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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Design Build Fly

About Us

The Texas A&M Chapter of AIAA Design Build Fly is a student engineering Design Team that was established in 2015 TAMU DBF participates in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) DBF competition yearly where teams are given a detailed mission profile with requirements and constraints. Each team composes an initial proposal and the top 110 proposals advance to the next stage where they design and build their aircraft. During this time, student teams also develop their design reports as they prepare for the fly-off in April. TAMU DBF is honored to represent Texas A&M through this national competition. TAMU DBF is composed of four subteams: Stability & Controls, Avionics & Propulsion, Structures & Manufacturing and Business & Logistics.


DBF Officers

William Montano

Project Manager

William is a Junior in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. Besides having the role of Project Manager, he also is the Lead Developer for the AIAA local chapter Web Design team. He is also part of the Engineering SpaceTeams VR research project as part of the Cloud and Automation, and Interactive Systems teams. His focus in Aerospace Engineering is aircraft and spacecraft structures and propulsion systems. Besides school he loves drawing, 3D printing, building model kits, and practicing photography.

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Abigail Rajagopal

Chief Engineer

Howdy, my name is Abby and I'm a sophomore Aerospace major from Houston, TX! My interests include dynamics, stability & controls, robotics and project management. When I'm not busy with school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching movies and playing card games.

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Business and Logistics

What We Do

Business & Logistics is responsible for securing sponsorships and mentors, managing team finances, purchasing materials, a nd maintaining public relations. B&L also works closely with team management with the creation of the proposal and final report.

Members

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Abraham Miranda

Team Lead

Howdy! I am a First-Generation Juror Aerospace Engineering Student from Houston, Tx, Class of 2023 (A,A,A, Whoop!). My interests in the field of aerospace engineering include Flight Mechanics (Stability & Control), Thermodynamics, and Guidance and Navigation. IN my free time, I enjoy weightlifting and playing sports, reading autobiographies, and listening to Destin Sandlin and Matt Whitman's amazing podcast: No Dumb Questions.

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Adam Glaesmann

Member

I am a Junior aerospace engineering student. Some of my hobbies are rock climbing, video games, and finding new music to listen to.


Avionics

What We Do

The Avionics sub-team is responsible for all of the onboard aircraft systems which include propulsion, radio-control system, and any other system required by the mission such as external stores management systems for example. Team members utilize SolidWorks CAD software in order to ensure all systems integrate seamlessly with the aircraft structure and that subsystems are mechanically sound and do not impede the flight performance of the aircraft.

Members

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Alexander Pena

Team Lead

My name is Alexander Pena and I am an aerospace engineering senior. I am interested in all types of propulsion systems. If I had free time, I would most likely be watching TV shows or playing video games. I will graduate in the Spring of 2022 and hopefully begin my professional career.

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Krishnan Vellore

Member

I have been interested in spaceflight since I was a kid. Living 45 minutes away from the Johnson Space Center helped to bud this curiosity even further. As a senior in high school, I got the chance to design and build an autonomous airplane with minor success. Additionally, I have been swimming since I was 5 and am an Eagle Scout. >

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Cole Strange

Member

Howdy, my name is Cole Strange and I am a junior aerospace engineering major from Arlington, Tx. I am currently also a member of AIAA and Tau Beta Pi where I have met some of the most amazing people. I have been a Boy Scout for virtually my entire life and got my Eagle Scout, which basically means I am a little too obsessed with the outdoors. I absolutely adore sports and spend way to much time routing on the Rangers, Cowboys, Stars, and Mavs. Finally I am a food addict, however I never take the time to actually cook.

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Tawan Bhuntavee

Member

Tawan Bhuntavee is working with the Avionics team for Texas A&M's Design Build Fly Team. He is currently a sophomore in aerospace engineering from the Dallas Fort-Worth Area. Recently, he has completed NASA's L'SPACE Mission Concept Academy, a workforce development program in collaboration with Arizona State University where undergraduate teams were assigned to propose a vehicle design for a mission concept of analyzing the presence of water at the moon's Permanently Shadowed Regions. Outside of academics, Bhuntavee has a strong passion for aviation and is working towards his Private Pilot's License. Bhuntavee currently works with Texas A&M's Low Speed Wind Tunnel as an undergraduate research assistant and plans to specialize in flight testing.

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Diego McCabe

Member

Howdy! I am a junior aerospace engineering major and mathematics minor from Austin, Texas! My aerospace interests lie within sensors and optics for air and space vehicles, as well as propulsion. Outside of school, I am active through St. Mary's Catholic Church in a community ministry for freshmen called John 15! In my free time, I enjoy playing my guitar, drawing, and playing Mariokart on the Wii with my roommates.


Stuctures and Design

What we do

The structures sub-team is tasked with designing the internal structure of the aircraft as well as determining the materials from which it will be constructed in order to achieve the optimal balance between strength and weight. This team models the structure in SolidWorks and employs the built in FEA tools in order to verify the design will withstand all loads throughout the flight envelope.

Members

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Jiawei Zhang

Team Lead

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Reece Dawson

Member

I'm a senior earning a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with an interest in structural analysis/design of aircraft. In my free time I enjoy flying FPV drones, 3D printing, and woodworking among other things.

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Kyle Zaiontz

Member

I am a member of the class of ’22 and pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering. I am interested by all things related to airplanes and spacecraft. In my free time, I enjoy designing and building my own custom models out of LEGO.

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Joshua Hamiter

Member

Howdy, I am a senior aerospace engineer from Corpus Christi, TX. I am a member of the structures and manufacturing team for the Design, Build, Fly team, and I also work as a mechanic on Ford Model A's and Model T's.

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Devin Jain

Member

I am currently a sophomore aerospace engineering student. I am interested in all things aviation. My hobbies include basketball with friends, video games, and coding.

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Rishab Thadani

Member

Howdy! I'm a junior aerospace engineering major at Texas A&M! I've been fascinated in aviation since my childhood, and I love learning about things that fly! This summer I got my private pilot's license in Dallas, and I hope to start flying more once I get some money from my research job! In my free time I'm a percussionist - I'm a member of the TAMU Percussion Studio and I have a lot of fun with that!

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Carlos Orozco

Member

Howdy, my name is Carlos! I am an Aerospace Engineer at Texas A&M University with an interest in pushing the limits to atmospheric flight. I hope to study the nature of hypersonic flows and the mechanical and material constraints that occur at high speeds and how to overcome them in order to go faster than ever. My dream is to develop or design an Aerospace plane, an aircraft that can reach orbit in a single stage and yet function as an atmospheric plane. I love to read, converse with people, and create anything from a bad joke to a cool drawing or design of random sci-fi creations!


Stability and Control

What we do

The S&C sub-team conceives the initial design of the aircraft based on the specified mission parameters and produces an external model of the vehicle which achieves desired performance requirements as well as maintaining acceptable margins of both static and dynamic stability. S&C members analyze airfoil and aircraft lifting surfaces as well as determining crucial stability characteristics in flow simulation software such as XFLR5 and AVL, while taking into account other design considerations in Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA) software.

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Sean Chen

Team Lead

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Junlong Zheng

Member

Junlong is a Senior Aerospace Engineering major from Houston, Texas. His major interests in aerospace are vehicle dynamic control, aerospace technology, and outer space exploration. He hopes to work in the industry as a flight test engineer or a commercial pilot after graduation, and one day serve as a private pilot. Outside of aerospace, he enjoys video games, jogging, and watching movies.

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Marshall Mann

Member

Howdy! I am a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering here at Texas A&M. My hobbies include RC aircraft, hiking, biking, and the occasional game of Spikeball.

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Daniel Rohaly

Member

My name is Daniel Rohaly, I am a senior year aerospace engineering student who loves Super Smash Bros and ultimate frisbee.

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Grant Ober

Member

Junior aerospace engineering major, member of the corps of cadets.

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Harry Vu

Member

Class of 2021. Stars aligned and landed me in CFD twice. Hobbies just include anything with music.