SAB was founded by friends as a fraternal effort. SAB was intended to be a friendly, social, and inspiring environment where students could come together with a passion for aviation.

We, college students, are building an airplane. How cool is that? Mistakes will be made, obstacles will be circumvented, but we are all learning together.

SAB welcomes novice. SAB is structured so that everyone is qualified. All that SAB asks is that a person come into the organization ready to work, learn, and have fun. SAB was created so that students would have a chance to take on a hands-on project. What could be more hands-on than constructing an airplane?

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Kevin Burns

kjburns2@illinois.edu

Kevin is the current President of Student Aircraft Builders for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the club and ensuring it operates smoothly and efficiently. His previous roles within SAB include Vice President of Operations, Educational Outreach Lead, and Zenith Build Team Foreman. Kevin is also keen on helping members of the club develop personally and professionally throughout their involvement with Student Aircraft Builders. This past summer, Kevin worked as a Structural Analysis and Design Engineering Intern in the Structures Product Development group at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Mukilteo, Washington. He is currently a junior studying aerospace engineering. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, photography, playing tennis, hiking, and bicycling.

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Christine Oksas

oksas2@illinois.edu

Christine Oksas is the current Vice President of Operations for Student Aircraft Builders. She oversees the secretary, treasurer, educational outreach team, website design team, marketing team, and member development team. She joined SAB in 2015 as a member of the Educational Outreach Team and still enjoys visiting schools in the CU area to talk to students about aviation and homebuilding. In her free time she studies neuroscience and anthropology, takes pictures of people and places, and flies small planes.

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Ethan Clemmitt

clemmit2@illinois.edu

Ethan Clemmitt is the Technical Vice President of SAB. He is currently a junior majoring Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Physics. Ethan started out on SAB’s Build Team and, after serving a year as Zenith Build Manager, is now overseeing all of SAB’s technical projects. Ethan helps the project-oriented side of the club run as smoothly as possible and he helps to procure work space and tools for teams when necessary. In his free time, Ethan loves to listen to music, play his tuba, and enjoy the outdoors.

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David Ryu

hyou6@illinois.edu

David joined SAB in May, 2016, and currently working as secretary and a foreman of SAB build team. As a secretary, he helps communications between SAB members and he makes sure to keep the members updated with upcoming events and progresses of SAB sub-teams by sending out biweekly newsletters. He is also responsible for providing space for small and big meetings such as general meetings.
Having enough experience after spending 80+ hours in build sessions, he became a foreman of the team. Foremen are build members who spent considerable time in building, and those who are flexible towards given objectives. Being a foreman provided him with much real-life aircraft building experience.

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Kelly Daleiden

kdaleid2@illinois.edu

Kelly Daleiden is a sophomore in Advertising with an Informatics minor serving as Marketing Chair for SAB. She is responsible for the design and order of apparel, running SAB’s instagram page, and raising club awareness. She is also a member of the Web Design team. In her spare time she enjoys playing piano, working out and catching up on some recreational reading!

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Charlie Rovin

rovin2@illinois.edu

Charlie Rovin is SAB’s Treasurer, as well as a sub-team lead on the Design Team. He joined SAB in 2015 as a freshman aerospace major, and soon thereafter took on the role of Treasurer. His main responsibilities include managing the funds granted to SAB for our projects, and communicating with the Aerospace Department and Registered Student Organization office to continue receiving funding. As a member of the Design Team, he has been primarily working on the elements involving pilot-aircraft-interfacing including avionics systems, cockpit layout, and the aircraft’s canopy.

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Jonathan Zur

zur2@illinois.edu

Jonathan Zur is the leader of the SAB Design Team. He is a current junior studying aerospace engineering. As a member of Student Aircraft Builders, Jonathan facilitates progress on the Design Team’s primary project: the design and construction of a full size, one seat glider. Jonathan has also participated as a build team foreman as well as a member of the educational outreach team. Jonathan is interested in design and manufacturing and has been able to explore these interests through participating in SAB teams and projects. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and League of Legends.

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Yuxuan Tim Lu

ylu46@illinois.edu

Yuxuan Tim Lu is the Project Management team lead for SAB. He is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Business Administration. His job is to work on the original interpretation of the factory instructions and technical drawings, communicate with other teams in SAB, and manage daily tasks with the sub-team. Tim is a frequent traveler, a scuba diver, a photographer, and a credit card guru.

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Naveen Nagarajan

nsnagar2@illinois.edu

Naveen Nagarajan is the Leader of the Composites Team. He is a senior in Mechanical Engineering. Naveen joined SAB his freshman year and was originally a member of the Design Team. The Composites Team is working on construction of the Pro-Composites Vision. The Vision is a 2 seat, all composite aircraft. Naveen is responsible for the overall management of the team. This includes working with the Build Manager, setting goals, monitoring progress, allocating resources, educating builders, resolving problems, and serving as a point of contact.

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Michael Ye

myye2@illinois.edu

As Zenith Lead, Michael oversees the Zenith project. He is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. His roles include setting goals for the Zenith, making sure everything is going smoothly and deadlines are met for the Build Team, Project Management Team, and Engine Team, and being a main contact to answer questions regarding the Zenith. Michael enjoys traveling, watching/playing sports, and skiing.

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Arnulf Taylor

amtaylo3@illinois.edu

Arnulf is a senior in engineering physics and joined SAB because of his interests in aircraft. He has always enjoyed working on projects and SAB seemed like it would provide a great opportunity to do so. As build manager he is responsible for scheduling and organizing training and build sessions, and am learning effective communication and teamwork skills in this position. He hopes to continue to learn valuable skills and make progress on the plane.

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Joshua Simons

jdsimns2@illinois.edu

Joshua Simons is the Engine Team Lead for SAB. He is responsible for putting together the engine that will be going on the Zenith airplane when it is completed. He is a sophomore studying aerospace engineering. Josh is also a part of the Educational Outreach Team and the Build Team. He is currently employed on campus as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor. During his free time, Josh likes to cook, swim, and play games with his friends.

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Destiny Fawley

dfawley2@illinois.edu

Destiny is the Web Design Team Lead for SAB. She was responsible for designing and creating the website, and she now maintains and updates it. She is a freshman pursuing a major in aerospace engineering and a minor in Spanish. She is also a member of the Educational Outreach Team and loves teaching kids about aerospace and SAB’s projects. When she has free time, Destiny enjoys running, playing piano, and traveling.