Past Executives

2016 – 2017 Semester 1

Helena Kertesz

President

Helena Kertesz is studying Mechatronics and Computer Science at UNSW Australia. Outside of BLUEsat she is interested in the development of swarm technology and the use of robotics in art.

Nuno Das Neves

Chief Technical Officer – Robotics

Nuno Das Neves is a 2nd year Computer Science student at UNSW Australia. His interests include space technology, robotics, AI and game development. Within the society he has been involved in writing autonomous navigation code for the Bluetongue 2.0 rover as well as running the weekly test sessions in preparation for ERC 2016.

Taofiq Huq

Chief Technical Officer – Satellites

Taofiq is a PhD researcher and Aerospace Engineering graduate at UNSW Sydney. He has presented research at the Australian Space Research Conference in 2015 and 2016 in the area of deep space CubeSats. Taofiq's key interests are solving problems on Earth using CubeSat based systems and democratising access to interplanetary space.

Kawai Leung

Chief Operating Officer

Kawai Leung is currently studying Electrical Engineering and Commerce at UNSW Australia. She enjoys having all rounded experiences and particularly enjoys exploring electronics and the application of electrical engineering in biomedical devices.

Dr Naomi Tsafnat

Academic Supervisor - Robotics

Dr Naomi Tsafnat is a Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering. She has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (SJSU, 2000) and a PhD from UNSW (2006). Naomi has worked as a spacecraft thermal engineer at Lockheed Martin MSO, and on various projects at NASA Ames Research Center.

Elias Aboutanios

Academic Supervisor – Satellites

Dr Elias Aboutanios is a Senior Lecturer with the The School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. He received his BE in Electrical Engineering from UNSW Australia in 1997 and his PhD from UTS in 2002. His PhD research was on the estimation of frequency for the frequency tracking for communications with a low earth orbit satellite. Dr Aboutanios has been instrumental in the establishment of BLUEsat’s Stratsopheric Balloon launches and the completion of the original Microsatellite.

2015 – 2016

Tom Dixon

President

Tom Dixon is a final year Aerospace Engineering / Physics student at UNSW Australia. His interests include orbital science, space-debris mitigation and simulation. Tom's work at BLUEsat involves liaising with academics and industry, review of design and project management and laying the groundwork for future projects within the society.

Helena Kertesz

Chief Technical Officer – Robotics

Helena Kertesz is studying Mechatronics and Computer Science at UNSW Australia. Outside of BLUEsat she is interested in the development of swarm technology and the use of robotics in art.

Samantha Wardhaugh

Chief Technical Officer – Satellites

Sam Wardhaugh is a 4th year Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science Student at UNSW Australia. She has been involved in BLUEsat since her first year, working on mechanical structures for balloon lanuches and the Attitude Determination and Control system. Her interests include robotics, autonomous systems, and space technology.

Denis Wang

Chief Operating Officer

Denis Wang is a 2nd Year Commerce/Actuarial Studies student at UNSW Australia. He has been involved with BLUEsat since 2014, focusing on the media and operations side of the society.

Elias Aboutanios

Academic Supervisor – Satellites

Dr Elias Aboutanios is a Senior Lecturer with the The School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. He received his BE in Electrical Engineering from UNSW Australia in 1997 and his PhD from UTS in 2002. His PhD research was on the estimation of frequency for the frequency tracking for communications with a low earth orbit satellite. Dr Aboutanios has been instrumental in the establishment of BLUEsat’s Stratsopheric Balloon launches and the completion of the original Microsatellite.

Nathan Kinkaid

Academic Supervisor - Robotics