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 […]


Max Winn

Student Team Leader

Max Winn is a junior at Penn State pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He also works as a part of the Systems Engineering and Propulsion Sub Teams. As Student Team Leader, Max is responsible for the professional development and technical progress of all students on the Lunar Lion team. He also facilitates the cross-communications of […]

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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 […]

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Andrew Strause

Strategic Communications Lead

Andrew Strause is a junior at Penn State pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems with a minor in Information Sciences and Technology. As the Student Lead of Strategic Communications, Andrew spreads Lunar Lions mission through a monthly newsletter, editing, and managing our fundraising page on Rockethub. Outside of Lunar Lion, Andrew is a […]


Mitchell Lester

Lab Manager

Mitchell Lester is a sophomore who intends on majoring in either aerospace or Mechanical Engineering. As Lab Manager, Lester is responsible for maintaining and organizing the Lunar Lion Lab which is located in the Applied Research Laboratory. Mitchell works with every subsystem to ensure that they have the space and equipment necessary to complete their […]

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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 […]


Patrick Gorski

Lead Structures Engineer

Patrick Gorski is currently a senior at Penn State pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. As Lead Structures Engineer, Patrick oversees the development and the fabrication of the Lunar Lion structure and its prototypes. Before coming to Penn State Patrick served our country through the Marine Corps. Outside of the Lab Patrick enjoys spending his time with his […]


Reuben Bushnell

Lead Power Engineer

Reuben Bushnell is currently working on a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering as well as a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. As Lead Power Engineer, Bushnell designs, assembles, and tests the electronics for the Lunar Lion along with the electronics for the prototypes. This complex system includes everything from the power supply to the valve connectors. […]

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