Officers

President - Jarod Spencer

Hello! My name is Jarod Spencer and I’m a senior majoring in Engineering Physics with an ASI in Space & Planetary Science & Engineering. I first found a love for aerospace about six years ago and it’s been my passion ever since and has given me some incredible opportunities; I was a member of Project PoSSUM’s Class 1902, have completed several aerospace-related internships, work in the Mines Space Resources lab, and now I get to be your AIAA@Mines President! I truly believe that aerospace has and will continue to lead to a better future for all of humanity and I get super excited every time I see a new advancement in aerospace. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, hiking, traveling, cooking, and more. I’m also a member of Blue Line Carbon Capture, a team competing in the 4-yr. Carbon Capture XPrize competition!

Vice-President - Amanda Camarata

Amanda is a Senior in Mechanical Engineering with an ASI in Space and Planetary Science and Engineering. She transferred to Mines in 2019 after spending almost five years working full-time and taking core courses at Houston Community College. She has a degree in Sociology and worked as an implementation consultant for math education software before ultimately returning to school. She is the first person in her family to attend college and had no network or support to help her get through those initial experiences. After returning to college, Amanda decided that she would find ways to support underrepresented students in engineering so that they would never have to experience what she went through to be where she is now. She is very passionate about increasing the retention rates of underrepresented students in STEM, specifically in aerospace.

Secretary - Nikki Bernuy Herquinigo

Hi Everyone! My name is Nikki Bernuy and I’m a Junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. I’m a Colorado native from a small town called Parker and I’m delighted to be serving as your Secretary this year! Ever since I looked up to the stars, I fell in love with space and could never get enough of it. Currently,  I’m doing research in the Mines Space Resources lab for the CSM LILL-E Pad NASA BIG Idea Team. In my free time I work for the CSM admissions office, Ballroom board member, longboard, and enjoy reading about space 🙂 . I’m excited to see what this year will bring and please feel free to reach out!

Treasurer - Parmida Mahdavi

Hi everyone my name is Parmida Mahdavi and I am the AIAA treasurer for the 2021-2022 school year. I am a sophomore pursuing engineering physics with an ASI in planetary sciences and space resources and a minor in public affairs here at Mines. I am originally from Tehran but for the past 9 years since immigrating, Colorado Springs had been my home away from home. I am involved in AIAA, a multicultural organization called Kickstart, and an internship with the Mines 2021 NASA BIG Idea Challenge. Besides all things space, I enjoy cooking, watching Netflix, and skiing. Feel free to contact me via email  for any questions about AIAA or Mines as a whole.

Graduate Student Rep. - Adam Marcinkowski

Adam Marcinkowski is a systems engineer in Advanced Programs at Lockheed Martin Space, where he leads their ISRU R&D team. As a master’s student in the Space Resources program at Mines, Adam studies the intersection of space resources and geopolitical strategy. While earning his mech engineering B.S. at Mines, he also served the Mines AIAA chapter as President and VP, and led project teams like RASC-AL and Robotic Mining. His passion lies in architecting the mining and manufacturing backbone of a safe, secure, and sustainable lunar economy.

WoAA Chair - Allison Groves

Hi, my name is Allison Groves. I am going into my sophomore year studying mechanical engineering with a minor in computer science. Aerospace has always been an interest of mine, but joining WoAA and AIAA has opened up an entirely new world of opportunities in the field. I am excited to build a strong foundation for the WoAA Chapter at Mines and give women and minority students a chance to explore the vast opportunities aerospace has to offer.

Outreach & Events Chair - Abi Baker

Hello! My name is Abi Baker and I am currently a second-year student at Colorado School of Mines. I intend to major in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace. I am currently involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Peer Mentor Program, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I love learning new things, taking long walks around Golden, and being outside.

My email is linked below so feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Membership & Communications Chair - Sarah Heckel

Sarah Heckel is a third-year student at Mines studying mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace. She has always loved space and space exploration and has loved exploring those passions through AIAA and the new aerospace minor classes. She is also a member of Pi Beta Phi, participates in a NASA design challenge called RASC-AL, and loves all things outdoors including skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and paddle boarding. Please reach out to her with any questions about any of these activities! 

Social Media Chair - Nick Koeser

Hey there, my name’s Nick Koeser, and I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I’m a Senior in Mechanical Engineering, with an AoE in Aerospace Engineering. I’ve been enraptured with all things aerospace ever since the days of building “aerodynamic” ships out of Lego as a wee lad. Through my studies & involvement in AIAA, I’m thrilled to be working on the real deal. Outside of AIAA, I’m also deeply involved with the ORC, as well as Gold Standards.

Mission Specialist - Julia Harvey

Hello all! I’m Julia, a senior majoring in Computer Science.  I’ve interned at Lockheed Martin’s space campus for the past 2 summers and had a great time there.  Outside of classes and AIAA, I’m also a part of waltz.  I look forward to seeing everyone again!

Mission Specialist - Sean Mosier

Hi, my name is Sean Mosier and I’m from Windsor, Colorado. I am a Senior in Engineering Physics with an Area of Special Interest in Space and Planetary Science and Engineering. I am also working on a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. I absolutely love aerospace because it pushes people from all over the world to work together for a common goal of exploration, even though there may be some friendly competition every now and then. This past summer, I completed an internship with Lockheed Martin. In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, watching movies, and competing in the NASA RASC-AL Competition. As a Mission Specialist, I am super excited to help out AIAA in any way I can to create a positive impact on campus and inspire others to do the same!