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University Student Launch Initiative (USLI)  2015-2016

The NASA University Student Launch Initiative, or USLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and fly a reusable rocket with scientific payload to one mile in altitude. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers. Students propose to participate in USLI during the fall. Once selected, teams design their rocket and payload throughout the school year. USLI requires a NASA review of the teams' preliminary and critical designs. The project also requires flight readiness and safety reviews before the rockets and payloads are approved for launch. After launch, teams complete a final report to include conclusions from their science experiment and the overall flight performance. The Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, and Flight Readiness Review are conducted by panels of scientists and engineers from NASA and from NASA contactors and external partners.  (from USLI Web site).

This year's team:

Tyran D. Singleton II
Team Lead
Aerospace Engineering
Junior  

Jihad Kinsey
Structures Group Lead
Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering 
Junior

Jamal Wilson
Payload Group Lead
Aerospace Engineering
Junior

John C. Powell
Equipment Facilities Lead
Mechanical Engineering
Junior

Jessica Dedeaux
Safety Officer
Aerospace Engineering
Sophomore

Nick Griffen
Design Lead 
Aerospace Engineering
Sophomore

Justin Smith
Educational Engagement Co-Lead
Aerospace Engineering
Sophomore

Erin Johnson
Educational Engagement
Lead 
Mechanical Engineering 
Sophomore 

Andrew White
Team Member
Aerospace Engineering
Junior

Uthman Idres Clark
Team Member
Aerospace Engineering
Sophomore

Amira Collier  
Recording Secretary    
Aerospace Engineering
Sophmore

Bruce Heath
Senior Instructor
Aerospace Engineering
Instructor 

Sharan Asundi
Faculty Advisor
Aerospace Engineering
Instructor