University of Akron’s “Akronauts” rocket team

Welcome to episode 6.96!

We are joined by the University of Akron’s “Akronauts” rocket team!

The following team members met with us for this episode:

Team President – Emily Armbrust

Chief Engineer – Blake Bowser

Treasurer – Olivia Renkel

Former Chief Engineer – Mattew Reppa

Project Manager – Jon Davis

The Akronauts formed in 2014, and have been involved in a number of national STEM focused rocket competitions, including NASA Student Launch(USLI), and Spaceport America Cup

The group presents a fun and detailed overview of what their team is all about, and a couple of their recent competition projects.

The UA Akronauts

NASA Student Launch Overall Winners and Awards 2020

University Student Launch Initiative Top 10

  • Overall Winner: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2nd Place: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 3rd Place: University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 4th Place: University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • 5th Place: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 6th Place: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
  • 7th Place: Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
  • 8th Place: Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
  • 9th Place: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 10th Place: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

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