Deepak Atyam will receive his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering with a Major focus in Manufacturing Engineering from Purdue University (‘17) in addition to a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UC San Diego (‘15). Atyam has worked at Space-X, GLXP Team Moon Express, Purdue’s Zucrow Laboratory, NASA JPL (x2), LaRC (x2), and MSFC starting from the age of 17 and has led multiple successful NASA funded projects including the production and testing of the first and second fully 3D printed liquid rocket engine from a university. He has also served as the student lead on a Phase 1 STTR with Garvey Spacecraft Corp by leading the design efforts on a unique 3D printed LOx/Propylene injector. Atyam founded and served as the President of the SEDS@UCSD and UCSD’s Triton Rocket Club. He has also been selected as a Gordon Engineering Leadership Fellow, a University Innovation Fellow, Aviation Week’s 20Twenties in Aerospace, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Student Scholar, won multiple business plan competitions, and has over 7 patents pending.
Alex Finch is passionate about cutting-edge technology and pushing the state-of-the-art in a number of fields. He is currently pursuing an M.S. in Aerospace engineering from Purdue University, conducting research on the porosity of additive manufactured metals and the resulting mechanical response. Previously, Finch worked at The Aerospace Corporation, working on projects ranging from small scale launch vehicle development, to current national security launch mission assurance, to additive manufacturing part optimization. Before that, he served as Vice President of SEDS@UCSD, working on bringing metal 3d printing capabilities into the aerospace industry by using this manufacturing process to create rocket engines for small payload launch vehicles. Additionally, Finch has interned at NAVAIR in Coronado, CA working on using additive manufacturing and reverse engineering to reduce the cost and timeline for the maintenance of F-18 Super Hornets.