Life After SEDS

Darren Charrier

Solutions Architect

Swedish Space Corporation

Darren is a Solutions Architect at the Swedish Space Corporation where he serves as the technical liaison for the business development team. His specific focus is to help new space and lunar companies with their spacecraft ground systems. Previously, Charrier served as the CEO and co-founder of Voyager, a software startup focused on data-driven systems engineering tools that made hardware engineering faster and more efficient. He has also worked as a propulsion engineer at both SpaceX and Moon Express, developing rocket engines for next-generation Moon and Mars spacecraft. Charrier also served as president SEDS UCSD, increasing the national reach and local impact of the group by securing NASA grant money to develop an open-source rocket engine test stand, helping lead the team to launch the first liquid 3D-printed rocket, and growing a team of 20 engineers to over 100. In 2018, he was recognized as a 24 Under 24 Leader and Innovator by The Mars Generation. Darren’s life mission is to put a colony on the Moon, however, for fun, you will often find Darren soaking up the San Diego sun and experimenting with new recipes on the barbeque!

Hannah Kerner

Assistant Research Professor

Dept. of Geographical Sciences , University of Maryland

Dr. Hannah Kerner is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. Her research involves developing new machine learning methods for remote sensing applications in agriculture, food security, and Earth and planetary sciences. Hannah received her B.S. in computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where she was part of UNC SEDS) and her PhD at Arizona State University, where she developed new methods for facilitating scientific discovery in planetary exploration investigations at Mars using machine learning. She has developed onboard software for the world’s largest constellation of satellites at Planet, Inc., and worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Langley Research Center.

Deepak Atyam

Co-Founder & CEO

Tri-D  Dynamics

Atyam has co-founded and is running a frontier tech startup, Tri-D Dynamics, which provides a permanent power and data infrastructure to the upstream energy sector via the world’s first smart casing.

He has received his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering with a Major focus in Manufacturing Engineering from Purdue University in addition to a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UC San Diego. Atyam has worked at SpaceX, Google Lunar X-Prize Team Moon Express, Purdue’s Zucrow Laboratory, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Langley Research Center, and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center starting from the age of 17 and has led multiple successful NASA funded projects including the production and testing of the first and second fully 3D printed liquid rocket engine from a university. He founded and served as the President of the SEDS@UCSD and UCSD’s Triton Rocket Club.

Atyam has also been named one of LA Business Journal’s “2017 20 Founders in their 20s”, selected as a Future Space Leader, a Kairos Fellow, a Gordon Engineering Leadership Fellow, a University Innovation Fellow, Aviation Week’s 20Twenties in Aerospace, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Student Scholar, won multiple business plan competitions, and has 9 patents pending along with 1 patent granted.

Sumayya Abukhalil

Space Systems Engineer

 Northrop Grumman

Sumayya Abukhalil is a systems engineer for Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems sector. Since starting at Northrop Grumman in 2019, she has worked on a variety of projects and proposals relating to the Lunar Gateway, now referred to as the Artemis program. Currently she serves as a member of the National Human Landing System (HLS) Team, competing for a 2024 HLS contract. 

She is a participant of the Northrop Grumman Pathways rotation program, which has allowed her to rotate between systems engineering (previous rotation), mission operations (current), and integration and testing (next rotation). Sumayya graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering. During her time as a student she was selected to be a part of the Brooke Owens Fellowship (class of 2017), her host institution being Orbital ATK. Additionally, having held the role as SEDS-UCF President for a year and having chaired SpaceVision 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Sumayya is a major advocate for SEDS.

Genevieve Gural

SpaceX

In May 2018, Genevieve graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. She subsequently joined the DREAMS lab in Fall 2018. She has held an interest in Additive Manufacturing and Metal Casting from a young age, and has incorporated these topics into several years of her undergraduate study. 

Her primary undergrad extracurricular ativity was the Baja SAE team at Virginia Tech, for which she was Team Captain in 2017-18. During her freshman year, she participated in the Hypatia Living-Learning Community, and maintained ties with the community as an inVenTs Leadership Team memeber throughout undergrad. 

Genevieve also placed heavy emphasis on industry experience as part of her education. She has held positions at a range of companies, including several terms at Tesla and SpaceX.

In her spare time, Genevieve enjoys woodworking, building rockets and cards, and mentoring others.