SEDS University of California

SEDS University of California

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SEDS@UCSD, the local Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) chapter at UC San Diego, was founded during the 2012-2013 academic school year by Deepak Atyam, Joshua Benedictos, Kenneth Benedictos, and Benjamin Liu. The founding President, Deepak Atyam, was inspired by a colleague, working on rocket engines, to pursue further research into metal printed motors. That colleague, from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, encouraged SEDS@UCSD to develop complex rocket engines using a relatively simple precision device, a 3D printer. With the assistance and guidance of NASA, as well as other prominent individuals in the Aerospace field, SEDS@UCSD became a group of undergraduate researchers on a mission to design, print, and test the feasibility of 3D printed rocket engines. As a tight knit team of engineering students working diligently, SEDS helped make UC San Diego the first university to ever design, print, and test a metal 3D printed rocket engine. Current Vice President, Alex Finch, joined on in the first year to help push SEDS to the goal of launching a 3D printed engine. Led by Deepak Atyam and Alex Finch, they plan to launch in 2015.
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