Officers

The officers of AIAA-UH are elected by the members of the organization and are committed to increasing the presence of aerospace engineering on UH campus. Below are the officers elected for the 2021-2022 term.

2021-2022 AIAA-UH Officer Team

Omar Aly

President

Omar is a Senior Mechanical Engineering major, and he’s been involved with AIAA-UH for two years. He has been involved with UAV team for a semester, rocket team for two years, and has built his own personal rocket and achieved his L1 certification. This club has truly changed his life, and he’s extremely eager to see the club grow and prosper this upcoming year.

Caleb Ballard

Vice President

Caleb is senior in Computer Engineering. Previously the SubTeam lead to Avionics for SCR. AIAA-UH has helped Caleb increase his knowledge in aerospace as well as his skills. Loves AIAA-UH with a passion. Also, likes long walks on the beach.

Ravi Desai

Treasurer

Ravi is a junior Mechanical Engineering student and has been involved with AIAA-UH since his freshman year. He has been a sub-team lead for Space City Rocketry for a year and is continuing to be a lead throughout this year. Ever since he was a kid, he has wanted to be an astronaut and his passion for aerospace has only grown. Outside of the club, Ravi enjoys playing basketball and listening to music. Ravi is extremely excited to see the club continue to thrive on campus!

Tala Shannak

Secretary

Tala Shannak is a junior Mechanical Engineering major. She has been a part of AIAA-UH for three years, in AIAA-UH’s Rocketry team for two years, and is currently the lead for the Propulsion sub-team. She is ever grateful to AIAA-UH for giving her the opportunity to participate in innovative rocketry challenges, and for introducing her to a welcoming community of like-minded aerospace enthusiasts.

Jean Paul Fuentes

Program Manager

Jean Paul Fuentes (J.P.) is a Sophomore Physics major! He has been involved with AIAA UH for the past year and has participated substantially with Space City Rocketry and now with all the engineering programs. As far as rocketry, he was part of the Structures subteam for Space City Rocketry for the year 2020-2021. He has built one personal rocket, his Level 1 rocket, and now he’s in progress with his Level 2 rocket, projected to go 4,400ft. J.P. loves to produce music, play sports, and talk/build about rocketry in his free time. For this upcoming year, he is excited to see the growth of each engineering team and their successes!

Gerrit Nelson

Event Coordinator

Gerrit is a Senior Mechanical Engineering major and has been involved with AIAA-UH for 1 year. In that time, he has worked with Space City Rocketry as a recovery sub-team member and is continuing with Recovery for this upcoming school year. Outside of AIAA-UH, he enjoys playing soccer as well as watching his team, Manchester United, play every week. This organization has changed his life and has allowed him to use his love for aerospace productively to help design a rocket. He is very excited to see the club grow during this upcoming year.

Melissa Unlu

Public Relations

Melissa Unlu is a freshman computer engineering student. She has been involved with space city rocketry for the past two semesters and is currently acting as hobby rocketry team lead. The team has given her a chance to grow and many opportunities along the way.

Carlos Salas

Historian

Carlos is a Senior Physics major, and has been involved with AIAA-UH for two years. In that time, he has worked with Space City Rocketry as a propulsion and avionics sub-team member. Outside of AIAA-UH, he collaborates on atmospheric science research with fellow coogs in the fourth iteration of the Undergraduate Student Instrumentation Project known as USIP. He hopes to increase engagement with the organization by capturing photos of our best moments and writing informative newsletters to share with students, alumni, and sponsors.

Evan Headroe

Outreach Coordinator

Evan is a Senior Mechanical Engineering major and has been involved with AIAA-UH for 1 year. This year he is a part of the structures sub-team, picking up skills on how the different components of a rocket work together. Outside of AIAA-UH, he enjoys playing basketball as well as watching his team, Miami Heat, and volunteering on the weekends to try and end poverty in Houston. This organization continues to achieve new challenges and soar into unprecedented territories, and he is glad to be apart of its growth.

V Sadygov

Webmaster

V is Sophomore Computer science student, he is the subteam leader for Avionics, and the Chief Engineer for hobby rocketry, he is also involved in the Amateur Ham Radio Club. V is really interested in advancing his skills and learning from others which he has been greatly able to do since joining AIAA-UH.

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