Rover

Team Leads

  • Garrit Strenge – strenge.g@northeastern.edu
  • Ben Thacher – thacher.b@northeastern.edu
  • Heather Branan – branan.h@northeastern.edu
  • Alex Zeng – zeng.al@northeastern.edu
  • Ariana Patterson – patterson.ar@northeastern.edu

Mission

The Northeastern University Mars Rover Team is a group of 20-30 undergraduate students at Northeastern University competing in the premier robotics competition – University Rover Challenge. Each year, teams from around the world design, engineer, and construct a full-scale mars rover to compete in Equipment Servicing, Retrieval and Delivery, Autonomous Navigation, and Life Detection Tasks, at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. Students come from many backgrounds and majors: Computer/Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, and more.

Team Members

Mechanical

  • Heather Branan – Mobility Lead
  • Alex Zeng – Arm Lead
  • Faith Lukang
  • Sofia Handzy – Social Media Manager
  • Grace McDonough – Systems Lead

Electrical

  • Ben Thacher – Electrical Lead
  • Nicholas Frank
  • Abhinav Diddee – Outreach Lead
  • Allison Care
  • Matas Suziedelis
  • Eli Wiel

Life Detection

  • Ariana Patterson – Life Detection Lead
  • Grace Lapinig
  • Kara Lui
  • Sarah Woodlief
  • Matt Swenson

Software

  • Garrit Strenge – Software Lead
  • Ben Lubas
  • Xun Xu
  • Brooke Chalmers
  • Devashish Sood
  • Matthew Goldgirsh
  • Jason Cheung
  • Sanat Shajan
  • Shannon McInnis
  • Noreen Hossain
  • Noam Steiner Tomer
  • William Walling-Sotolongo
  • Brian Schubert
  • Benoni Vainqueur
  • Bryan Zeng