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 […]

Patrick Gorski

Patrick Gorski

Student Team Leader

Patrick Gorski is a senior currently pursing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. As Student Team Leader, Gorski is responsible for the professional development and technical progress of the over 200 students on the Lunar Lion team. He also facilitates the cross-communications of all subsystems, ensuring compliance with system level interfaces and mitigating schedule delays. Over the […]


Alwin Paul

Deputy Student Team Leader

Alwin Paul is currently a senior pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. As Deputy Student Team Leader, Paul aids the Student Team Lead, Patrick Gorski, in the overall management of the team. Prior to joining the Lunar Lion team, Paul worked as a volunteer at the Student Space Programs Laboratory working on a CubeSat project.  


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 […]

Christopher Sharkey

Vincent Pesce

Associate Mission Systems Engineer / Lead Propulsion 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 […]

Stephen Palopoli

Stephen Palopoli

Deputy Lead Propulsion Engineer

Stephen Palopoli is a sophomore at Penn State pursing degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. As Deputy Lead Propulsion Engineer, Palopoli runs the team’s CAD department and assists in engine testing and characterization.

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