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Email: rpa3-exec@mit.edu


Consititution (PDF)

Executive Committee 


Javier Stober

Javier is a Research Engineer in the Space Enabled Research Group.  In that role, he leads the development and operations of the satellite laboratory and fosters collaborations with partnering organizations.  Javier earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, researching novel propellants in the area of experimental hybrid rocket propulsion, as well as B.S. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida.  He has worked at various organizations across the engineering landscape, public and private, small and large, foreign and domestic, including NASA, Boeing, and Space Propulsion Group.  Javier brings over ten years of community building and diversity outreach experience to the role and is excited to collaborate with community leaders on and off MIT campus.



Durgesh Chandel

Durgesh is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Gas Turbine Laboratory (GTL) at MIT.  She is working on the integrated aero-propulsive system design for NASA’s sustainable civil aircraft concept under the CHEETA (Center for Highly-Efficient Electrical Technologies for Aircraft), program,  by utilizing the concepts of boundary layer ingestion, hybrid-electric propulsion, and distributed propulsion, etc. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral research focused on hypersonic nonequilibrium flows with application to spacecraft atmospheric entry missions. She has also worked as a summer intern at NASA Ames Research Center,  on the computations of high enthalpy shock tube experiments in their Electric-Arc Shock tube (EAST) facility. Prior to Ph.D., Durgesh worked at GE Aviation, India, contributing on the design and analysis of aircraft engines, thermal systems and combustors. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s dual degree in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.



David Gonzalez Cuadrado

David Gonzalez Cuadrado is Research Engineer and Lab Manager in the Gas Turbine Laboratory. He oversees the experimental setups and campaigns performed in the laboratory and works on the development of hybrid propulsion systems for a new generation of aircraft concepts. He holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, two Master degrees from the Von Karman Institute of Fluid Dynamics (Belgium) and Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain); and a Bachelor degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Leon (Spain). His expertise comprises heat transfer assessment, using both direct and inverse methods, and wind tunnel and instrumentation design for aero-thermal experimental evaluation. David is a listener that brings an extensive international experience and is enthusiastic about improving the well-being of people.


Professional Development Chair:

Durgesh Chandel


See Co-President


Community Development and Diversity Chair:

Kate Turner

Katlyn Turner is a Research Scientist in the Space Enabled Research Group at the MIT Media Lab. Her research is centered around the themes of equity and intersectionality in sociotechnical systems and technology sectors. Prior to her role at the Media Lab, she was a postdoctoral fellow studying nuclear energy policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in the Project on Managing the Atom. She earned her PhD from Stanford in 2017, her MS from the University of Michigan in 2014, and her BS from the University of Notre Dame in 2012.


Advocacy Chair:

Kate Turner


See Community Development and Diversity Chair


Founding/Innovation Chairs (x2):

Bryce Doerr

Bryce is a postdoctoral fellow in the Space Systems Laboratory (SSL) and Astrodynamics, space Robotics, and Controls Lab (ARCLab) at MIT. His current work includes on-orbit robotic assembly of space structures and control of large collaborative swarms using Random Finite Sets. Bryce graduated with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a position as a Guidance, Navigation, and Controls (GNC) Engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working on the WFIRST mission.


Nadia Figueroa

Nadia is a postdoctoral associate in the Interactive Robotics Group (IRG) at MIT. She is interested in endowing robots with the capabilities of learning, aiding and physically interacting with humans while performing complicated tasks in dynamic environments. Her contributions seek to solve salient problems in the areas of robot learning from demonstration, incremental and interactive learning and human-robot collaboration. Nadia obtained a PhD in Robotics from EPFL (Switzerland) at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Lab (LASA). Prior to her PhD studies, she spent time exploring different robotics and computer-vision related research topics at the DLR's (German Aerospace Center) Robotics and Mechatronics Institute and at the Engineering Department of NYU Abu Dhabi. She holds a BSc in Mechatronics from Monterrey Tech (Mexico) and Msc in Automation and Robotics from TU Dortmund (Germany).


PDA Liason:

David Gonzalez Cuadrado


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