Chris Gnam

Major: Aeropsace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Physics, Mathematics
Current year: Junior
Position: LinkSat Program Manager

I’ve always been passionate about space exploration. Ever since I was little I was obsessed with the idea of colonizing mars, but unfortunately I never believed that space exploration could be a legitimate career path. I originally came into college as a Biomedical Sciences Major, with aspirations to one day get my MD/PhD and become a medical researcher. But my freshman year, I had a calculus professor who related everything to space, and to this wild company called “SpaceX” that was trying to land their rockets. I started to become more and more interested in the math and physics that went into Aerospace Engineering, and over the course of the my first two years I changed my majors several times. From Biomedical Sciences to Biomedical Engineering to Mathematical Physics and finally to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. My first semester in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department a friend told me about UBNL and I was immediately hooked. I started out doing thermal analysis and structural design for GLADOS. I moved on to SORA where I helped develop a mathematical simulation for the Optical Payload. By the summer of 2016 I was selected to be the Program Manager for LinkSat and I couldn’t be more excited. This mission is something that I’m incredibly interested in and passionate about. I’m looking forward to being able to watch this project grow from concept to spacecraft over the next two years, and I hope that LinkSat is only the beginning of my contribution to bring mankind one step closer to the stars.