Meet the Team

Mary Essex
Full Team Lead

Operations Research and Engineering, 2019

Mary is from Fairfield, Connecticut. Outside of CUSail she is involved with Phi Sigma Sigma and the Cornell Celtic Club. She enjoys skiing, golfing, and watching sports.

Chris Kutil
Mechanical Lead

Mechanical Engineering, 2020

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.

Troy Smith
Navigation Lead

Computer Science, 2020

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.

Jackson Kopitz
Business Lead

Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2020

Jackson is from Manhattan Beach, California. When he's not in class or in Duffield, he likes playing trombone with the Cornell Big Red Bands and skiing. He can often be found petting dogs or watching Game of Thrones.

Whitney Mathews
Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering, 2019

Whitney is a senior from San Francisco studying mechanical engineering. Outside of CUSail, you can find Whitney running, hiking, reading, or wearing a parka before winter begins.

Alicia Coto
Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2019

Alicia was raised in New Jersey. On campus she is also a part of Society of Women Engineers and Women in Computing at Cornell. She loves hiking, playing the piano and dancing.

Mary Augenstein
Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering, 2021

Mary Augenstein is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is studying mechanical engineering. Mary is a hater of fruit, but a lover of people. In her free time, Mary enjoys running, playing the piano, validating actions based off zodiac signs, and fighting the good fight.

Kurt Huebner
Navigation Team

Computer Science, 2021

Kurt is a sophomore computer science major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Outside of CUSail, he is a member of the Nordic Ski Team and Outing Club, and enjoys backpacking, climbing, and skiing.

Devin Dean
Mechanical Team

Engineering Physics, 2021

Devin is a sophomore in the college of engineering. Devin enjoys playing volleyball and going hiking in his free time. Recently, Devin learned to scuba dive!

Alex Merrill
Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering, 2021

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.

Madeline Dubelier
Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering, 2020

Madeline is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering from McLean, VA. She is also the director of Outreach for the Society of Women Engineers on campus and enjoys working with local students to promote STEM.

Katherine Gray
Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering, 2021

Katherine is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering and is from London, England. On campus, she is involved with Humor Us! and Alpha Chi Omega. Katherine loves to travel, watch films, sail as often as possible, and talk about being British.

Jamie Poole
Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2021

Jamie is a sophomore studying Electrical and Computer Engineering 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.

Diane Sutyak
Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2020

Diane is a junior 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.

Beth Mieczkowski
Navigation Team

Computer Science and Math, 2021

Beth is from Woodbury, Connecticut. In addition to CUSail, Beth enjoys volunteering with Big Red Thon, writing for Crème de Cornell, hiking, and reading Jane Austen.

Marissa Rubb
Navigation Team

Computer Science, 2021

Marissa is originally from Connecticut. She is a sophomore studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering. In her free time, she enjoyings hanging out in Olin Basement and going to Chipotle.

Nick Allen
Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering, 2021

Nick is a sophomore from West Point, New York, studying mechanical engineering. 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.

Claudia Buchard
Mechanical Team

Environmental Engineering, 2021

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

Rachel Brotherton
Navigation Team

Computer Science, 2021

Rachel is a sophomore studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering and is from Williamsburg, Virginia. In her free time she competes for the Cornell Tae Kwon Do team, and watches Netflix while eating cookie dough.

Max Ren
Navigation Team

Computer Science, 2021

Max is from Princeton, New Jersey and is a sophomore studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering. In his free time he plays volleyball for the Cornell Volleyball Club.

John Winnicki
Navigation Team

Computer Science, 2021

John is a sophomore computer science and mathematics major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Aside from CUSail, he is a member of Cornell Business Analytics. John enjoys the outdoors, playing the ukulele, and reading.

Rachel Han
Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering, 2022

Rachel grew up in New Jersey before recently moving to Arizona. In her free time, she likes to sleep, eat, and hang out with people.

Mahika Kudlugi
Navigation Team

Computer Science, 2022

Mahika is from Wellesley, Massachusetts. She has a pug named Zoey, who is the most valuable human in her family. In her free time, Mahika loves listening to podcasts and watching Rick and Morty.

Katelin Chan
Navigation Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2022

Katelin is from Oakton, Virginia. Aside from CUSail, she is on the Lady Bears Club Volleyball team. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and watching Netflix.

Crystal Wu
Business Team

Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2022

Crystal is from Hopewell Junction, NY. She is interested in graphic design and eating good food!

Somil Aggarwal
Business Team

Computer Science, 2022

Somil is a freshman studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering from Syracuse, NY. On campus, he is a member of Cornell Consulting, the South Asian Council, and Cornell Bhangra. He enjoys basketball, meeting new people, and all types of food.

Jack Kulas
Mechanical Team

Mechanical Engineering, 2022

Jack is a freshman studying mechanical engineering from Dallas, Texas. In addition to CUSail, Jack is a part of the Cornell Political Union. He enjoys photography, playing guitar, and hiking.

Everett White
Navigation Team

Computer Science, 2020

Everett is a junior 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 is currently doing a co-op in Washington D.C.

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Prof. Andy Ruina
Faculty Advisor

Mechanical Systems, 1976

Went to Brown, then Brown, then Brown. Was a geophysicist for a year then Cornell, first in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, then in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in mechanics generally. But especially walking, biking, sailing, rowing and dynamics things. http://ruina.tam.cornell.edu/