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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Joshua Simons

jdsimns2@illinois.edu

Joshua Simons is the president of SAB. He is responsible for overseeing the club and helping each subteam run smoothly. He is a junior studying aerospace engineering. 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 Vice President of Operations for SAB. She is oversees the Educational Outreach Team, Website Team, Secretary, and Treasurer. Destiny was previously the Website Team Lead and Educational Outreach Team Lead. Using the experience she gained in those roles, she will do her best to serve SAB and help the subteams succeed. She is currently a sophomore pursuing a major in aerospace engineering and a minor in Spanish. When she has free time, Destiny enjoys running, playing piano, and traveling.

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Daniel Yu

dyu17@illinois.edu

Daniel is the Technical Vice President of SAB, and is responsible for facilitating the smooth operation of each technical team in the club. Previously a foreman on the Composites Team, Daniel now works with the leadership of all three teams to coordinate the logistics involved in maintaining each project. He is currently a senior in aerospace engineering and his interests include composite structures and the inherent challenges of composite fabrication. When he does have free time, Daniel enjoys running and rock climbing.

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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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Manuel Oliver

maoliver1020@gmail.com

Manuel Oliver is the Build Manager for the Zenith project. He is currently a senior studying aerospace engineering. Manuel first joined as a builder in the fall of 2015 and later went on to be a foreman for the Zenith project. As the Build Manager, he is in charge of overseeing all build projects by organizing training and build sessions throughout the year. Manuel also enjoys contributing to SAB by being a member of the educational outreach team. In his free time, Manny enjoys flying small planes, playing the ukulele, running, and playing Overwatch.

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Douglas Grasty

dgrasty2@illinois.edu

Douglas is the Composites Team Lead for SAB. He joined the Composites Team in 2016 to learn about composite materials and to embrace the challenge of creating an aircraft with them. As Team Lead, Douglas’ responsibilities include managing the goals and resources of the Composites Team as well as promoting progress on the plane. He is currently a sophomore of Aerospace Engineering minoring in Astronomy. When not tirelessly pursuing SAB’s goals, Douglas enjoys golfing, basketball, playing Myst, and relaxing with some good ol’ rock n’ roll.

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Jonathan Zur

zur2@illinois.edu

Jonathan Zur is the leader of the SAB Design Team. He is a current senior 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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Ethan Clemmitt

clemmit2@illinois.edu

Ethan Clemmitt is an acting foreman of SAB. He is currently a senior majoring Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Physics. Ethan started out on SAB’s Build Team and, after serving a year as Zenith Build Manager, went on to become the Technical Vice President last year. He now continues to actively participate in the club as a foreman that oversees Zenith build sessions. In his free time, Ethan loves to listen to music, play his tuba, and enjoy the outdoors.

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Kevin Burns

kjburns2@illinois.edu

Kevin is a foreman that facilitates build sessions for the Zenith. He was previously President of SAB and has contributed a lot to SAB over his four years at the University. Kevin has previous experience working 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 senior studying aerospace engineering. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, photography, playing tennis, hiking, and bicycling.

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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 is 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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Michael Ye

myye2@illinois.edu

As Zenith Lead, Michael oversees the Zenith project. He is a senior 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.