Team Bios

Matt Arnone

Matt Arnone is an undergraduate student at the University of Idaho. He is currently a senior and is majoring in Computer Engineering. He attended High School in Post Falls, ID and has one brother and three sisters. His interests include overclocking computers, online gaming, and science fiction. Matt brings to the team his knowledge of programming in languages such as C, C++, Python and Perl and experience designing digital systems in VHDL.



Nick Harris

Nicholas C. Harris is an undergraduate at the University of Idaho. He is currently a senior and is majoring in Electrical Engineering. He attended High School in Post Falls, ID and has two brothers and two sisters. His interests include mathematics, computer hardware, gaming, and learning. Nick brings to the team his knowledge of analog and digital electrical circuits, programming languages, creativity, and organization.



Matt Hinkelman

Matt Hinkelman is a senior mechanical engineering undergraduate at the University of Idaho. He has worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory performing tests on solid oxide fuel cells for two summers and has helped design a passive attenuation platform for an optical transceiver to go in to space for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His skills in SolidWorks and CATIA coupled with FEA experience makes him a useful designer for Impact.



Jay Hirata

Jay Hirata will be graduating in May with a degree in Computer Engineering. He hails from a small town in Western Idaho called Weiser. Weiser is famous for their National Oldtime Fiddle Festival. Jay is actively involved on campus with organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ, Student Alumni Relations Board, and recently the 2008 Homecoming committee as Fireworks Chair and Webmaster. In his spare time, Jay enjoys backpacking, camping, hiking, and mountain biking. When weather outside is less forgiving, he spends his time playing games, doing web design, or programming. Jay's experience in both hardware design and software design makes him a valuable part to the Impact team.

Matthew Mihelish

Matthew Mihelish is currently a senior at the University of Idaho majoring in mechanical engineering. He grew up in Firth, Idaho and attended Blackfoot High School. Apart from studying, he enjoys piloting various aircraft around the Moscow/Pullman area and fly fishing the St. Joe River. Matt brings to the team his experience with high velocity impact testing from an internship at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, and past finite element analysis projects conducted at the University of Idaho. He is looking forward to working with his team members, and the experience to come with the completion of the micro-meteoroid and orbital debris impact detection project.



Alex Swanson

Alex Swanson is an undergraduate student of mechanical engineering at the University of Idaho. He grew up in Austin, TX and enjoys playing the guitar, watching live music, and playing disc golf. He's worked the previous two summers at Freeport Mcmoran Copper and Gold in Safford, AZ. There, Alex worked in a reliability engineering department where he developed and tested a new system for monitoring the thickness of rubber conveyor belts. At this job, Alex developed his skills in both solid modeling and flaw detection which he hopes to bring to Team Impact.