Meet the Leaders

NUSTARS Exec Board

Shawn Sobel

Shawn Sobel is a senior studying mechanical engineering. Born in California, he has since moved to Seattle.His career interests include aerospace, aviation, and defense. Last year, he led an NUSTARS team in the Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition. Additionally, he loves puppies, Mexican food, and traveling. 

Teddy Kim
Vice President

Teddy is a junior studying computer science and history (Latin America concentration). Originally from Busan, South Korea, he has moved around frequently and now calls Long Island, NY his home. He is currently studying abroad in Padua, Italy, and is involved in Alpha Kappa Psi and Korean American Student Association. He loves backpacking and exploring Chicago neighborhoods for great food.

Eddie Ellensohn

Eddie is a Computer Engineering and Economics major from Winnetka, Illinois. Currently a junior, he is Treasurer of NUSTARS and also a part of the electrical team for NSL. Outside of NUSTARS, he is involved in ISBE, brain-computer-interface research, and enjoys everything the Chicagoland Area has to offer. Eddie loves skiing, reading, and everything to do with food. He is excited for the year to come and all the cool things NUSTARS is going to accomplish.

Noah Sims
Public Relations

Noah Sims is a Manufacturing and Design Engineering Major (MaDE) from New York and is the current Public Relations Chair for the NUSTARS Board. He loves reading science fiction novels, traveling to new locations and criticizing bad action films.

Monica Berg
NSL Project Manager

Monica is a mechanical engineering major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She loves political humor/satire (John Oliver is life), music (Walk the Moon, Chvrches, Lana Del Rey, any indie pop basically), cooking/baking, and Game of Thrones (why is April so far away?). She has also been known to have dance parties with my roommate/better half, Nisha. She is so excited to be back with the coolest kids on campus (NUSTARS obviously) and cannot wait for some high-quality parachute folding and discussions about nozzles.

Carter Robinson
NSL Chief Engineer

Carter Robinson is a rising senior studying Mechanical Engineering and pursuing the Segal Design Certificate. When he is not playing with rockets or working in the machine shop, he can be found dressing up as a Viking and celebrating his love for the state of Minnesota.

Katie Varela
Foundation Project Manager

Katie is a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. She was born in New Jersey, but is looking to explore the world. Her interests are deeply rooted in aerospace, farming, and interior design. When she finishes university, she hopes to move to the middle East, where she thinks her rocket knowledge will be best utilized.

Rob Sanders
Foundation Chief Engineer

Rob Sanders is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. Outside of NUSTARS, Rob is a Project Wildcat counselor, and the professional development lead of Engineers Without Borders. Rob enjoys long walks on the beach and candle-lit dinners.

Wesley Chan
NSET Project Manager

Wesley is a sophomore majoring in computer science. He was born and raised in Chicago. If you know him well enough, you'll be most annoyed by his incessant quoting, and misquoting, of Drake lyrics. He ran track and cross country in high school, where he holds the school records for the mile and the 5k. Currently, he is an RA in Elder and is the Vice-President of fundraising for Delta Sigma Pi.

Matt Nicholson
NSET Chief Engineer

Matt Nicholson is a sophomore 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 part of the NSET. The only thing he loves more than high altitude ballooning is his PM, Wesley. In his free time, Matt loves cheering on his favorite basketball team, the Chicago Sky.

Yoo-Sung Kim
RASCAL Project Manager

I am a senior in Electrical Engineering. I love studying Electrons, but am also interested in Robotics. Outside of class, I enjoy working out, staying fit, playing soccer and cycling. I like exploring the unknown and following my curiosity, as well as discovering the Cosmos.

Newlin Weatherford
RASCAL Lead Engineer

Newlin is in his 4th of 5 years at Northwestern, majoring in mechanical engineering, physics, and integrated science. Joining NUSTARS as a freshman, he participated in the Microgravity Team's biology experiment onboard NASA's "Weightless Wonder." Upon NASA's cancelation of their Reduced Gravity Flight Program, he formed the new NASA RASC-AL engineering design team to continue NUSTARS' research involvement. Most recently, Newlin received a NASA summer grant to study and simulate dynamical production of black hole binaries in star clusters.

Arturas Malinauskas

Arturas is a sophomore from Nashville, Tennesee. He is studying Mechanical Engineering with hopes of entering the aerospace industry. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, running, and carpentry.

Julie Skoll

Julie Skoll is a sophomore 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, and tree-climbing (mainly to retrieve rockets).

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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