What is PAC
The Penn Aerospace Club (PAC) is a student-lead organization at the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 2014 to build a vibrant aerospace community on campus. We continue to strive towards this mission through engineering projects, design competitions, student-led seminars, and industry events.
PAC is one of the most dynamic, visible, and quickly growing student groups at the University of Pennsylvania. Last year, we executed 10 balloon launches as part of the Great Balloon Challenge while also launching seven rockets to achieve Level 1 HPR (high powered rocket) certification. This year, we have initiatives to design, build, and fly aircraft and rockets, while improving our balloon. PAC turns students into engineers by providing hands-on project experience. In the long term, we aim to grow Penn’s interest in aerospace and further increase the complexity of our projects.
Through bi-monthly speaker events, PAC has hosted executives from Boeing and Northrop Grumman, Scientists from NASA, Penn professors, and more. While also holding fun social events and partnerships with classes at Penn, the club is bounded by a common fascination for all aspects of aerospace.
Meet Our Four Teams
The Aircraft team is quickly conquering the challenge of SAE competition. The team is all about flying aircrafts that they built themselves, as well participating in various competitions. The team is currently working on building an aircraft model to compete in the Design, Build, Fly competition next April. The team has three subgroups: Mechanical, Calculations, and Electrical.
The Operations team facilitates collaboration between the Aerospace Club and industry and university programs. The team focuses on organizing speaker events, maintaining the website, social media advertising, conducting data analysis on launch data, and performing outreach with companies in the aerospace industry for sponsorship and professional opportunities.
The Rocket team is currently focused on obtaining licensing for level 1 and level 2 HPR and developing a high power rocket. The team is working on testing preliminary rocket kits to pass tests 1 and 2, beginning construction of remote control launch interface, and starting a CAD Design Process in RockSim for HPR
The High Altitude Balloon team designs, develops, constructs, and launches payloads capable of reaching near space (100,000 feet). These payloads contain many experiments such as bio research and radiation testing, satellite communication systems, photography equipment, and a variety of other sensors. The team writes their own code and constructs their own structures for each launch.
2017 TEAM LEADS
Quinn Coyle - PAC Lead
My name is Quinn and am a Senior from Minneapolis, Minnesota studying Mechanical Engineering. I am currently co-director of PAC, and previously served as director of the Operations team and before that had roles in logistics, finance, and served as a liaison for the aircraft team. In addition to PAC I am a tour guide for Kite and Key, part of the Penn Running Club, and in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Fun fact: I am a licensed forklift operator!
Omkar Savant - PAC Lead
Omkar is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research in Wharton, and pursuing a Master’s degree in Robotics. He joined the balloon team as a freshman and has enjoyed working with the altitude control and communication teams since then. He hopes to pursue work related to autonomous cars in the future. His other interests include backpacking, practicing the guitar, and eating.
Audrey Walsh - Operations Team Lead
Audrey is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. As Ops lead, Audrey is in charge of handling club finances, organizing speaker events, and facilitating community outreach, among other tasks. Some of her other interests include Intramural Soccer, President of the University of Pennsylvania Chapter of Best Buddies International, and the Penn Catholic Newman Center.
George Pandya - Rocket Team Lead
Major: MEAM and OIDD
Originally from the Denver area, I’ve always been interested in aerospace and building cool things. Before coming here I used to work in aerospace, where I got to do some interesting work building rockets and payloads including the world’s largest and most powerful sport rocket and the first handheld Cherenkov radiation detector to go to space. On campus I’m involved in Penn Electric Racing, as well as nonprofit work.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-pandya-40214686/