About Us

The UA NASA Robotics Team is a student organization at the University of Akron. The team designs and constructs a functional mining robot which competes annually at the international NASA Robotic Mining Competition. Involvement with our team reinforces knowledge learned in the classroom and strengthens abilities used in the workplace. We encourage high levels of teamwork and communication in order to create a positive atmosphere where all members can grow. We currently have 35 members, 20 of which attended the 2018 competition at The Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  All majors are welcomed. Our team currently features 7 different disciplines ranging from engineering to computer science. 



Kelly O'Neill - President 
About Kelly
I am the Electrical Subteam Lead for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition design team, as well as Vice President of the university's Habitat for Humanity chapter.
I worked as a tutor for the university and have participated in my first co-op rotation at Delta Systems Inc.
In my free time I enjoy reading, biking, and being a part of Campus Focus.

Seth Carpenter - Vice President & Software Lead 
About Seth
I am a junior at the University of Akron, getting my bachelor in Computer Engineering. Freshman year, I joined the NASA robotic mining team and have enjoyed the opportunities and problems it has presented to me. Along with the robotics in my spare time I fill my time with outdoor activities such as sailing, hiking and biking. This keeps me active and in shape from the inactivity of sitting in classes or on the computer.

Luke Schmitt - Director of Finance 
About Luke
Studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics.
I am the Director of Finance for the NASA RMC Team and on the Mechanical Subteam. I am also the President of the Biomedical Engineering Team, working on a robotic prosthetic hand. Additionally, I am working on research for the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Lab with Dr. Marnie Saunders.

Kaylin Cozzens - Director of Project Management 
About Kaylin
I am starting my fifth year of a five year program majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This will be my third year on the N.A.S.A. Robotic Mining Competition Design Team as a Mechanical Subteam Member, plus I am now Director of Project Management. I have partaken in 6 co-op rotations with 4 different companies, and have learned a ton from each one. In my spare time I like to chill with my dog at home or continue to try learning languages of code.

Hunter Hykes - Electrical Lead 
About Hunter
I am a junior studying Computer Engineering at the University of Akron, planning to specialize in digital and analog hardware. I am on the Electrical Subteam of the NASA Robotic Mining Competition Team, and I am also involved in the University of Akron Marching Band and Theta Chi Fraternity.

Mychal Brady - Mechanical Lead 
About Mychal
I am a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of Akron. I have worked at three different engineering companies through internship opportunities and have experience in 3D modeling, product design, drafting, and manufacturing. I have been an active member of the university's NASA Robotic Mining Team for over three years, and am also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Design Team and a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honors Engineering Society's Ohio Kappa chapter. In my free time, I also enjoy learning how to fix cars and learning how things work.

Max D Fightmaster - Advisor 
About Max
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