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UAS TAAC

The first UAS Flight Test Center was created between the FAA and NMSU in 2008. This site was added to the six congressionally directed sites that were later selected in 2013.

Suborbital Center of Excellence Students / Co-ops

 

Jeremy Bruggemann

Jeremy Bruggmann

Jeremy Bruggemann has lived is entire life in New Mexico, graduating from Onate High School where he played football.  Jeremy is currently a junior in Mechanical Engineering at NMSU with a supplementary major in Applied Mathematics.  He has made Dean's Honor List in multiple years in both the Engineering and Business Colleges and achieved Crimson Scholar status in the Honors College.  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Society of Colligate Scholars.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering.  He is fascinated with mankind's capabilities through technology and hopes to eventually make significant contributions to the development of spaceflight technology.  As a graduate student, Jeremy plans to participate in the characterization and modeling of hummingbird-inspired flight.  As a volunteer Mechanical Co-Lead on the NMSU NanoSat project, Jeremy assisted in designing and developing various subsystems and the structure of a small satellite, including a robotic arm subsystem.  Through the SCE, Jeremy was able to complete the NanoSat project and begin work on mitigating the flight train shock event during parachute deployment on high altitude balloons.  Jeremy is married and volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity as a community outreach in his spare time. 
 

Eric Chanez

Eric Chanez

Eric Chanez is a sophomore in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at NMSU.  A native Las Crucen, he is a graduate of Onate High School.  He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.  He is also an honors student at NMSU and has been a Crimson Scholar for three semesters.  Eric hopes to obtain his pilot's license this summer and has plans to attend Air Force Officer Training School after graduating from NMSU.  He plans to continue his studies in graduate school.  Outside of school, Eric enjoys listening to and playing blues and rock music.  He taught himself to play the guitar about two years ago and spends much of his free time learning new songs.  Since the age of six, Eric has enjoyed baseball and played for Onate High School.  Eric also enjoys off-roading in his Toyota pickup and working on 4-wheel drive vehicles. 
 

Michael Chigbrow

Michael Chigbrow

Michael Chigbrow was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho and spent most of his childhood in Rigby, Idaho.  He moved to Los Alamos, NM, at the age of 16 and where he attended Los Alamos High School.  While there, he competed on the chess team that won the state title in 2004.  He was also the German club president and went to Germany on a student exchange.  He competed in Track and Field where he was a Javelin and Discus thrower.  Michael graduated from Los Alamos High School in the spring of 2005 and went on to enroll at NMSU in the fall.  Michael is active in the Army ROTC program, on the Dean's list, and a continuing Crimson Scholar.  He is currently working at the New Mexico State Physical Science Laboratory in the Suborbital Center of Excellence as mechanical engineering intern.  He intends to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the army.  His hobbies include hiking, camping, target shooting, and hanging out with friends. 
 

Kyle Clifford

Kyle Clifford

Kyle Clifford was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  A 2004 graduate of Las Cruces High School, Kyle is currently a senior at NMSU in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a supplemental major in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Management.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society.  During the summer of 2007 he had an internship with MicroSat Systems, Inc. (MSI) in Littleton, CO.  While on the internship with MSI, a small company focusing on small, reliable, affordable spacecraft, Kyle confirmed a desire to work in the aerospace industry while working on the MicroSatellite Targeting System (MTS) spacecraft.  He is currently employed with the PSL Suborbital Center of Excellence, redesigning the charge controller electronics for long duration balloon payloads.  His design will make the charge controller capable of independent communication without the need of additional external electronics.  During his time off, he enjoys snowboarding, hiking, running, swimming, cycling, paintballing, target shooting, and spending time with friends and family. 
 

Manuel DeAlba

Manny DeAlba

Manny works as a coop student at NASA's SCE at PSL/NMSU.  His current project is an autonomous system that will make a helicopter fly autonomously. 

While going to middle school in Juarez, Chihuahua MX, he enrolled in a technical school in electronics.  Then in 1993, his parents moved to El Paso, TX, USA, where he attended Bel Air High School.  After graduating from high school in 1997, he enrolled in El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso.  There he studied his first classes of engineering. 

In 1999, he received an Associates Degree of Arts and Sciences from El Paso Community College.  Acquiring a special interest in lasers and fiber optics, he decided to transfer to NMSU where he completed his Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in photonics.  Mr. DeAlba is currently pursuing his Masters in Electrical Engineering. 

In 2004, he received his bachelors in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing his Masters in EE. 
 

Jacob Gilbert

Jacob Gilbert

A Las Crucen since the age of twelve, Jacob Gilbert graduated from Las Cruces High School and is currently a junior studying Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the NMSU Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He is currently on the Dean's List, has been a Crimson Scholar for the past four semesters and is an Etta Kappa Nu (HKN) Electrical Engineering Honors Society pledge.  Ever since he was young he has had a passion for aerospace.  As a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) he made his first solo glider flight at age fourteen.  He has been flying recreationally for the past several years working toward obtaining his light sport pilot certificate in 2007.  He is also helping to build an experimental aircraft with two other people.  Through the NMSU Aerospace Research Cluster and under faculty mentorship, Jacob has begun development of a specialized atmospheric temperature transducer in support of the Zephyr Mars Scout, a proposed balloon mission on Mars.  Through the SCE, Jacob continues development his temperature sensor and associated electronics by applying the design to terrestrial applications.  When not at school or at work, he can be found on the slopes as avid snowboarder, playing paintball or just being with friends and family. 
 

Ingrid Gonzalez

Ingrid Gonzalez

Ingrid was born in Torrance, California but spent the majority of her life living in Chihuahua, Mexico.  There she attended the exclusive Tecnologico de Monterrey Preparatory School.  In 2003, Ingrid moved to El Paso, Texas, where she attended Americas High School and graduated near the top of her class.  Ingrid enrolled at New Mexico State University in the fall of 2005 where she is majoring in Psychology.  She is a Crimson Scholar, on the Dean's List and an Honors College Ambassador.  Her goal is to obtain a doctorate and become an analyst.  Ingrid started working for 21st Century Aerospace at the Physical Science Laboratory in October of 2006.  She is the administrative assistant for the Mobile Laboratory Program.  Ingrid speaks three languages, English, Spanish, and French.  These skills are valuable as a document translator for the program.  Ingrid also provides documentation assistance for the numerous SCE projects and compiles data and documentation for an AIAA Balloon Conference paper on balloon reliability.  Ingrid maintains a very active lifestyle, enjoying both modern and jazz dance along with snow skiing.  She also enjoys cooking and loves to experiment with European cuisine. 
 

Daniel Harberts

Daniel Harberts

Daniel Harberts was born in Flandreau, South Dakota.  After moving around the northern Midwest, he moved to Portales, New Mexico at age six.  Daniel graduated from Portales High School, where he performed at the top of his class in computer programming, math and science.  He is currently attending New Mexico State University in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and pursuing an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with a supplementary major in Applied Mathematics.  As the first member of his family to pursue an engineering degree, Daniel attained Crimson Scholar status his first semester at NMSU.  Daniel volunteers as an ambassador for the College of Engineering and tutors math students at the Math Success Center at NMSU during the semester.  As a cooperative education student in the Suborbital Center of Excellence, Daniel is reverse engineering and miniaturizing the Micro Instrumentation Package that manages telemetry data and communication on NASA high altitude balloons.  He plans to attend NMSU for graduate education in EE, and plans someday to work on airplanes in the defense industry.  His hobbies include soccer, camping, backpacking, working on his computer and spending time with friends. 
 

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Seth Walker was born and raised in the four corners area of New Mexico.  While attending Piedra Vista High School in Farmington, he was active in varsity soccer, tennis, the National Honor Society, and was an honors thespian in the International Thespian Society.  After graduating with honors from high school, Seth moved to Las Cruces to enroll at NMSU.  Seth is currently a Crimson Scholar seeking an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He is an officer in several organizations including the Pi Tau Sigma honor society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in which he was recently president.  Upon receiving his bachelor's degree, Seth plans on achieving his master's degree in mechanical engineering while gaining valuable hands on experience at the Suborbital Center of Excellence.  Outside of school Seth enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing guitar in his band Burning Daylight, and participating in intramural sports. 
 

SCE Alumni

  • Erick Acosta
  • Sam Belt
  • Ryan Bischoff
  • Andrew Blackman
  • Joseph Cruz
  • Javier Cerna
  • Geoffry Evans
  • Bryan Hogan
  • Bryan Hunter
  • Ajay Jadjav
  • Steve MacIntyre
  • Mike Marquez
  • Matt McMillan
  • Daniel Mendoza
  • Sharon Nelson
  • Emilio Perez
  • Marco Ruiz
  • Azzam Salameh
  • Louis Salas
  • Marlene Sanchez
  • Mike Schoenfeld
  • Bryan Sweeny
  • Shane Trinkel
  • Matt Volkmer
  • Jennifer Wright