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 […]


Gretchen Buttorff

Student Team Leader

Gretchen Buttorff is a senior at Penn State pursing a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Engineering Leadership Development. As Student Team Leader, Buttorff is responsible for the professional development and technical progress of the over 200 students on the Lunar Lion team. She also facilitates the cross-communications of all subsystems, ensuring compliance with […]

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Matthew Hagerty

Director of Communications

  Matt Hagerty is a 1st year MBA candidate at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. As the Director of Communications for Lunar Lion, Hagerty is helping lead the efforts in marketing, branding, public relations, social media, and fundraising.  A Pennsylvania native, Matt was has lived around the state in cities like Erie, Pittsburgh and […]


Max Winn

Deputy Student Team Leader

Max Winn is a Sophomore at Penn State pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. As Deputy Student Team Leader, Max works closely with the Student Team Leader and the Sub System Leads to help promote overall mission progress.  He also works as a part of the Systems Engineering and Propulsion Sub Teams. Max is also […]

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Natalie Hoopes

Lab Manager

Natalie Hoopes is a senior at Penn State pursuing an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Six Sigma. As Lab Manager, Natalie is responsible for organizing the layout of the laboratory space to meet each of the subsystem’s needs, making sure the team complies with university and ITAR regulations, managing computer and […]

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Philip Chow

Procurement Specialist

Philip Chow is senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a Space Systems Engineering Certificate. He serves as Procurement Specialist and works with the Propulsion and Systems Engineering groups. For these roles, Chow manages purchasing operations for the team and helps with system-level design of the testing programs used for the engines and prototypes. Prior to […]

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Vincent Pesce

Lead Propulsion & Systems Engineer

Vincent Pesce is working on his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. As Associate Mission Systems Engineer, Pesce supports the Mission Systems Engineer, who is responsible for overseeing individual subsystem design and integration. In his other role as Lead Propulsion Engineer, Pesce leads the efforts to design, build, test, and characterize the hydrogen peroxide […]


Creed Reilly

Lead Structures Engineer

Creed Reilly is currently a sophomore at Penn State pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Astronautical Engineering. As Lead Structures Engineer, Reilly oversees the development and the fabrication of the Lunar Lion structure and its prototypes. Reilly has also worked in Penn State’s Mathematics Department, researching the solution to the diffusion equation through a […]

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