2017-18 Illinois Space Society Technical Director – Connor Latham
Connor Latham is the Illinois Space Society’s Space Grant team lead this year. He is a freshman majoring in Aerospace Engineering because he thinks designing plane or rocket parts as a job would be more interesting than anything else. As a part of the Space Grant team, he is working on a toggleable active drag system for a high power rocket in order to slow its ascent. His other activities include ultimate frisbee, building drones, and watching Black Mirror.
2017-18 Illinois Space Society Technical Managers
NASA Student Launch
Hybrid Rocket Engine: Anthony Cloe
Anthony is a senior in Aerospace Engineering graduating in December of 2018. He transferred to the University of Illinois last fall from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. This past summer he interned with Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama where he designed mock-ups of payloads currently on board the International Space Station. His involvement with the Illinois Space Society has included Student Launch and Hybrid Rocket Engine. He is eager to lead the Hybrid Team this year and is hoping to collect important data to help improve upon the design of the engine before integrating it with a full-scale rocket.
NASA Space Grant: Shivani Ganesh
Shivani Ganesh, a freshman in aerospace engineering, knew Illinois was the perfect fit since attending both the GAMES Aerospace Camp and SWE’s Little Sister’s Weekend in high school. Upon arriving unto campus, she became the ISS SEDS Representative, as well as the Tech Manager for the NASA Space Grant team. Outside of ISS, Shivani loves geeking out about superheroes, and (being a dancer for 14 years) dancing in the most random of situations, and hiking in national parks. With a level of enthusiasm only possessed by an individual that has not reached TAM, Shivani is extremely excited for the road ahead.
RASC-AL: Benjamin O’Hearn
Ben is a junior in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering. He transferred to Illinois fall 2016 from Loyola Chicago where he was studying physics. This year will be his second year in ISS and he has been an active member of both RASC-AL and Hybrid throughout the past year. Outside of ISS and his classes, he loves cooking and listening to all kinds of music.
NASA Micro-g NExT
High Altitude Balloon (HAB): Gianna Ciaglia
Gianna Ciaglia is a current undergraduate student in Aerospace Engineering from Aurora, Colorado. This is her second year in the Illinois Space Society and in High Altitude Balloon (HAB). Gianna participates in High-Altitude Ballooning and was the Graphic Designer for Illinois Space Day. In her free time, she has recently taken up the unforgiving hobby of homework and running long distance. She enjoys painting, actively listens to country music, and loves to hike in her free time.