The Team

Chris Colangelo, PE

Chris is a licensed civil engineer and the President of Sequoia Services, LLC. His company provides solutions for complex heavy construction with expertise in site preparation, groundwater control, structural support, and earth retention. Chris is a visionary business leader, loving husband, and soon to be father.

Jason Monnes, ME

Jason is a Material Science Engineer working in the aerospace and defense industry. He carries with him enthusiasm and enough energy to power a Martian habitat! His analytical skills are unparalleled and his field testing experience reinforces his ability to anticipate engineering challenges.

Brian Young, Visual Artist and Animator

Words can’t describe Brian’s conviction to his craft. A true modern artist, mouse clicks and key strokes are his pencil and paper. Not only can he bring visualization to life, but he can generate views previously unseen.  Check out his work at Artstation,   or contact him at

Nicholas McGhee, ME

Nick is a Mechanical Designer with an appetite for exploration. He brings to the team an extensive background in aerospace manufacturing and mechanical design. He has learned the art of composite manufacturing as a lead mechanical engineer, and his work as a systems engineer has provided hands on MEP experience. His passion is a catalyst for creation and he is compelled to drive technology and the human experience.

Pallavi Pandit Patil, ME, HVAC expert, Researcher

Senior planning and designing Mechanical Engineer with expertise in HVAC, Plumbing, Revit, AutoCAD, and certification of Air Master+, awarded for best research paper; Pallavi is a promising Mechanical and Aerospace engineer with high-school background in electronics engineering. Worked for Dept. of Energy (DOE), sustainable and energy efficient system designing (MEP). Inspired by our great astronaut Dr. Kalpana Chawla, Pallavi is passionate about her contribution towards the aerospace industry.

Chris Robinson, Welding Technologist

Chris is a seasoned manufacturer specializing in laser welding and fabrication. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with disk, NDYAG, and fiber lasers. As a navy vet having spent months undersea, he brings a unique perspective to the mission requirements.

Bianca L. Ruthven, MA Arts Management

Bianca is a Collections Management Associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chatham University and a Master of Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Arts Management. Bianca is handling both creative and managerial roles with Mars Inc. media outlets, such as our Facebook group @InhabitMars and Instagram