dr. Warren Ziegler

Warren Ziegler is an accomplished professional in the energy, environmental and aerospace fields. Warren worked on the Viking Mars meteorology experiment while at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies and later worked on the aerodynamics of the stealth fighter at Lockheed. At the energy technology company Acumentrics, Warren was Vice President of Technology and led a team of 50 scientists and engineers developing state of the art high temperature fuel cells. While at the Acumentrics, Warren obtained a nine year $74M Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop and commercialize solid oxide fuel cells. Subsequently, Warren acted as a consultant for the DOE, reporting to the Chief Technology Officer and lab director. While at the DOE, Warren brought in new technologies and partnerships with industry and spent time briefing members of Congress and their staff on the work of the DOE. As a way of giving back to the community, Warren recently taught math and science at the high school level. In 2019, Warren contributed the remote sensing, attitude control, and telemetry sections to the successful NASA Cubesat Launch Initiative proposal for MESAT-1, the first satellite from the state of Maine. Warren Ziegler obtained his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from New York University.

Lucia Bolles

Lucia Bolles

  1. Lucia is in her final year of the Environmental Planning and Policy program with a minor in Geospatial Information Systems. She is a paralegal for a small law firm in southern Maine and enjoys spending time with her three dogs.
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Dr. Scott J. Eaton

Dr. Eaton is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at USM and helps lead the UCDC and cubesat development workshops. He specializes in combustion and fuel process engineering and is a strong advocate of space technology and engineering. In his free time, Dr. Eaton enjoys all manner of board sports, hiking and playing music.

James Higgins

James Higgins

I am currently a Junior at USM, and am a mechanical engineering major. My main academic interests are physics, engineering, and philosophy. My main interests regarding engineering are space and renewable energy.

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Dr. Ashanthi Maxworth

Dr. Ashanthi Maxworth is currently an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern Maine. She is originally from Sri Lanka, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering at University of Moratuwa. Her Masters and Doctorate are from the University of Colorado Denver. Her graduate thesis work was on electromagnetic wave propagation in the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere. Upon graduation she held a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Saskatchewan Canada for almost three years, analyzing satellite observations of natural EM waves. She has a decade of teaching experience and has published more than ten peer reviewed journal articles. Since August 2020, she has been working as a tenure track faculty member at USM.

Jon Dyer

Jon Dyer

Electrical Engineering Major with a concentration in Power Distribution: the design, fabrication, and installation of.  Other interests: Lover of hockey, golf, and God.

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Dr. Asheesh Lanba

Asheesh is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern Maine (USM). He is also the PI of the Lasers and Materials Engineering (LAME) research group that does work in the fields of advanced materials, LATscan, and image analysis. He is interested in aerospace applications of advanced materials. He obtained his PhD in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. He obtained his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University (or NTU) in Singapore, with a final year specialization in Aeronautical Engineering. He also played cricket for NTU at the national and inter-varsity level in Singapore.

Dahnesh Upton

Dahnesh Upton

  1. Dahnesh is a 3rd-year Electrical Engineer in-training who is also a Licensed General Class Amateur Radio Operator since 2007. When he is not studying for his classes, he enjoys tinkering with electronics, working people over the radio, doing factory modifications to his car, and joining his cat in snoozing.
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Dr. So Young Han

Dr. Han is the Director of Maker Innovation and the STEP up STEM program. She has over 20 years experience in innovative curricula, creative pedagogy, and environmentally cognitive community projects. She is a skilled “maker” and oversees the MIST labs. She also likes coffee, skill collecting, and innovative Korean cooking.

John Pride

John Pride

John is originally from North Yarmouth, Maine and has returned home to finish his mechanical engineering degree after serving 8 years in the Army. He’s aiming for a career in aerospace where he can continue to pursue his love for aviation and space.

    • CRATE (Cubesat Simulator)
John Bono

John Bono

John Bono is in his senior year at the University of Southern Maine and is a current mechanical engineering student. He has recently become interested in optical and manufacturing engineering. Outside of academics, John enjoys hiking and fishing during the warm months and snowboarding in the winter.

    • Earthshine Project
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Tyler Ellingwood

I am an Electrical engineering student, who has had a lifelong interest in space. I enjoy programming and teaching others.

    • Attitude Determination and Control system with UMaine