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MDRS Crew 93

Dan Crowley, Commander

Dan Crowley is a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech studying aerospace engineering. His current research project is focused on space launch vehicle design, vindicating all the people who have referred to him as a rocket scientist. His college experience at Notre Dame taught him to appreciate college football, poor sleeping habits and a surprising variety of nerdy things. After years of Catholic schooling, his religious authority was formally recognized by the state of Georgia, but he's fairly sure his former teachers would not approve. He enjoys juggling and working with his hands, but doesn't get to do either as often as he might like.

Jillian Lewis, Executive Officer

Jillian Lewis is a 5th year senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering. While a Crew 79 veteran, she served as Chief Engineer and Radio Lead. Her family is originally from Nebraska but moved frequently and she has spent time living in Kansas, Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Norway, and China. At Georgia Tech, she holds the office of President for the Georgia Tech Chorale and enjoys performing in that group and others within the music department. She is a sister of Alpha Xi Delta, as well as a Safe Sister Advocate and a Greek Peer Educator. Jillian was a co-op for Delta Air Lines as a member of the B737/MD88/MD90 Fleet Management Team at Technical Operations, where she served as operational engineering support. She now works at Aerospace System Design Lab, tacking a number of projects for foreign militaries. Jillian has recently developed interest in amateur radio and is licensed as a Ham Radio Operator. She continues to be interested in system design and optimization and will carry on her studies at the graduate level in Spring 2011.Jillian is very excited about being selected for MDRS crew 93.

Chris Dale, Chief Engineer

Chris Dale has never been more excited to give up his spring break. Chris has been interested in space ever since going to Space Camp for a weekend with his dad, where he remembered details about the previous day so well that the other kids thought that he was studying at night. He is a 4th year Aerospace Engineering major at Georgia Tech, and is happy to finally get into the space aspect of the degree in his senior design class. He hopes to work for a space company in the private sector, and help get space travel to the point where it is affordable and most everyone can have the opportunity to go into space. He is an active member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, having served in several leadership positions. He enjoys soccer, basketball, football, and singing in an a capella group.

Billy Gallagher, Information Officer & Engineer

Billy Gallagher is a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology from Vernon, NJ. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in May 2007. He then completed his Master's of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he is now pursuing a PhD in Robotics. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Gamma Tau honor societies. Billy has worked at BAE Systems as a programmer, and last summer, he worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center developing technologies that could help NASA return to the Moon. Since a young age, Billy has had an avid interest in space and space exploration. He enjoys astronomy and is working towards an ultimate career goal of joining the Astronaut Corp. He has attended all three levels of Space Camp and is looking forward to MDRS as the next step. Billy has recently started working to obtain his private pilot license and enjoys flying the Yellow Jacket Flying Club's Cessna 172 aircraft. He is also an avid photographer and was the Photography Editor of Notre Dame's Dome Yearbook for three years. Billy has played the piano since age five and the saxophone since age twelve. He was a member of the saxophone section of the Band of the Fighting Irish for four years and played in jazz and concert bands as well. Also, during his time in marching band, he became a director of the Bandlink program, in which Notre Dame students would volunteer run the band program at local elementary schools, through which Billy came to enjoy band directing. At Georgia Tech, Billy has become involved in the Mars Society and is a member of the integration team for the 2009 entry into the it's University Rover Competition. Billy enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling, as does his dog, Comet.

Eric van Gehuchten, Journalist & Science Lead

Eric is a senior at Georgia Tech pursuing a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eric currently is involved in the Georgia Tech University Nanosatellite Program entry in the Attitude and Orbit Determination and Control subsystem as well as the Mars Society's University Rover Challenge. Outside of engineering, he works part time at the Georgia Tech Craft Center helping others cultivate their artistic sides. In his spare time, Eric enjoys participating in the arts himself from pottery to woodworking and music. Additionally, he enjoys automotive engineering, tuning and amateur autosport. He hopes to attend graduate school for Aerospace Engineering and eventually work in spacecraft system design.

Jessica deRenzy, Health & Safety Officer

Jessica is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is in her Junior year and is set to graduate in Spring 2011. Jessica's interest in space exploration started long before coming to Georgia Tech. Her primary interests are in Systems Engineering and especially human factors. Jessica is involved in research at Tech's Cognitive Engineering Center where she has the opportunity to examine human-system integration. On campus Jessica also works as a Resident Assistant, is a member of the Georgia Tech Marching Band, and is involved in Omega Phi Alpha, the national service sorority. As part of MDRS Crew 93, Jessica will serve as the Health and Safety Officer and is very excited to learn and grow from her time at the Hab.

Rachel Horak, Mission Support, Biologist

Rachel Horak is currently a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the School of Biology at Georgia Tech. When not cruising the world's oceans for oceanographic research, she studies unique microbial-invertebrate symbioses and astrobiology. She completed a Master's of Biology at the College of William and Mary, where she was lucky enough to dive in human-occupied research submersibles DSV Alvin and Johnson SeaLink II. Upon completion of her degree, Rachel hopes to teach Biology, Oceanography, and Astrobiology at the university level. In her spare time, Rachel competes in swimming, coaches youth swimming, and loves to play with her three ferrets.

Rebecca Kollmeyer, Mission Support, Geologist

Rebecca Kollmeyer is a third year Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Major at Georgia Tech and a veteran of Crew 79. She plans to become a meteorologist and research climatology and geology. She is the secretary of the Student Chapter of the American Meteorology Society and a member of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra. Outside of classes she enjoys running, hiking, and anything that requires being outdoors.

Cody Hall, Mission Support

Cody Hall is an Aerospace Engineering undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Set to graduate in Spring 2011, he hopes to stay with the institute for his MS in the same field. Before attending Georgia Tech, he received an Associate's degree in Physics from Middle Georgia College through the GAMES dual-enrollment program. He has spent the last two years alternating semesters between work and school, co-oping with Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, AL. Cody loves college football, playing video games with friends, and calls the GT library home. He hopes to play a part in the first human colonization of another planet.

Jonathan Kosh, Mission Support

Jonathan Kosh is currently in his last year pursuing an undergraduate aerospace degree from Georgia Tech. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. After being introduced to the then nine planets and attending space camp in 3rd grade, Jonathan developed a passion for all things outer space. He very much wants to see science fiction become reality--namely in the form of orbital shipyards, permanent space colonies, and lunar mining facilities. Jonathan has previously worked at Tech's High Powered Electric Propulsion Laboratory designing and fabricating test apparatus. More recently he has co-oped at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, assisting in the assembly, integration, and testing of the propulsion system for the Mars Science Laboratory descent stage. On campus, Jonathan is an active brother in the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, building better men through commitment to living out the core values of culture, harmony, and friendship. On the side, Jonathan loves to read books (sci-fi and fantasy) and learn traditional style martial arts like wushu and kung-fu and has currently taken up a budding interest in astronomy and robotics.