Meet Our Team

CUA has a versatile cadre of engineering staff with a very broad range of experience accumulated over its 20+ year history, including spacecraft hardware flight qualification and delivery, and software productization and distribution. Due to its nimble small business structure and our multidisciplinary engineers, CUA is well-positioned for accelerated program efforts and the flexibility to address customers specialized requirements and rapid turnaround. Additionally, our close partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign allows us to engage with some of the finest engineering/scientific minds in the world to enable not just state-of-the-art solutions to difficult problems, but also visionary concepts.

Ryne Beeson, Senior Scientist at CU Aerospace
Ryne Beeson
Senior Scientist

Dr. Beeson is a Senior Scientist at CUA and has worked for the company since 2016. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2020.

Justin Camp, Staff Engineer at CU Aerospace
Justin Camp
Staff Engineer

Mr. Camp is a Staff Engineer at CUA and has worked for the company since 2018. He graduated from the Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 2020.

Noah Gilbert, Staff Engineer at CU Aerospace
Noah Gilbert
Staff Engineer

Mr. Gilbert is a Staff Engineer at CUA and has worked for the company since 2019. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2019. 

Pat Haddox, Staff Engineer at CU Aerospace
Pat Haddox
Staff Engineer

Mr. Haddox is a Staff Engineer at CUA and has worked for the company since 2014. He earned his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois in 2014.

John Halton-Berns, Staff Engineer at CU Aerospace
John Halton-Berns
Staff Engineer

Mr. Halton-Berns is a Staff Engineer at CUA and has worked for the company since 2020. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Physics in 2019.

 Neil Hejmanowski, Senior Engineer at CU Aerospace
Neil Hejmanowski
Senior Engineer

Mr. Hejmanowski is a Senior Engineer at CUA and has worked for the company since 2011. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2011.

Bindu Jagannatha, Staff Scientist at CU Aerospace
Bindu Jagannatha
Staff Scientist

Dr. Jagannatha is a Staff Scientist at CUA and has worked for the company since 2019. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2019.

Julia Laystrom-Woodard, Senior Engineer / Manager at CU Aerospace
Julia Laystrom-Woodard
Senior Engineer / Manager

Ms. Laystrom-Woodard is a Senior Engineer at CUA and has worked with the company since 2000. She earned her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois in 2004.

E. Collins Mehfoud, Quality Engineer at CU Aerospace
E. Collins Mehfoud
Quality Engineer

Mr. Mehfoud is a Quality Engineer at CUA since 2020. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.S. in Applied Economics in 2010; he also holds an A.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an A.S. in Natural and Physical Science from Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Magdalena Parta, Staff Engineer at CU Aerospace
Magdalena Parta
Staff Engineer

Ms. Parta is a Staff Engineer at CUA and has worked for the company since 2019. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2020.

Andrew Woodruff, Computer Technician at CU Aerospace
Andrew Woodruff
Computer Technician

Mr. A. Woodruff is a Computer Technician at CUA and has worked for the company since 2019. He is working on an Electrical and Computer Engineering B.S. degree from the University of Illinois.

Curtis Woodruff, Senior Engineer at CU Aerospace
Curtis Woodruff
Senior Engineer

Mr. C. Woodruff is a Senior Engineer at CUA and has worked for the company since 2011. He earned his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois in 2014.