We are a team of 34 undergraduate students at Cornell University who share a passion to build the next generation of robotic, intelligent sailboats.

Full Team Photo

Leads

The team leads are responsible for managing their respective subteams. They plan out and assign tasks to members and ensure the team is fully prepared for the competition each June and is making progress on the long term goals.

Jackson Headshot

Jackson is from Manhattan Beach, California. When he's not in class, he's probably sleeping in the Duffield comfy chairs. He likes playing trombone, petting dogs, and large umbrellas.

Jackson Kopitz

Full Team Lead

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2020

Nick Headshot

Nick is from West Point, New York. Nick is also a midshipman in Cornell's Naval ROTC Unit. In his free time, he enjoys running, making origami, and long walks on short beaches.

Nick Allen

Mechanical Lead

Mechanical Engineering

2021

Diane Headshot

Diane is from York, PA. Catch her commandeering Duffield alcoves, exploring gorges, or napping random places on campus. She also plays flute in the Big Red Marching Band and Pep Band.

Diane Sutyak

Navigation Lead

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2020

Crystal Headshot

Crystal is from a hamlet in Dutchess County, New York. She like fun earrings, smoothies, and watching movies. Outside of CUSail, she also involved with Alpha Phi Omega and Cornell IEEE. While not in class, Crystal can be found napping, playing Pentris, or designing stickers.

Crystal Wu

Business & Operations Lead

Computer Science

2022

Mechanical Subteam

The Mechanical Subteam designs and manufactures the mechanical components of the boat. They make the boat waterproof and work on a wide range of projects to help the boat withstand high winds while being light and fast for the competition.

Nick Headshot

Nick is from West Point, New York. Nick is also a midshipman in Cornell's Naval ROTC Unit. In his free time, he enjoys running, making origami, and long walks on short beaches.

Nick Allen

Mechanical Lead

Mechanical Engineering

2021

Chris Headshot

Chris lives in Westchester, NY. Aside from building sailboats, he also is a piano teacher through Cornell Piano Society. He can be found napping at odd hours and firmly believes that pineapple belongs on pizza.

Chris Kutil

Former Mechanical Lead

Mechanical Engineering

2020

Alex Headshot

Alex grew up outside of Burlington, VT. While not a programmer at heart he is excited to try to teach a computer how to sail. In addition to CUSail he is also involved with the alpine ski team and the outing club on campus. In his spare time he tries to sail and ski as much as possible.

Alex Merrill

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering

2021

Claudia Headshot

Claudia is studying Environmental Engineering from Portland, Oregon. Outside of CUSail, she plays Ultimate Frisbee for the Cornell Roses, rock climbs, and thrift shops.

Claudia Buchard

Mechanical Team

Environmental Engineering

2021

Halle Headshot

Halle is a junior mechanical engineering major. She is from Mentor, Ohio and is on the varsity women’s sailing team at Cornell. In her free time, she likes to draw cartoons, make websites, and build things out of everything.

Halle Buescher

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering

2021

Philip Headshot

Philip is from Greenwich, Connecticut. Although he never did it competitively, he is very passionate about sailing, especially when it comes to helping a computer navigate the stormy seas. He is also involved in the Club Lacrosse Team on campus. In his free time, he can be found rewatching movies or hanging out with friends.

Philip Ayoub

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering

2022

Jennifer Headshot

Jennifer is from Wayne, PA (about 40 min from Philadelphia). She plays an excessive amount of Tetris and her current high-score for 40L sprint is 37.2 seconds (please DM her through LinkedIn if you have a lower time). Jen is also scared of water, fish, and boats. She had reoccuring nightmares after watching Finding Dory.

Jennifer Lee

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering

2022

Rafi Headshot

Rafi is from New Haven, Connecticut. Outside of CUSail, he is involved with Cornell Productions, a student run organization that supplies lighting and sound services for the events on campus. In his spare time, he enjoys playing jazz guitar and can strangely juggle well.

Rafael Gottlieb

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering

2023

Julianna Headshot

Julianna is from Long Island, New York. On campus, she plays trumpet in the Pep Band and is a member of the Society of Women Engineers. When she’s not stressing about school, Julianna enjoys rock climbing, playing basketball, and petting dogs.

Julianna Seifert

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering

2023

Claire Headshot

Claire is from London, England. On campus she is also part of the International Students Union. In her free time she enjoys trying out the different dining halls in seach of good italian food, running around Beebe lake and complaining about the cold.

Claire Beck-Belaman

Mechanical Team

Undecided

2023

Aleksandra Headshot

Aleksandra “Ola” is from Queens New York. Originally from Poland, she loves making Polish cultural foods and hiking the Tatry mountains. She also enjoys rock climbing and watching historical dramas.

Aleksandra Nasiukiewicz

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering

2023

Claire Headshot

Claire is from Woodstock, Georgia (but it’s kinda, close enough -not really- to be called Atlanta). She’s originally from Taiwan, and her favorite hobby is performing with the CU ProYos, the diabolo performance team on campus. Her favorite foods include boba, curry, and toffee.

Claire Chen

Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering

2022

Lewis Headshot

Lewis is from Bay City, Michigan. He grew up sailing on the Great Lakes, and is now a sailing instructor for Cornell. Outside of CUSail, he is involved in the Cornell Astronomical Society and the Society for Physics Students. In his free time, he enjoys powerlifting, reading fantasy epics, and is a horror movie enthusiast.

Lewis Wolf

Mechanical Team

Physics

2022

Navigation Subteam

The Navigation Subteam works with the boat’s electrical and software components. They work on PCB design, sensor integration, sailing algorithms, power management, radio communication, and servo motor control.

Diane Headshot

Diane is from York, PA. Catch her commandeering Duffield alcoves, exploring gorges, or napping random places on campus. She also plays flute in the Big Red Marching Band and Pep Band.

Diane Sutyak

Navigation Lead

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2020

Everett Headshot

Everett is a senior in the College of Engineering studying Computer Science. Aside from CUSail, he is also involved in the Cornell Wushu Club, which practices martial arts.

Everett White

Navigation Team

Computer Science

2020

Jamie Headshot

Jamie is from Farmington, Connecticut. Outside of her studies, Jamie studies robotics in the Collective Embodied Intelligence Laboratory and plays the flute in the Big Red Marching Band. Her ultimate goal in life is to develop intelligent robots to start a revolution to bring about the fall of capitalism.

Jamie Poole

Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2021

Troy Headshot

In addition to CUSail, Troy is a part of the Recreational Fencing Club and the Hammock Enthusiasts’ Club on campus. He has been coding and dabbling in AutoCAD programs for the last few years, and also has an interest in learning to sail.

Troy Smith

Former Navigation Lead

Computer Science

2020

Courtney Headshot

Courtney is from Tampa, Florida. Outside of her studies, she enjoys building robots to automate her life, hiking, and complaining about the weather.

Courtney McBeth

Navigation Team

ECE & Computer Science

2021

Vivian Headshot

Vivian is from Cleveland, OH. Outside of CUSail, she's involved in research, CU Nooz, and APO. She enjoys impulsively buying stuffed animals, watching food videos, and hiking. She loves mangoes, puzzles, and Nintendo games!

Vivian Jiang

Navigation Team

Computer Science, Biology

2022

Adi Headshot

Adityavardhan “Adi” is from India. Outside of CUSail, he is involved with the CMSX group and is interested in the blend of computer science and finance. He is a theatre enthusiast and loves watching and acting in productions. He also loves eating spicy food and drinking coffee.

Adityavardhan Agrawal

Navigation Team

Computer Science

2022

Will Headshot

Will is a Freshman from the Jersey Shore. Aside from being a pro at putting in beach umbrellas, he also enjoys playing ping-pong and marching trumpet in the BRMB.

William Salcedo

Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2023

Rachel Headshot

Rachel is from Atlanta, Georgia. She likes dogs, snacks, and hiking. She played violin for 10+ years before becoming allergic to the chin rest.

Rachel Zhou

Navigation Team

Computer Science

2023

Fabrizio Headshot

Fabrizio is from Venezuela by way of Miami, Florida. You can usually find him napping in Olin in between Calculus sets. Outside of CUSail, he enjoys bowling, hiking, and arguing that Terraria is better than Minecraft.

Fabrizio Casanova Alaimo

Navigation Team

Computer Science

2023

Business & Operations Subteam

The Business & Operations Subteam is the connection between the team and the rest of Cornell. The team handles marketing, front end development, design, finances, outreach, and sponsorships.

Crystal Headshot

Crystal is from a hamlet in Dutchess County, New York. She like fun earrings, smoothies, and watching movies. Outside of CUSail, she also involved with Alpha Phi Omega and Cornell IEEE. While not in class, Crystal can be found napping, playing Pentris, or designing stickers.

Crystal Wu

Business & Operations Lead

Computer Science

2022

Jackson Headshot

Jackson is from Manhattan Beach, California. When he's not in class, he's probably sleeping in the Duffield comfy chairs. He likes playing trombone, petting dogs, and large umbrellas.

Jackson Kopitz

Full Team Lead

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2020

Rachel Headshot

Rachel is from New Jersey. Outside of CUSail she is part of Forte, a women's undergraduate business club. She enjoys eating good food and talking to new people.

Rachel Han

Business & Operations Team

Computer Science

2022

Tomas Headshot

Tomas is from Brooklyn, NY. Outside of CUSail, Tomas is part of ECO, Cornell Creatives, and Phi Gamma Delta. In his free time, he enjoys finding new music on SoundCloud, watching Fortnite videos, and talking about sustainability.

Tomas Engquist

Business & Operations Team

Information Science

2022

Nada Headshot

Nada is from Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys making art and taking pictures of the sky as she’s walking to class. In case anyone was wondering, her bubble tea order is always a large milk tea with bubbles and less ice.

Nada Attia

Business & Operations Team

Computer Science

2023

Meghana Headshot

Meghana is a freshman from Ithaca, NY. In her free time she enjoys visiting the local gorges, watching Netflix, and most of all eating grilled cheese.

Meghana Gavirneni

Business & Operations Team

Economics

2023

Srikar Headshot

Srikar is from Omaha, Nebraska. When he's not in class, he enjoys watching sports, playing chess, and staying up to date with the news.

Srikar Yallala

Business & Operations Team

Computer Science

2023