2021 BOARD MEMBERS

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David Farren

President

David grew up in Orange County, California before pursuing his BS in International Relations from the United States Military Academy. While in the Army as an Armor Officer, he led teams working on Abrams Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles in the US Army. After the military, David moved on to a supply chain management position Walmart Inc. David is concentrating his time at Tepper on Business Strategy, Operations Management, and Entrepreneurship. David wants to help businesses connect with the exciting opportunities provided by the commercial space revolution.

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Alex Salesi

Executive Vice President

Alex is a born and raised Pittsburgh-er who holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Professional Engineering License in multiple states. During his career as an engineer, Alex worked on a wide variety of infrastructure projects including: gas & oil, roads, tunnels, and bridges, as well as in emergency response efforts following hurricanes up and down the east coast. At Tepper, Alex has joined the boards of both the Data Analytics Club & the STARS Club to further chase his childhood dreams of being an astronaut. Alex looks to combine his passion for people, technology, and learning together at CMU and is excited to be a part of the blossoming space industry.

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CJ Dearborn

VP of Innovation

CJ has a B.S in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University. He worked for an EPC contractor for the first two years of his career and completed four six-month rotations in manufacturing, construction, project management, and chemical engineering. After his rotational programs, he moved to the chemical process design side of the petrochemical industry at a leading petrochemical licensor, Lummus Technology. During his time at Lummus, he worked first in an engineering team and later moved to the business development and sales side of the business. CJ’s main focus at Tepper is to concentrate on Marketing, Strategy, and Finance with the ultimate goal of pursuing impactful roles in the technology space.

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Cory Hamilton

VP of Education and Social

Cory holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Boston College, a Masters of Engineering from Duke University, and is currently working on an accelerated dual degree from CMU’s Heinz School of Public Policy and the Tepper School of Business. Before attending Carnegie Mellon University, he worked as a High School Math Teacher in the Mississippi Teacher Corps, a Data Analyst at Capital One, and as a Data & Digital Solutions Consultant at two firms. His focus is on Strategy, Economics, and Public Policy at CMU. After graduation, he hopes to get involved with venture capital to help space, energy, and cleantech startups succeed and amplify their impact.

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Sheldon Pei

VP of Finance

Sheldon is a child of Maine, raised in Massachusetts, and received a B.Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked in Shanghai for a bit, designed and built several buildings before coming back stateside to work as a structural engineer for the oil/gas offshore industry at SOFEC, inc in Houston, Tx. During this time, he received a Master of engineering from Norwich University, and built floating production storage and offloading vessels for the oil majors of the world. At Tepper, Sheldon joined the Energy Business Track and plans to have several concentrations. Beyond the classroom, Sheldon loves to bike, cook, and talk about history. He ultimately wants to pursue a career in where the energy and the space industries intersect (Solar Space ring + Space Elevator).

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Jason DiVenere

VP of Corporate Outreach

After attending space camp three times, Jason went on to earn a B.S. in Business Administration and a Minor in Physics from Carnegie Mellon, and completed Pre-Med at Georgetown University. He is currently working towards his MBA and plans to apply it to space-related endeavors post-graduation. Prior to his return to Carnegie Mellon, Jason earned his private pilots license and spent five years working as an aerospace engineer at Scaled Composites, helping to design, build and test Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Currently, Jason is the CEO of a management company he founded in 2016, based in Malibu, California. When not working or studying, Jason enjoys finding creative ways to earn airline miles and credit card points through excessive travel, taking fun trips to spend said miles, sustainable energy (especially electric cars), 3D printing and spending time with his wife, son and three dogs.

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Jen MacDonald

VP of Media

Jen is a software engineer from the Bay Area in California. She graduated from UCLA with degrees in Cognitive Science and Data Science Engineering, and currently works at a startup focused on using AI for waste management in the supply chain. She hopes to use her knowledge to develop sustainable technology and practices in the space industry. In her free time, Jen enjoys reading, eating spicy food, and petting dogs.

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Michelle Fremuth

VP of Part-Time Coordination

Michelle is a Global Master Black Belt for Anheuser-Busch InBev, and holds a B.S.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Environmental Sustainability.  Her career has taken her from Philadelphia to Houston to St. Louis, and each role has deepened her passion for problem solving, continuous improvement methodologies, and data analysis.  Michelle has always loved space, and had the opportunity to attend space camp as a child.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, aerial arts, fossil preparation, and autocross racing.