Kenneth Ricks & the Alabama Astrobotics Team, Awardees 2016 Rising Star Award

Meet The Team

The Alabama Astrobotics Team,

Awardees of Our 2106 Rising Star Award

We are Alabama Astrobotics, a robotics team at The University of Alabama that competes each year in NASA's Robotic Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral and NASA's Sample Return Robotics Centennial Challenge at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. We also participate in outreach efforts with the university and in the Tuscaloosa area to encourage young students to pursue STEM careers.

2016 Team Members:


Kenneth Ricks
Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor: Electrical and Computer Engineering



Jordan Anderson
Freshman
1st year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Mechanical

​ Katie Armstrong
Junior
1st semester on Alabama Astrobotics
​Subsystems: Mechanical, Electrical

​Richard Belleville
Senior
2nd year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Autonomy

​Adam Benabbou
Freshman
1st year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Module, Base

Kathleen Castellanos
Sophomore
2nd Year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Base, Module

​Matthew Culver
Sophomore
1st year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Social Media, Autonomy
Aerospace Engineer double majoring in History

​Rebecca Dietz
Sophomore
1st Year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Module, Base

​Tyler Gester
Junior
2nd year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Mechanical, Autonomy

​Samuel Griffin
Senior
4th year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Autonomy

​Trey Harrison
​Senior
2nd Year on Alabama Astrobotics
​Subsystems: Autonomy

​​Charles Haynes
Senior
2.5 Years on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Electrical

​Christina Hughes
Super Senior
2nd Year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Electrical, Base, Module

Gordon "Bracken" Jones
Freshman
1st year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Mechanical, Electrical

​William Khan
Junior
1st year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Electrical

​Joseph Mosset
Freshman
1st year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Mechanical

Alex Pitttman
Freshman
1st year on Astrobotics
Subsystems: Mechanical

​RJ Porter
Junior
2nd year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Mechanical

​Huston Rogers
Senior, University Scholar
1st year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Autonomy, Electrical

​Jed Rutherford
Junior
2nd year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Electrical

​Sean Stephens
Sophomore
1st year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Autonomy, Mechanical

​Alexander Wilson
Freshman
1st year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Mechanical, Autonomy

Andrew Zeller
Junior
3rd year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Mechanical

​Tyler Zell
Junior
2nd year on Alabama Astrobotics
Subsystems: Mechanical


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