Marvelous Martian Mentors 

This page is dedicated to the AIAA Distinguished Mentors who are changing lives via their volunteer mentorship in Martian Greenhouse 2.0. 

This collaborative learning adventure is related to a movement in learning called Building Ships.

RelationSHIPS, FriendSHIPS, MentorSHIPS, InternSHIPS

Our AIAA Distinguished Mentors help all twelve teams in this international collaborative learning adventure.

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What does being a mentor mean to the mentors?







Dan Adamo is a mentor for the Our Lady of Guadalupe RC High School, Belmopan City, Belize team.

I'd say being a mentor is a way for me to "pay it forward" in my aerospace profession.  I'm only able to substantively contribute to this profession because, as Sir Isaac would say, "I've stood on the shoulders of giants."  Without the mentorship of my predecessors, I'd be profoundly ignorant.  Mentoring from which I've benefitted has been delivered both in person and through published works in print and electronic media.  My aim has been to offer reciprocal educational outreach to all takers throughout my career.

                                                          - Dan Adamo 


Geoffrey Andrews is an aerodynamicist with a background in rocket propulsion. He has much experience in hypersonic aerodynamics and/or launch vehicle and engine design. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. at Purdue University in Indiana. He also has spent some time working at NASA Glenn in Ohio and the Von Karman Institute in Belgium.



About me:

I am an engineer, an aviator, and above all else, a hopeless nerd – more than anything, I’m driven by my borderline-unhealthy thirst for knowledge and my insatiable love of flight.


After three wonderful years as an undergraduate, I earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in Aerospace Engineering from Lehigh University; I then completed my M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering at Purdue before matriculating into the doctoral program.  Right now, you’ll find me working on my Ph.D. studying computational fluid dynamics with a focus on analysis of hypersonic boundary layer transition using massively parallel computations (translation: I use very large computers to study very tiny bits of air, moving very quickly in ways that nobody really understands). My research has given me the opportunity to work at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, applying boundary layer stability theory to the problem of hypersonic transition in conventional wind tunnels. I also work as a co-op student at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center,  studying advanced aeronautics concepts and engine-airframe integration in the Propulsion Systems Analysis branch.

My research interests include hypersonic flight technologies, high-speed aerodynamics, and next-generation space launch vehicles. Outside of work, I enjoy flying vintage aircraft, playing classical piano, baking elaborate creations, and seeing the world, one adventure at a time.

Dr. Chetan Kulkarni  


Research Scientist/Lead Fault Diagnostics and Prognostics, Systems Health Management, Predictive Maintenance

Mountain View, California, United States


Chetan S. Kulkarni is a staff researcher at the Prognostics Center of Excellence and the Diagnostics and Prognostics Group in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center. He leads a team of researchers in the area of fault detection and prognostics for aerospace applications with a primary area of research in future electric UAVs and aircrafts.

Dr. Kulkarni completed his MS(’09), Ph.D. (’13) from Vanderbilt University, TN where he was a Graduate Research Assistant with the Institute for Software Integrated Systems and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He completed his Bachelors(’02) from the University of Pune, India. Prior to joining Vanderbilt he was a Research Fellow at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT-Bombay, where his research work focused on developing low-cost substation automation system monitoring and control devices and partial discharge of transformers. Earlier to that he was a member of the technical team of the Power Automation group at Honeywell Automation India Ltd (HAIL), where he was involved in turnkey power automation projects and also product development in the area of substation automation. He actively participates in STEM education activities mentoring students at NASA outreach programs, Science Fair competitions, MESA etc. Dr. Kulkarni co-chairs the Professional Development and Education Outreach AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee. Dr. Kulkarni is the recipient of several Best paper awards by AIAA, IEEE and the PHM society. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and AIAA, as well as an elected member of the Sigma Xi Society.


John Zipay 

Deputy Branch Chief - Structures Branch at NASA - Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center