MIT Rocket Team Members

Christian Valledor
Title: Project Manager
Course: 16
Year: 2012
Bio: Christian Valledor is a recent graduate from the department of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Christian became interested in flight at an early age, and still has some of his first model rockets. When Christian joined the Rocket Team he quickly began taking an active role in team leadership, and has helped bring a renewed interest in the team.
Ben Corbin
Title: Propulsion Lead/EHS Representative
Course: 16
Year: Ph.D. Candidate
Bio: Ben is an Aerospace Engineering and Planetary Science double masters student finishing his thesis in Fall 2010 and starting his Ph.D. program in Space Systems Engineering in Spring 2011. He is currently the Flight Engineer for a sounding rocket project called Project VeSpR to study the water loss of Venus' atmosphere. He has been very active in the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space for over 5 years and serves as the PR Director for Astronauts4Hire. In his spare time, Ben enjoys break dancing, ice hockey, heavy metal, cycling, and skiing.
Eric Peters
Title: Recovery Lead
Course: 16
Year: Alumni
Bio: Eric is an alumnus of the Aeronautics and Astronautics department. When not building rockets, he is working on CASTOR, a nanosatellite that MIT is developing as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory's University Nanosatellite Program. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school. Other interests include video games, playing guitar, and biking.
Andrew Wimmer
Title: Safety Officer
Course: 16
Year: 2012
Bio: Andrew Wimmer is a recent graduate of MIT in Aerospace Engineering. During high school, he led the team from West Point, Nebraska that placed 3rd in TARC's 2006 contest and went on to participate twice in SLI. He also participated in FIRST Robotics and was a varsity swimmer in high school and at MIT. Recent projects include mentoring middle-school students with the use of the NASA/MIT's SPHERES program and his Tripoli L3 certification.Andrew Wimmer graduated from MIT's Aero/Astro department in 2012. He's been building rockets since age 8 and entered the world of high powered rocketry about 9 years ago. He has been involved with or led a total of 4 SLI/USLI teams over the years. Andrew is acting as the mentor for the MIT team for the 2013 competition. He currently works as a systems engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas, VA.