Executive Board

2020-2021

TRISTAN KINNEY

President

Tristan is a rising 4th year Mechanical Engineering student with a specialty in controls and robotics. Starting as a Vulcan-II‘s structures engineer he soon founded the “Rocket Lander Test-bed” and serves as the project manager for the project along with co-leading the propulsion team with Paul Guyett. He hopes to push the bounds of what SEDS is capable of by attempting to be the first students to ever propulsively land a rocket in order to highlight the importance of reusability and technology development in commercial space! When he is not building over-glorified ICBMs Tristan spends his time as a barista at M.O.M. coffee house in Muir and likes to collect vinyl and cassettes. Additionally, Tristan has completed a hybrid propulsion internship at Parabalis Space, a vehicle integration and test internship at Relativity, and is currently working as a propulsion intern at Relativity.

KENNETH WA

VP Business

Kenneth is a transfer student in his last year studying Aerospace Engineering. He joined SEDS’ propulsion team as the Nephas pintle injector development engineer as well as a propellant feed teammate on the Lander Testbed project. Kenneth’s business background comes from his work with nonprofit fundraising for STEM programs and alumni roles within First Robotics. He is currently working as an aerostructures engineering intern at Collins Aerospace.

ELIZABETH NELSON

Head of Internal Affairs

Liz is a rising 4th year Aerospace Engineering major. Starting as a Vulcan-II Structures engineer, she later served in this same position her sophomore year. After facing severe sexual harassment, Liz founded the SEDSxFEM project in order to diversify our chapter and give outreach to freshmen women engineers from underserved backgrounds. She is excited to expand the outreach project and is looking forward to her second round as recruitment chair this year. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing at the beach, iced coffee, and her rescue cat Mookie. Additionally, Liz has completed an avionics mechanical design internship at The Spaceship Company, and a propulsion internship at Virgin Galactic where she will return after graduation.

RUSUL ALBUSULTAN

Director of Engineering, Electrical

Rusul is a rising 4th year Electrical Engineering Major. Rusul started on the Pythia Cubesat team and is a mentor for the SEDSxFEM project. She is currently working as a hardware development intern at Amazon.

CHAZTINE “CX” EMBUCADO

VP Operations

CX is a rising 4th year Electrical Engineering major. She joined SEDS as a member of the Electronics team for Colossus. While she continues to work on Colossus, she is also a member of the Electronics team for the Methane Rocket. In her free time she enjoys swimming, journaling, and watching Formula 1.

Previous Years

YearPresidentVP OperationsVP EngineeringVP BusinessHead of Internal Affairs
’21/’22Tristan KinneyChaztine Xiana EmbucadoVictoria Alanis/VacantKenneth WahElizabeth Nelson
’20/’21Patrick FinnBreana GuerreroTristan KinneyVictoria Alanis/ Vicente LopezNathan Cramer/ Scott Hall
’19/’20Surya VohraSamantha LeePatrick FinnMax KellyElizabeth Nelson
’18/’19Surya VohraGuinevere BergJack NajarianTzinti Aguirre- MedinaMax Kelly
’17/’18Briana Puktianie/
Jack Najarian
Jack NajarianDennis Ren, Matt SantosHeather SkyeMax Kelly
’16/’17Darren CharrierFeennette NavarroFaris HamdiBen StensonHarley Norton
’15/’16Jesse LangFeennette Navarro
’14/’15Deepak AtyamAlex Finch