Team Bios

Alec Bowman

Alec was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. After graduating high school in 2007, he moved to Moscow, Idaho to attend school at the University of Idaho to study Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. Alec is very involved on campus. He is the a member of the executive board of the U of I chapter of the Associated Society of Mechanical Engineers, on the Ballroom Dance Team at the University of Idaho, and the President of the Honors Student Advisory Board. In addition, he is the TA for both ME 341 (Intermediate Mechanics of Materials) and ME 421 (CATIA). After graduation in the Spring of 2011, Alec plans to enter graduate school at the University of Kansas to earn his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. Alec’s hobbies include cooking, kayaking, and ballroom dancing.

Carlos Duarte

Carlos Duarte is a senior mechanical engineering student born in Mexico but grew up in small town Glenns Ferry, ID. He is interested in this project because of the challenges that come up with high precision tools. Every component must be very accurate to have a successful product. He also likes the fact that he is working with one of the top aviation companies of the world. Apart from engineering, he enjoys being active by playing sports that include soccer, football, and ultimate frisbee.

Justin Magleby

A senior in the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho, Justin Magleby currently holds a grade point average of 3.12. He also serves as the Vice President of the Idaho Alpha Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta Society. From his hometown of Idaho Falls, where he graduated with honors from Hillcrest High School and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, he hopes to find a career as an aeronautical engineer. Justin was drawn to this project in the hopes of attracting the attention of the aerospace industry which would in turn lead to future career opportunities upon his graduation in May of 2011.

Mike McLean

Mike grew up in Eagle River Alaska, interested in hockey, guitar, and rebuilding trucks including a 67 ford 100. He is a senior in Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Idaho. Work experience includes diesel mechanics, welding and steel fabrication, and field engineering at a mine in remote Alaska.

Joshua Rubini

Josh is a senior in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Idaho. Prior to attending the University of Idaho, he spent 12 years in the Navy as a Nuclear Machinist's Mate working on submarines. He is a member of Dr. Soule and Heckendorn's research team working on ways of improving robotic swarm cooperation and intelligence. His specific interests are in the fields of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, and more generally in Artificial Intelligence. Due to graduate with a B.S. in Computer Science in December, and from Mathematics in May of 2011, he intends to continue his work with Drs. Soule and Heckendorn as part of his graduate studies here at the University of Idaho. He enjoys table-top gaming, reading, and debating current issues with his friends in and around Moscow, Idaho.