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I am a 25 year old amateur extra class operator from Massachusetts who is fascinated with electronics. Back in 2006 I helped found the Chelmsford High School ARC with the callsign KB1NAY. Now, the club is licensed as N1CHS and is run by KB1MKW. After attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY and studying the Electrical Engineering curriculum my brother and I became very involved in the radio club on campus. I Served as the Treasurer of K2GXT in 2008 and as the Vice President from 2009 until 2011. Finally, my brother and I decided in 2009 to start the College Amateur Radio Club Association hosted at www.collegearc.com. It was a fun and educational endeavor for us and an interesting way to promote ham radio to a niche in the hobby though we decided to pull the plug after it became demanded too much of our time to run.

With K2GXT, I helped build and fly (though KC2URD is a much better pilot!) a 12 foot RC blimp with Amateur TeleVision (ATV) on-board. It's usually flown at the RIT hockey games as a fun activity for the club, some added excitement to the games during intermission, and a nice bit of exposure for the ham radio club. In late 2010 as Vice President I suggested that we think about launching a high altitude balloon. After nearly five months of hard work with some amazingly talented peers K2GXT launched a high altitude balloon to 96,305 Feet.

Currently, I am living in Los Angeles, CA and working as a Hardware Development Electrical Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) in Hawthorne, CA. I work on avionics flying on Falcon 9 V1.1, Cargo Dragon, and Crew Dragon (V2). My experience in ham radio and always eager to apply what I have learned in practice with personal projects are two aspects that helped me obtain an internship and eventual full time employment with SpaceX. Learning to design high reliability, redundant electronics for space applications is one of the most exciting opportunities I've ever experienced.

I currently volunteer with AMSAT North America and have helped build the Fox-1 maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) and the Fox-2 MPPT. You can find out more info about the design by reading about my Senior Design project at RIT: http://edge.rit.edu/edge/P13271/public/Home

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