Michael Paul


Michael Paul is a space systems engineer at Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory. He was at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory from 2000 to 2008, where he was the spacecraft systems engineer for NASA’s MESSENGER Mission to Mercury. Michael also worked on NASA’s twin Solar Terrestrial Observatories and the Comet Nucleus Tour. While at […]

Bryan Miller

Bryan Miller

Program Manager

Bryan Miller is a former Naval Aviator and currently a Research and Development Engineer at Penn State’s Applied Research Lab, and acting Program Manager for the Lunar Lion. As a third generation military officer Bryan had lived on 3 different continents by his 10th birthday. He attended the University of Virginia on a 4 year […]


Steve Blake

Director of Development – Research and the Graduate School

A 29-year veteran in fundraising, marketing, publicity, and media relations, Steve became Director of Development for Penn State Research and the Graduate School in 2010. In his role, Steve leads collaborative efforts to increase philanthropic support for Penn State’s six university wide interdisciplinary research institutes and the Applied Research Lab, and also leads efforts to […]


Sara E. Lego

Mission Systems Engineer

Sara E. Lego is a Research and Development Engineer in the Product and Process Design Department at ARL Penn State. Mrs. Lego received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2001, and an M.S. in Astrodynamics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004, where she was a member of […]


JP Muncks

Student Team Leader and Associate Mission Systems Engineer

JP Muncks is a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering studying the accuracy of low-cost attitude determination methods. Before joining Penn State, he received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia, with a thesis that focused on analyzing the effectiveness of orbital debris tracking satellites. While at U.Va., he was also the Orbit […]


Michael Policelli

Propulsion Subsystem Lead

Michael Policelli is in charge of the team’s propulsion subsystem’s design, manufacture, and acceptance procedures. He leads the testing program to refine and improve the operating conditions of rocket engines. A member of the team since January 2011, his role has adapted over the course of the project. His research areas also include controls, trajectory […]


Ajeeth Ibrahim

Public Outreach

Ajeeth Ibrahim is currently a master’s student of Aerospace Engineering. He has completed his undergrad in aerospace at Penn State University with a focus in Astronautics. Ajeeth designed an alternative mission concept for Lunar Lion as part of his senior design project while managing the thermal and launch vehicle subsystems.


Curtis Parker

Curt Parker has been the Manager of Video Communications for the Office of Strategic Communications at Penn State since 2004. He is responsible for Penn State video news releases as well as the video component of Penn State’s social media efforts. Curt worked at then, WPSX-TV, newly renamed Penn State Public Media (WPSX-TV), as a […]

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