Meet our Leadership Team



Michael Nathanson

Michael is a Senior studying Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He has completed internships with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems inc. and the Arizona Space Grant Consortium. On campus, Michael is an ambassador for the college of engineering, helping with recruitment and retention and previously served as vice president of AIAA. In his free time, Michael continues chipping away at his private pilot's license and pretends to be a good cook.


Vice President

Trey Blocker

Trey is a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering, from Sierra Vista, Arizona. He has been involved in AIAA beta flyer projects for the past three years, is a member of the DBF team, and is a College of Engineering ambassador. He had a software engineering internship with United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Phoenix over the summer (2018) and continues to work part time. He is also a former lifeguard and enjoys playing sports in his spare time.



Andres Elizondo

Andres is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineer. He was a member of multiple clubs such as BAJA, Model UN, and is currently the Treasurer for AIAA. This previous summer he worked on triaxial loading cells in his internship at Geotechnical Consulting and Testing Systems. He enjoys playing and watching basketball and is an avid Phoenix Suns fan.


Major-Events Coordinator

Tyler Regan

Tyler Regan is a true Texan. Over the summer he had the pleasure of working in the west Texas oil fields. He is currently chopping away at a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. With all of his Computer know how he plays a key role in a lot of our projects. Tyler also is pursuing a startup of an internet of things control system. After graduation he plans on working in the oil fields in the Permian Basin. If you play your cards tight you might even get an invite to one of his famous Texas BBQ’s.



Amanda Fordyce

Amanda is a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She holds the position of secretary for AIAA, and over the summer did research in aerodynamics on campus. In her free time she enjoys hiking and reading.


Social Chair

Nathan Herrmann

Nathan is a senior majoring in chemical engineering. He holds the position of social chair for AIAA and updates this site (yes! I wrote my own bio!) and also updates our social media pages.  Recently he completed an internship at Freeport McMoRan in Safford Arizona as a metallurgical engineer.  Nathan is also on our Spaceport America Cup team which plans to compete summer of 2019.  In his free time he likes to hike, go four wheeling, and shoot photographs. 


Corporate Outreach

Daron Litzin

Daron Litzin is a senior in the Aerospace Engineering program. He is in two clubs at the U of A, AIAA and Formula SAE.  In his spare time Daron likes to play tennis, basketball, and racquetball. He also loves to learn, and if possible he has said he would continue to take classes to further his learning.


SAC Lead

Jake Williams

Jake is our fearless leader for our Spaceport America Cup (SAC) project. He has several years of experience at Raytheon Missile Systems, where he assembles missiles for tests, and is getting a degree in Mechanical Engineering this year. In his spare time he enjoys working on cars and watching football.


Beta Flyers Lead

Matthew Banko

Matthew is a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in mathematics. He is involved in both AIAA and Formula SAE. Throughout highschool, Matthew was a band student, and still plays his instrument from time to time in college. Aside from modeling in his spare time, Matt also enjoys solving Rubik’s cubes (but he’s not that good at it).  



Co Beta Rocket Lead

Kailie Szewczyk

Kailie Szewczyk is a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering and is Co-Rocket Lead of AIAA. She received her Level 1 High Power Rocket Certification through AIAA earlier this year, and she is also an Engineering Ambassador. Outside of school, she enjoys travelling to Massachusetts to visit family, watching movies, and walking her dogs.


Co Beta Rocket Lead

Nate Punla

Nate is a Sophomore from Angeles City, Philippines studying Aerospace Engineering. Having been raised in a military family, being surrounded by planes his whole life, he has chosen to pursue his passion in aerospace. He has acquired a liking for composites as a freshman working with 4 different senior design teams ranging from fixed-wing drones to terrestrial drones for Mars. Nate enjoys photography, traveling, the gym and composites research during his leisure time.