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About the URC Staff:
The University Rover Challenge staff is an all-volunteer group. If it takes us longer than you expect to respond to an email, or post an announcement, please be patient!
URC Senior Leadership:
Kevin Sloan, Director
email: Kevin [at] MarsSociety [dot] org
Kevin Sloan holds B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and an M.Eng. degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently works in science and technology program management in the Washington, D.C. area. He previously served as the Commander of Crews 25 and 50 at the Mars Desert Research Station, and has been the Director of URC since its inception in 2006.
Andrew Duncan, Deputy Director
email: ADuncan [at] MarsSociety [dot] org
Andrew Duncan has a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University. His expertise is in electronics for hand-held spectrometers operating in extreme environments on Earth. He is also the lead engineer for sensors in development for the Lunar and Martian surface. He was also a crew member for the NASA Ames Spaceward Bound Crew 54 at MDRS.
Darrel Robertson, Associate Director for Requirements and Guidelines
email: DRobertson [at] MarsSociety [dot] org
Darrel Robertson is currently working at NASA Ames on asteroid threat assessment. Interested in space exploration from a young age before earning a B.Sc.in Physics with Space Science and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. MDRS crew 89 engineer and MDRS capcom since. Joined URC staff for 2012 season and greatly enjoyed being a site judge.
Graham Lau, Associate Director for Logistics
email: GrahamLau [at] BMSIS [dot] org
Graham Lau holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry from York College of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Geological Sciences and Astrobiology at the University of Colorado Boulder. He now works as the Director of Communications and Marketing for Blue Marble Space and as a Research Scientist with the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science (BMSIS). Graham is honored to support the University Rover Challenge, where he has the annual pleasure of seeing some of the best and brightest of young engineers and scientists work together as they put their robotic rovers to some harsh tests in a Mars analog environment.