Our Team

Design Build Fly is a student-run organization at SDSU. Learn more about our team here!

Daniel O’Haire

Project Manager

Hey, my name is Daniel, and I’m a senior, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. I joined DBF because I wanted to combine what I have learned with my hobby and get involved with others with the same passion. I am the former Propulsions Team Lead and I am now the Project Manager. and I couldn’t be happier with my team, what they have done, and what is to come!

Sara Brandt

Co-Project Manager

Hey everyone! I’m Sara, and it’s my last year at SDSU studying Aerospace Engineering. I love learning about aircraft and how they fly, so once I joined DBF I quickly became dedicated and it has been my favorite part of college! Our team is committed to working together and teaching everyone along the way, starting from the very basics of understanding flight and design, to assembling an RC airplane and flying it. DBF is the perfect way to learn about aircraft, make great friends, apply engineering knowledge to hands-on skills, and become more involved at SDSU. There’s plenty of good, fun work to go around. Please do not hesitate to reach out, we look forward to hearing from you and welcome you to come join our team! 

Andy Hernandez

Chief Engineer

Hello, my name is Andy, I’m currently going into my final year of Aerospace Engineering with this being my second semester with Design Build Fly. I’ll be serving as the Chief Engineer of DBF for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 school year. I joined DBF because I wanted to get more involved with clubs here at SDSU, especially being a transfer student from community colleges. What better club to join as an Aerospace Major than a club where we design and build RC planes. By joining DBF it’s given myself and fellow club members a deeper understanding of aircraft and allowed us to gain valuable experience that’ll help us stand out while looking for internships or careers. I look forward to serving this year as DBF Chief Engineer and hope that we can make the most out of it even with the current circumstance. Hope to see you here!!!   

Brendan Lamiro

Treasurer & Co-Structures Lead

Hey everybody! My name’s Brendan, and I’m starting my last year in SDSU’s aerospace engineering program. I’ve been passionate about airplanes for as long as I can remember, and have always been fascinated by the efforts it takes to bring an airplane off the ground. I strive to bring optimism to everything I do, and this has especially been true with my time with DBF. While I was rather inexperienced when I first began attending meetings, I soon felt right at home surrounded by like-minded, hard-working students. I have had the opportunity to learn practical skills including soldering, carbon fiber layups, and RC avionics programming. I’ve been grateful for all of the knowledgeable and driven individuals I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know through this club, and I’m excited to see what our team will accomplish together this year!

Kendall Dizon

Co-Structures Lead

Hi, my name is Kendall Dizon and I am a senior majoring in aerospace engineering. I am currently the co-structures lead with Brendan, and this is my second year involved with the DBF. I joined DBF in 2019 with the interest of building an airplane, but the club offered more than that. This organization has given me more opportunities to pursue the aerospace field while meeting some great people within it. I enjoy the atmosphere of other students with similar majors as we all struggle and succeed with the goal of becoming engineers. 

Zachary Cohn

Aerodynamics and Stability Lead

Hi! My name is Zach and I am a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering.  I joined DBF last year to improve my skills as an engineer through hands on experience, and to meet other aerospace engineers with the same goals.  I was formerly on the banner mechanism design team for the 2019-2020 competition, and am now the Aerodynamics and Stability Design Lead for this year’s competition!  I am also the owner of our team mascot, Sherlock.

Roberto Marquez

Propulsions Lead

Hey everyone! I’m Roberto Marquez and I’m the propulsions lead for DBF.  I am a second-year here at SDSU and like my fellow officers, I am pursuing a career in aerospace engineering.  I joined DBF my freshman year looking to get practical experience and to be more involved in aerospace here at SDSU, but my expectations were far exceeded.  The club has provided me with nothing but wonderful experiences.  The work is engaging and the project as a whole is something to look forward to every year.  I have high hopes for the future and look forward to what we will accomplish as a team. 

Jeremy Johnson

CAD Lead

Hello! My name is Jeremy Johnson, and I am a second-year student studying Aerospace Engineering here at SDSU. This is also my second year in SDSU Design Build Fly, in which I am currently the CAD Lead. I joined DBF within the first couple months of my freshman year because I was eager to learn more about the field of Aerospace and to become involved, so a team dedicated to RC Aircraft competitions seemed like a perfect fit. Overall, my time as a member of SDSU DBF and the CAD Lead has been a very great experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we all can accomplish!

Sherlock Cohn

Team Mascot

Hey, my name is Sherlock, I am a cat pursuing an honorary major in Aerospace Engineering, as well as the red dot.  I joined DBF with my owner and Aerodynamics and Stability Design Lead, Zach Cohn.  I don’t know much about engineering, but I do enjoy treats, scritches, belly rubs, and catnip.


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