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Creating Multidisciplinary Space

WHO WE ARE

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bringing aerospace to all

SFU Aerospace is a joint initiative among the three largest aerospace teams at Simon Fraser University. We are an administrative team working to represent each design team in their efforts for funding and resources. Together, we represent over 100 students and their ambitious goals from designing and building satellites and rockets autonomous drones. We are more than funding and technical development, it is apart of our core values that a STEM education should be accessible to all regardless of their backgrounds and experiences. Most of all, we create a multidisciplinary space.

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SFU Team Guardian strives to continue past the present members, with each generation mentoring the next. They also provide opportunity for students to gain experience working with unmanned aerial vehicle technology, through designing and building drones.

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SATELLITE

SFU Satellite Design Team aims to inspire future generations of space explorers, engineers, and business leaders through innovation and teamwork. Through their endeavors of designing and building a satellite, they are enhancing education, building community, and advancing science.

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ROCKETRY

SFU Rocketry strives to help students develop the skills necessary to enter the growing aerospace industry. They are working to achieve this through the development of advanced sounding rockets and scientific payloads. The rockets built are capable of reaching the edge of space.

TEAM

Donya Divsalar    Founder, President of SFU Aerospace   Donya Naz is the founder and president of SFU Aerospace. She is a fourth year undergraduate student at SFU, completing her Honours studies in Health Sciences (BSc.), with a research focus on HIV latency. Previously, she pursued a degree in Medicine in university of Debrecen, Hungary. Through her undergraduate years she also led the SFU chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, as well as co-founding and leading several student-run organizations and non-profits. Additionally, Donya is a winner of Surrey Board of Trade Top 25 under 25 for the year of 2019.  Donya’s vision for establishing SFU Aerospace is to bring space enthusiast from all disciplines together and create a bridge between entrepreneurship, technology and education.  Through her post graduate studies, Donya will be focusing on advancements in aerospace biotechnology that aims to innovate biomedical initiatives and assist with scientific studies in space and mitigate the physiological downsides of space travel.

Donya Divsalar

Founder, President of SFU Aerospace

Donya Naz is the founder and president of SFU Aerospace. She is a fourth year undergraduate student at SFU, completing her Honours studies in Health Sciences (BSc.), with a research focus on HIV latency. Previously, she pursued a degree in Medicine in university of Debrecen, Hungary. Through her undergraduate years she also led the SFU chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, as well as co-founding and leading several student-run organizations and non-profits. Additionally, Donya is a winner of Surrey Board of Trade Top 25 under 25 for the year of 2019.

Donya’s vision for establishing SFU Aerospace is to bring space enthusiast from all disciplines together and create a bridge between entrepreneurship, technology and education.

Through her post graduate studies, Donya will be focusing on advancements in aerospace biotechnology that aims to innovate biomedical initiatives and assist with scientific studies in space and mitigate the physiological downsides of space travel.

Michael Simoes    Vice President of SFU Aerospace   Michael Simoes is a business student from the Beedie School of Business. Michael is passionate about entrepreneurship and has been working on the development of several social enterprises within Enactus SFU. Michael hopes to combine his experience with entrepreneurship and his love of technology to make SFU Aerospace the most impactful it can be.

Michael Simoes

Vice President of SFU Aerospace

Michael Simoes is a business student from the Beedie School of Business. Michael is passionate about entrepreneurship and has been working on the development of several social enterprises within Enactus SFU. Michael hopes to combine his experience with entrepreneurship and his love of technology to make SFU Aerospace the most impactful it can be.

 
Kevin Burville    President of SFU Rocketry   Kevin Burville is a fourth year Mechatronic Systems Engineering student at SFU. He has previously worked on award winning designs for the Hyperloop with a non-profit engineering group he helped start called rLoop. Kevin founded the SFU Rocketry team which test fired a hybrid rocket engine last year and will be launching its first sounding rocket later this year. He also helped to co-found the SFU Aerospace team and has been working with the SFU Satellite Design Team for nearly two years. For the satellite team he is developing attitude determination and control systems for the CSA funded ORCASAT project and the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge

Kevin Burville

President of SFU Rocketry

Kevin Burville is a fourth year Mechatronic Systems Engineering student at SFU. He has previously worked on award winning designs for the Hyperloop with a non-profit engineering group he helped start called rLoop. Kevin founded the SFU Rocketry team which test fired a hybrid rocket engine last year and will be launching its first sounding rocket later this year. He also helped to co-found the SFU Aerospace team and has been working with the SFU Satellite Design Team for nearly two years. For the satellite team he is developing attitude determination and control systems for the CSA funded ORCASAT project and the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge

 
 
Cyril De Ramos    President of Team Guardian   In Cyril’s second year of MSE, he joined Team Guardian with the hope of developing his software skills by joining the machine vision team. He has done GUI development and data analysis for the team, but in 2018 he decided to take on more of a leadership role and became Team Captain. Cyril is excited to see the team develop new tech for the 2018/19 school year and to tackle new challenges. In doing so he sees big things happening at USCSC in May 2019

Cyril De Ramos

President of Team Guardian

In Cyril’s second year of MSE, he joined Team Guardian with the hope of developing his software skills by joining the machine vision team. He has done GUI development and data analysis for the team, but in 2018 he decided to take on more of a leadership role and became Team Captain. Cyril is excited to see the team develop new tech for the 2018/19 school year and to tackle new challenges. In doing so he sees big things happening at USCSC in May 2019

Zoey Li    Vice President of Marketing   Zoey Li is a business student who is combining her business skills with her love of art and design to create meaningful graphics. Being the Vice President of Marketing at SFU Aerospace, it has helped her build design skills. Currently, she designs logos and illustrations for small businesses. She works with organizations focussing on female empowerment and self-development. SFU Aerospace has provided Zoey the invaluable opportunity to work with team members from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. In the future, she will dedicate a large portion of her lifetime to raising awareness for psychosis

Zoey Li

Vice President of Marketing

Zoey Li is a business student who is combining her business skills with her love of art and design to create meaningful graphics. Being the Vice President of Marketing at SFU Aerospace, it has helped her build design skills. Currently, she designs logos and illustrations for small businesses. She works with organizations focussing on female empowerment and self-development. SFU Aerospace has provided Zoey the invaluable opportunity to work with team members from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. In the future, she will dedicate a large portion of her lifetime to raising awareness for psychosis

Lena Nejad    Vice President of External Relations   Lena is a 4th year Business Technology student and a space enthusiast. With a huge passion for technology, she is always seeking to get involved in activities that enhance her knowledge in the field and provide her with the opportunity to work with talented individuals of all backgrounds. Giving back to the community is one of her main objectives. She contributes to the cause by being an advocate and educating individuals in utilization of technological devices.  She hopes to employ her business communication skills to contribute to the growth of SFU Aerospace by creating long lasting relationships with external organizations and the public.

Lena Nejad

Vice President of External Relations

Lena is a 4th year Business Technology student and a space enthusiast. With a huge passion for technology, she is always seeking to get involved in activities that enhance her knowledge in the field and provide her with the opportunity to work with talented individuals of all backgrounds. Giving back to the community is one of her main objectives. She contributes to the cause by being an advocate and educating individuals in utilization of technological devices.

She hopes to employ her business communication skills to contribute to the growth of SFU Aerospace by creating long lasting relationships with external organizations and the public.

 
Ryan Chang    Vice President of Finance   As the Director of Finance, Ryan is responsible for the financial health of the club, including monitoring the financials and helping to apply for grants for SFU Aerospace. His work ensures that both SFU Aerospace and the clubs under it stay funded so that their work can continue. He is a part of this organization as he is excited to see the groundbreaking work that SFU Aerospace is creating. Currently, Ryan is also helping several other organizations with their financials, including the SFU Jazz Band, Altered Reality Club and the SFU Satellite Design Club.

Ryan Chang

Vice President of Finance

As the Director of Finance, Ryan is responsible for the financial health of the club, including monitoring the financials and helping to apply for grants for SFU Aerospace. His work ensures that both SFU Aerospace and the clubs under it stay funded so that their work can continue. He is a part of this organization as he is excited to see the groundbreaking work that SFU Aerospace is creating. Currently, Ryan is also helping several other organizations with their financials, including the SFU Jazz Band, Altered Reality Club and the SFU Satellite Design Club.

Richard Arthurs    Technical Development Board Member   Richard is a soon-to-be graduate of Mechatronics Systems Engineering. He has a passion for embedded systems engineering that has developed over 3 years of onboard computer development at the SFU Satellite Design Team. Richard is currently the co-lead for command and data handling for ORCASAT, a CubeSat that will be launched in 2021. With work experience in the semiconductor and clean technology industries, and past experience as a summer camp counsellor, Richard has developed skills in teaching, leadership, hardware design, and software development. He loves working on technical teams, and is probably out running or practicing photography if he’s not in a meeting or debugging something new.

Richard Arthurs

Technical Development Board Member

Richard is a soon-to-be graduate of Mechatronics Systems Engineering. He has a passion for embedded systems engineering that has developed over 3 years of onboard computer development at the SFU Satellite Design Team. Richard is currently the co-lead for command and data handling for ORCASAT, a CubeSat that will be launched in 2021. With work experience in the semiconductor and clean technology industries, and past experience as a summer camp counsellor, Richard has developed skills in teaching, leadership, hardware design, and software development. He loves working on technical teams, and is probably out running or practicing photography if he’s not in a meeting or debugging something new.

Richard Kwok    Technical Development Board Member   Richard Kwok is the power subsystem lead on the SFU Satellite Design team and a member of the avionics subsystem on SFU Rocketry, as well as a technical advisor on the SFU Aerospace executive board. He is a fifth year undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University studying Mechatronic Systems Engineering. His industry experience includes emulating SSDs in software at Intel and working on new RF frontend products at Orbital Research. He is currently completing his undergraduate capstone project as part of a team focused on earth imaging systems for smallsats. He is also the founder and hierarch of SFU Starcraft, which competes in North American collegiate leagues and organizes Starcraft events for the greater Vancouver area.

Richard Kwok

Technical Development Board Member

Richard Kwok is the power subsystem lead on the SFU Satellite Design team and a member of the avionics subsystem on SFU Rocketry, as well as a technical advisor on the SFU Aerospace executive board. He is a fifth year undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University studying Mechatronic Systems Engineering. His industry experience includes emulating SSDs in software at Intel and working on new RF frontend products at Orbital Research. He is currently completing his undergraduate capstone project as part of a team focused on earth imaging systems for smallsats. He is also the founder and hierarch of SFU Starcraft, which competes in North American collegiate leagues and organizes Starcraft events for the greater Vancouver area.

Isabelle Joaquin    Business Development Coordinator   As the Business Development Coordinator, Izzi assists the VP of External Relations by reaching out and meeting with external companies for sponsorships and potential partnerships, as well as collaborating with the design teams for events.     Izzi has always been immensely fascinated with the new and innovative developments in space engineering, and being a part of Aerospace has given her the opportunity to contribute to the success of the design teams on campus. By continuing to be curious about what is beyond our planet, the opportunities for growth are endless!

Isabelle Joaquin

Business Development Coordinator

As the Business Development Coordinator, Izzi assists the VP of External Relations by reaching out and meeting with external companies for sponsorships and potential partnerships, as well as collaborating with the design teams for events.


Izzi has always been immensely fascinated with the new and innovative developments in space engineering, and being a part of Aerospace has given her the opportunity to contribute to the success of the design teams on campus. By continuing to be curious about what is beyond our planet, the opportunities for growth are endless!