The SEDS UNLV chapter was established in January of 2019 as a science and engineering based student organization aimed at developing a variety of space-related endeavors. The organization aims to bring together students passionate about space to work on challenging projects, as well as fostering interest among the student body in space exploration.

SEDS-USA was established in 1980 and is the largest student-run space organization in the world, consisting of an international community of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from a diverse range of educational backgrounds in chapters all over the world.


Brandon Hess

Brandon is a senior mechanical engineering student with a passion for energy generation and space travel. The desire for Brandon to become an engineer has been one he has held since childhood. Constantly tinkering with things and redesigning whatever he could gave him the motivation to move forward with obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering. It was the awe and wonder brought on by studying physics and aersopace that pushed Brandon to pursure a career in rocketry and in the past he has designed and built numerous rockets and solid composite rocket motors. In his spare time he enjoys playing the drums, hiking, and finding new nature spots to detach from the fast paced modern world.

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Keane Pimentel
Vice President

Keane is in his senior year of mechanical engineering and has been with SEDS UNLV since its formation. He is currently interning under the Aeromechanics office at NASA's Ames Research Center working on support for the next generation Mars Science Helicopter. Keane's passion for space ignited after watching The Martian in high school and discovering how cool engineering can be. He also enjoys going to concerts, collecting vinyl, and playing the guitar.

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Sophia Coronel

Sophia is in her third year studying Business Management at UNLV. In addition to being the Public Relations officer for SEDS, she’s also the Operations team lead at RebelSat. Through these organizations, she’s interested in learning more about the aerospace industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and after graduating she hopes to own a business of her own one day.

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Petar Matejic

Petar is in his third year as a mechanical engineering major at UNLV and later intends on pursuing a minor in Computer Science. Ever since he witnessed the maiden launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy flying a Tesla Roadster into space in 2017, he realized that the advancement of space exploration knew no limits. He enjoys to travel and spend time with his friends and family. He has interned at NASA working on the On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manurfacturing (OSAM) initiative. He is now interning at Firefly Aerospace.

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