Meet the Leaders

NUSTARS Exec Board

Monica Berg

Monica Berg is a senior studying mechanical engineering. When she’s (rarely) not building rockets or tutoring younger students, she loves to cook, talk about her tremendous love of puppies and ice cream, and go on outdoor adventures.

Eddie Ellensohn
Vice President

Eddie is a Computer Engineering and Economics major who is also completing the Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduates in Managerial Analytics. When he's not busy with NUSTARS or classes, Eddie loves skiing, reading, catching up on Game of Thrones, and everything to do with food.

Bryan Romero

Bryan is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. He loves rockets, basketball, and helping others. Go Cats.

Rob Sanders
Public Relations

Rob is a Junior studying mechanical engineering. He has previously been chief engineer of the Foundation Rocketry Team, and a member of the midwest team. When he isn't slaving away at Northwestern or for GE Aviation in Cincinatti he likes enjoying an ice cold coke with some pals

Julie Skol
NSL Project Manager

Julie Skoll is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering from North Potomac, Maryland. She is interested in the aerospace field. Outside of NUSTARS, she enjoys traveling, hiking, watching love flourish on The Bachelorette.

Bryce Timmons
NSL Chief Engineer

Bryce is a senior studying mechanical engineering major. He has career interests in aerospace and aviation. Other than rockets, he loves dogs, movies, hiking, and traveling to new places

Kendall Kuzminskas
Foundation Project Manager

Kendall Kuzminskas is a sophomore computer engineer. She is from Boston, Massachusetts, but was born in Minnesota. She has traveled to every continent except for Antarctica. She is obsessed with dogs, especially her 175 pound Great Dane. She loves being active and watching sports (especially the Patriots who are the best team ever. She has a list of counter evidence to the supposed 'deflate-gate' fiasco).

Will Reinhardt
Foundation Chief Engineer

Will Reinhardt (or Lil Will) is a sophomore studying electrical engineering. In addition to rockets, Will does research in a lab and tries to convince people not to call him Medium Will. Some of his favorite things are free food, Kendall's organization skills, and bad movies.

Alex Samland
NSET Project Manager

Alex is a sophomore mechanical engineering student who grew up overseas in Budapest, Hungary. Outside of NUSTARS, Alex is involved in club soccer, Cru, and Project SOAR mentoring. His favorite pastimes include beating his roommates at FIFA, eating captain crunch, and gazing pensively out at lake Michigan.

Matt Nicholson
NSET Chief Engineer

Matt Nicholson is a third-year studying Computer Science and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences. He has always been interested in space exploration and he is excited to make impact as the Chief Engineer of the NSET. The only thing he loves more than high altitude ballooning is his PM, Alex. In his free time, Matt loves cheering on his favorite basketball team, the Chicago Sky.

Ariel Hersey
RASCAL Project Manager

Ariel Hersey is a Junior from Chicago, Illinois. She is currently studying Mechanical Engineering and the project manager of RASCAL. She is interested in a career in the aerospace industry. Her other passions are travelling and cooking.

Manan Shah
RASCAL Lead Engineer

I'm a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student. I've loved space since I was little, always dreaming up new and fanciful space craft. NUSTARS has been an amazing place to live my passion. I have learnt a lot about space, from how to build an amateur rocket to how to design a space station. In addition to space and engineering, I'm a member of the Club Fencing team, and I dance on the Ballroom, Latin and Swing team (BLAST).

Katie Varela

Katie is a junior mechanical engineer. She was born in New Jersey and has never pumped her own gas, but is looking to explore the world. Her interests are deeply rooted in designing rockets, building rockets, and painting rockets. Outside of NUSTARS she enjoys representing her school as a tour guide. When she finishes university, she hopes to travel around to all of the Space and Aerospace Museums located across America.

Jake Clady

Jake is a sophomore chemical engineer. He is from Kenosha, Wisconsin, which just so happens to be the launch site for many NUSTARS launches. He enjoys being active and playing most sports, although he is particularly good at soccer and bad at baseball. When he is not doing chemical engineering or building rockets, Jake Clady also plays club ultimate frisbee.

Below are few of the companies and organizations that our leaders have been a part of for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions.

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