John Jenkins, President
John is a Senior Repairs Technician formerly with AeroVironment Inc. in Simi Valley, CA., who accepted a position at AV’s Huntsville office supporting its’ UAS/TMS training and demonstration activities. Previous to AV, he spent 20 years as a US Navy Aviation Electronics Technician; working on communication, navigation, weapon, and mission systems on the P3C, EA-6B, F/A-18, and A-6 aircraft platforms. John’s abilities as a troubleshooter and experience in system design, modification and integration, has earned him numerous citations, along with being named a subject matter expert on many systems. His education is on-going, with a Mechanical Engineering Degree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville projected to be completed by Dec2020. His first of many LPR experiences was in 1975, with the building of a Big Bertha. After a 25-year hiatus, John and family returned to rocketry in 2012, joined HARA in 2015 and in 2016 flew to certify as a TRA L1; with L2 coming soon. He is excited to see what the coming year will bring, and hopes to provide others with as much knowledge as he gets from them.
Bill Cooke, Vice President
Bill is the Lead Scientist for NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. He has a BS in Physics and Astronomy from Valdosta State University and PhD in Astronomy from the University of Florida. His first rocket was a Centuri Javelin way back in 1968, and he has remained in the hobby throughout the decades. Even though he holds a level 1 HPR certification, Bill is predominately a low power rocketeer who delights in creating replicas of rockets from the old catalogs; he is also noted for being a “cluster fiend.” If one motor is cool, why not ignite 2? or 3… or 4…
Marc Loertscher, Secretary
Marc is Mechanical Engineer for the Aviation and Missile Research and Development Center. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University and MS in Industrial Engineering from Lamar University. He started building rockets at the age of 12 and started with his own designs at 15. He was a member of the winning USLI Team in 2009. He also enjoys tinkering with electronics especially if they can go on a rocket. Marc is married with three future rocketeers.
Duane Mayer, Treasurer
Duane is a New Product Introduction Engineer at Benchmark Electronics, taking new projects and getting them into manufacturing production. He got started in rocketry in the 1960’s, and recalls his first rocket was the Estes Scout which cost a whopping 70₵. Duane won the Estes “Design of the Month” in January 1983 for his hand generator launch controller. Duane left rocketry for a number of years, but made a big return in 2011 to mentor his daughter TARC team which placed 11th at the Nationals. Duane joined HARA in 2012 and holds a level 2 HPR certification.
Vince Huegele, NAR Advisor
Vince is a retired NASA aerospace test engineer at Marshall Space Flight Center. He started launching rockets in the fifth grade, and has been flying ever since. His education includes a BS in Physics and a MS in Engineering. Vince has been a member of HARA since 1984, serving in every role including club president for 10 years. He also proudly serves as Education Chair on the NAR Board of Directors. Vince likes building mid power scale rockets; his favorite being the V-2 rocket.
Art Woodling, TRA Prefect
Art is a Senior Systems Analyst at Teledyne Brown Engineering where he develops computational algorithms centered on the thermal phenomenology related to ballistic missile flight. He was previously a member of the Physics faculty at Murray State University where he taught Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Methods to Undergraduate and Graduate students. His education includes a BA, MS, and PhD in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. He got his start in rocketry as a young teenager in the mid 1960’s when he flew an Astron Scout with a 1/2A in his back yard. An extensive arsenal of kits and original designs soon followed. After a thirty five year hiatus, Art found his way back to the sport, this time extending his reach into the high power arena. He currently holds level 3 HPR certifications in both TRA and NAR.