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.


Kate Freer, BFA Film and Computer Science

Kate is a truly inspirational graphic artist. As a projectionist for Imaginary Media, she crafts wondrous experiences combining technology with elements of theatrical stagecraft, installation art, design, and ingenuity. Her ability to transform a space with interactive installations is out of this world and inspires a sense of wonder in the universe.

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.

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

 Bryce Taylor, Prototype Specialist

Bryce is a member at MakeHaven, a maker-space in New Haven, CT and his primary expertise is in FDM and SLA 3D printing. His experience in 3D printing is critical to the sub-scale model production for the NASA Centennial Challenge.