Our Team

BLUEsat is the proud work of several generations of UNSW undergraduates, including mechanical, electrical, and software engineers, science majors, and even one commerce student. To give due credit to all these talented people would be impossible so we would like to extend our collected gratitude to those who have made BLUEsat what it is today. Thank you all.

The current team consists of roughly thirty electrical, software and mechanical engineering students, from all of the different years, working on both the robotics and satellite projects.

The Current BLUEsat Executive

Helena Kertesz


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 1st 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 an Aerospace Engineering graduand at UNSW Australia. He has presented research at the Australian Space Research Conference in 2015 and 2016 in the area of beyond LEO CubeSat engineering. 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.

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.

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.

Past Executives