Meet the Team

Detailed roster & member bios coming soon!

Michigan Vertical Flight Technology is a diverse multi-disciplinary team at the University of Michigan. Although we are associated directly with the College of Engineering, our members span multiple schools and areas of study spanning from graduates to undergraduates within the College of Engineering, College of Literature, Arts, and Sciences, and the Ross School of Business. Our many engineering majors include Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science & Engineering, and hopefully others soon!

Team Resume Books

Full-Team:

Co-Op / Internship

Sub-Team:

Avionics

Co-Op / Internship

Full-Time

Propulsion

Co-Op / Internship

Full-Time

Full-Time

Operations

Co-Op / Internship

Full-Time

Structures

Co-Op / Internship

Full-Time

Team Leads

President: Parker Trombley

Education: Junior - Major in Aerospace Engineering Minor in Computer Science

As President and Founder of Michigan Vertical Flight Technology, Parker is responsible for major administrative tasks, high level team vision, and overall aircraft technical design and sub-system integration. 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Avionics Lead: Pedro Pascotto

Education: Junior - Major in Aerospace Engineering Minor in Computer Science

As the Avionics Subteam Lead, Pedro works to coordinate projects done by the subteam members. These projects include contributing to the ArduPilot control schemes to the eVTOL, accomplishing autonomous flight, and manufacturing a prototype to test control schemes and autonomous flight.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Operations Lead: Emily O'Connell

Education: Junior - Major in Aerospace Engineering

As Operations Lead, Emily is responsible for maintaining corporate relationships, team funding, and systems integration. She is interested in energy systems engineering, spacecraft system integration, and autonomy for UAVs.  Outside of MVFT, she is the Mentorship Chair for Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WAA) and Secretary for Sigma Gamma Tau.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Power Systems Lead: Cole Dimich

Education: Senior - Major in Electrical Engineering 

As Power Systems Lead, Cole focuses his time on designing and fabricating the power plants for our aircraft. He works closely with the Propulsion team to develop a fully integrated system that will optimize the efficiency of our designs. Beyond MVFT he is the President of the Michigan Waterski Team and enjoys self-started home automation projects.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Propulsion Lead: Brian Sandor

Education: Junior - Major in Aerospace Engineering Minor in Materials Science

As Propulsion Lead and Co-Founder of MVFT, Brian is responsible for leading the propulsion system configuration and design in each of our aircraft. He is interested in air-breathing propulsion systems, rotor-wing designs, and composites and enjoys building custom drones in his free time.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Structures Co-Lead (Aerodynamics): Alexander Cucos

Education: Senior - Major in Aerospace Engineering

Alex leverages his aerodynamic design and fluid dynamics experience to lead the aerodynamics side of our Structures sub-team. He is responsible for preliminary design, optimization, analysis, and work distribution to get our vehicles air-worthy and keep us on schedule.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Structures Co-Lead (Design): Keyen Yockey

Education: Junior - Major in Mechanical Engineering Minor in Computer Science

As co-lead of the structures sub-team, Keyen focuses on the design of internal load-bearing structures within MVFT projects and leads CAD tutorials, design for manufacturing, and structure optimization. He plans to pursue a Master's degree in robotics.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Outreach

MVFT is always looking for outreach opportunities with local schools and educational events such as the NSBE45 STEAMfest event at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI where we displayed our demonstrator and talked to young students about what engineering and eVTOL really is. If you would like us to come speak at an event or other outreach opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact us!

2603 Draper Dr

Ann Arbor, MI

48109

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