The University of Southern California’s Rocket Propulsion Laboratory is an undergraduate research laboratory that designs, builds and tests experimental rocketry and propulsion hardware.
Engineering and Operations Team Members
CARTER ALLEN Chief Engineer Carter is responsible for overseeing all design and manufacturing work in the lab, which includes running design reviews, managing schedules, and conducting day-to-day operations. He is also responsible for final flight simulations, dispersion analysis, and obtaining necessary government waivers. Carter has interned for three summers at Blue Origin, and is in his senior year studying Astronautical Engineering.
PRESTON FEGLEY Chief Infrastructure Officer Preston is responsible for making sure the lab has everything it needs to maintain its cutting-edge level of technology. This includes maintenance and improvement to RPL’s machinery and equipment. He has worked at Northrop Grumman and wants to be an astronaut. Outside of lab, Preston enjoys any and all sports and exploring the great outdoors. Preston is a junior working toward a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.
ROBERTO LOPEZ Chief Composites Engineer & Resource Officer Being the Composites Lead, Roberto is in charge of manufacturing and the quality of any carbon or glass fiber structure. As Chief Resource Officer, Roberto is responsible for making sure RPL has the right tools on deck to operate. Roberto spent a summer interning at Blue Origin in the structures division working with composites. He is currently a senior working towards his B.S. in Astronautical Engineering.
ALLIE GEHRIS Chief Propulsion Engineer & Communications Officer As Chief Communications and Outreach Officer, Allie Gehris is responsible for RPL's public relations, company outreach, and overall image to the outside world. She also leads the ever-evolving process of making and characterizing propellant and solid rocket motors as Chief Propulsion Engineer. When not in lab, she enjoys theatrical production, hiking, and setting other things on fire. Allie is currently a junior working for a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering.
TYLER AHLF Chief Design Engineer Tyler is responsible for the modeling and analysis of all RPL vehicles and ground support hardware. He continues to optimize each system for flight and ensure that each component will meet its required safety and performance margin. Tyler has interned for United Launch Alliance (ULA) and works for Fluid Synchrony, a medical device startup developing implantable microfluidic drug delivery pumps. Tyler is currently a junior working towards his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. When he's not in the lab, Tyler can be found somewhere on Mammoth Mountain with the USC Ski and Snowboard Team.