Meet Our Team

We are the University of Colorado Denver's NASA Rover Team Odyssey. We are thirteen senior mechanical engineering students who have come together with one goal: engineer an exceptional mechanical, human-powered rover to bring to the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge in April of 2018. While we have come together for this project, we all have our own reasons for studying mechanical engineering, individual goals for this project, and career aspirations proceeding graduation in May of 2018. Click on our pictures for introductions to each team member.

Joshua Brill
Joshua Brill

“I’m a member of the sub-team responsible for designing the suspension system for the Odyssey Rover. I chose to study Mechanical Engineering due to my skills in mathematics and applied sciences. After graduation I hope to serve as an officer in the United States Air Force and work for an Aerospace Engineering company afterwards. My goals for this project are to create a rover with a base design that could be used by NASA to explore other planets and to win the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award.”

Jeffrey Deutsch
Jeffrey Deutsch

"I am studying Mechanical Engineering to complement my Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics, earned in 2009, and open greater opportunities in the aerospace industry. As one of two team members focusing on the wheel design for the Odyssey Rover, I hope to apply my education and industrial experience to develop a high strength, lightweight design to help achieve the team's goals. After graduating in May 2018, I intend to begin a career working in aircraft development."

Jessie Gibbons
Jessie Gibbons

"I am looking forward to competing in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge in order to showcase everything I have learned in school. I am looking forward to graduating and pursuing a career that combines my background in biology and mechanical engineering. I will be contributing to the design of the steering system and hope to create an effective and efficient design. I love spending as much time as I can outside and exploring the Denver metro area on my bike."

Will Glass
Will Glass
Luke Makowski
Luke Makowski

"I am trying to be a mechanical engineer because I think a career in mechanical engineering will offer a challenging, interesting, and broad set of problems to solve. I am not sure exactly what field I want to go into later on, may be aerospace. But I do have some skills in mind that I plan on learning along the way. With this project, I hope to learn some of those skills and to have a rewarding overall group experience. I am in the group that will be engineering the rover's frame."

Ryan McCort
Ryan McCort

“I started aerospace engineering at CU Boulder, but found my aptitude lies in mechanical. I can pursue my passion for aerospace most successfully from where my talent lies. My goal is to work for a company pushing toward space exploration and travel. As design lead, I look forward to developing the skills required to help lead an engineering team toward a successful design that will surpass the design requirements set in the 2018 NASA Rover Challenge in order to obtain the Best Design Award."

Kayla McDermott
Kayla McDermott

"I am studying Mechanical Engineering because I have a passion for aircraft design and development from growing up on Buckley Air Force Base. After graduation, I intend to pursue a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering at CU Boulder as that is the industry where I plan to build my career. Hard work and determination has afforded me membership in Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society. I hope to design a suspension system that will allow optimal travel and stability."

Kyle Osborne
Kyle Osborne

“I enjoy mechanical engineering because it challenges me to solve complex problems and provides a sense of fulfillment from creating new technology. I am working with the drivetrain sub-team for our rover and I hope to expand my knowledge of gear ratios, machining, and welding. In the future, I hope to have a career in the aerospace or biomechanics industry.”

Robert Sallee
Robert Sallee

“I’m on the wheel design sub-team. I enjoy solving challenging problems and chose to study Mechanical Engineering due to the breadth of opportunities engineering provides; I have a particular interest in material science. I hope to find a career in the biotechnology, computer or aerospace industry where I can contribute to making a substantial difference in peoples’ lives. I hope to win the Technology Challenge Award in the 2018 Rover Challenge, which will focus on wheel design and fabrication."

Khyrsten Tatum
Khyrsten Tatum

“I am the administrative team lead and frame design contributor. Working in the machine shop for CU has allowed me to start with an idea and finish with a tangible product. Becoming president for the Society of Women Engineers for CU has developed my leadership skills. With tireless focus, I have created a boundless future for myself. I am looking forward to working with this team of smart and dedicated engineers. Together, we can win the Best Design Award for the second year in a row.”

Tony Tieu
Tony Tieu

“I’m studying Mechanical Engineering because I've always had interests in space and how things work. I decided to go into this field so that I can be a part of designing what we use every day. My goal is to work in the aerospace industry because rockets and satellites fascinate me. From this project, I hope to truly understand the engineering and design processes for a real world application design project while also understanding the collaborative nature of engineering.”

Alex Wamain
Alex Wamain

“I am a member of the drivetrain sub-team for the Odyssey Rover. I chose to study mechanical engineering due to my interests in understanding how the mechanical world around me works. I aspire to continue my education acquiring my Master’s degree and working in the sports, automotive, or aerospace industry. I aim to help my team accomplish its goals of designing an efficient rover that could potentially have applications on other planets as well as winning the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award."

Nathan Webster
Nathan Webster

“I am on the drive-train sub-team for our rover. I chose to study mechanical engineering as I found the combination of the mathematics, sciences, and practical applications within the field fascinating. I want to work for the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to start my career and I have a strong desire to stay with Lockheed Martin for the entirety of my career. I would like to see the team win the Best Design Award and create a rover that could be used in a practical off-earth scenario.”

Tyler Wilson
Tyler Wilson

“A fascination of what mankind can conquer with knowledge is what inspired me to enroll in the mechanical engineering program at CU Denver. While space travel is of great interest, I plan to use my degree in the renewable energy field to help confront issues that will otherwise lead to global crisis. I am honored to be a part of the Odyssey Rover Team, mostly working on the frame. I hope to employ an innovative use of material and design technique to produce a sturdy and lightweight rover.”