His experience in New Mexico led Will to become the propulsion co-lead the following year. Now in charge of coordinating all propulsion projects, Will worked to refine and modify the motor. He kept his team motivated and worked towards reliability in testing.
In 2019, now his third year with the team, Will became VP Manufacturing for SOAR. He worked to revise designs and ensure their manufacturing feasibility. He also used his skills to manufacture the parts for his team.
During his third year with SOAR, Will was also working on his capstone; developing air-breathing hybrid rocket motors. Air-breathing rockets use incoming air as an oxidizer (in addition to oxidizer onboard); this method requires great speed (around mach 2), making it a complex design challenge. The goal of the capstone was to assess the feasibility of such a motor given design complexity and testing challenges. Unfortunately, due to the beginning of the pandemic, the project was cut short of completion. This capstone was under the supervision of Dr. Craig Johansen, the director of the AERO-CORE Group.
With 5 courses left to cover for his undergraduate degree, Will decided to extend his undergraduate by a full year to take over captaincy of SOAR and help lead the team to competition once again. During this year, he also worked as a research assistant for the AERO-CORE group. Through the pandemic, Will worked with Launch Canada and Spaceport America to find an ameteur rocketry competition for his team. Securing a tentative competition with Launch Canada, Will has now left the team.
Now with much experience with rocket motors and propulsion, Will returned to AERO-CORE as a Master’s Student with a focus on Advanced Propulsion. He hopes to continue pursuing his passions in Rocketry.