Guest Speakers and Advisors


Guest Speakers

Chelsea Partridge

Chelsea Partridge is a Systems Integration and Test Engineer at Lockheed Martin.

"Volunteering is a passion for Chelsea and she has been supporting her community most of her life. Her mother inspired her to volunteer. She started when she was young at the local library, and as she grew older, she found her two big passions: science and space.

             She is now the President of the Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers, a volunteer-run nonprofit which provides social, networking, and education opportunities for space and defense professionals. She also volunteers through FIRST robotics and local community organizations for non-STEM volunteering.

             Chelsea has an excellent recommendation for the ones who want to start volunteering, “Just do it! Think about what interests you, start in your comfort zone, or challenge yourself and participate; you will find every experience rewarding.”"

- Lockheed Martin Website

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Captain Victor Lopez, 1st Lt Faisal Fogle, and 2nd Lt Albert Thieu

Captain Victor Lopez is an airman assigned to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1st Lt Faisal Fogle is the Executive Officer at MIT, and 2nd Lt Albert Thieu is an Active Duty S.M Student in Aerospace Engineering at MIT.

             Capt Victor “SALSA” Lopez is an airman assigned to the Department of the Air Force and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Artificial Intelligence Accelerator. He received his undergraduate degree in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a graduate degree in Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech. SALSA is a distinguished graduate of his pilot training class and an MQ-9 Instructor Pilot. He has accrued nearly 2,000 combat hours over the last four years. At the Accelerator, SALSA works to bridge the gap between research and operational challenges for search and rescue applications while making AI real for airmen and guardians.

             1st Lt Faisal Fogle is the Executive Officer at the Department of the Air Force and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Artificial Intelligence Accelerator. Lt Fogle received a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering as the Outstanding Cadet in Astronautics from the US Air Force Academy in 2018. He then studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Lincoln Laboratory Military Fellow, earning his S.M. in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on Free Space Optical communications. Following his current role, Lt Fogle will attend pilot training at Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB, TX.

             2d Lt Albert Thieu is currently an Active Duty S.M. Student in Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working as a Lincoln Laboratory Military Fellow. Lt Thieu received a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering and a minor in Philosophy as a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy in 2020. Following the completion of his graduate studies, Lt Thieu will attend pilot training at Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB, TX.

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