Our Team

BLUEsat is the proud work of several generations of UNSW Sydney undergraduates from a massive range of degrees. 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 fifty students from a range of engineering and none-engineering degrees, from all of the different years, working on a number of different space projects including our mars rover, satellite systems, high-altitude ballooning, mission science and ground-station. We also have an active operations, media, and outreach team.

The Current BLUEsat Executive Team

Helena Kertesz


Helena Kertesz is studying Mechatronics and Computer Science at UNSW Sydney. She previously held the role of Off-World Robotics CTO, before taking up the BLUEsat presidency at the end of 2016. Outside of BLUEsat she is interested in the development of swarm technology and the use of robotics in art.

Harry J.E Day


Harry J.E Day is a fourth year Computer Science student, with a keen interest in robotics and distributed systems. Harry has been involved with BLUEsat UNSW for four years, primarily as part of the Off-World Robotics Division including two and a half as the rover software team lead. He now manages the society's media and events team as the society's new secretary.

Raghav Hariharan

ARC Delegate

Raghav Hariharan is in first year, studying computer science combined with mechatronics. He likes space, he likes robots, and he loves spacerobots.

Yasmin Akhtar


Yasmin Akhtar is an Actuarial Studies and Commerce student at UNSW Sydney. She has a keen interest in finance as well as an enthusiasm for engineering, having experience in electrical building services design and BLUEsat UNSW allows her to combine these interests.

Timothy Guo

Chief Technical Officer – Satellites

Timothy Guo is a Telecommunications and Commerce undergraduate at UNSW Sydney. He has previously lead BLUEsat's groundstation squad, leading a team of engineers to provide communications to UNSW's satellite, the EC0. He now endeavours to lead BLUESat's satellite tribe towards even greater plans.

Thomas Renneberg

Chief Technical Officer – Robotics

Thomas Renneberg is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student at UNSW. Thomas assumed the Off-World Robotics CTO position after a year of being the mechanical team lead and laying the foundation for BLUEsats new rover. Aside from developing BLUEsat's new rover "NUMBAT", Thomas enjoys cooking and maintaining his vegetable garden.

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 UNSW’s Stratsopheric Balloon launches and the completion of the original Microsatellite.

Past Executives