Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
University of Central Florida Chapter

SEDS Mission Statement

SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects. SEDS believes in a space-faring civilization and that focusing the enthusiasm of young people is the key to our future in space.

SEDS-UCF group photo at SpaceVision 2017

Why Join?

SEDS can provide an organized pathway for you to begin space related projects and give you a chance to break away from the usual class work. You can also use SEDS as a stepping stone to a space-related career. Being actively involved in SEDS can put you in touch with many members of the space, technology, and education community and will allow you to develop the experience necessary to take leadership roles in your future career, whatever that may be. Become a SEDS member now.


Name Position Contact
Ben Straw President Email
Christian Sipe Vice President Email
Emma Shafer Secretary Email
Brendon Cavainolo Treasurer Email
Jack Schultz Director of Projects Email
Maddi Messmore Director of External Affairs Email
Name Position Contact
Makayla Peppin President Email
Jake Edwards Vice President Email
Sascha Kline Treasurer Email
Oscar Cruz Secretary Email
Zac Eller Director of Projects Email
Andrew Allen Director of External Affairs Email
Name Position Major Year Contact
Sumayya Abukhalil President Aerospace Engineering Senior Email
John "Ryan" Boehmer Vice President Aerospace Engineering Senior Email
Edward "Daniel" Nichols Treasurer Electrical Engineering Senior Email
Ryan Reedy Secretary Mechanical Engineering Senior Email
Emily D'Elia Director of Projects Aerospace Engineering Senior Email
Zachary Stein Director of External Affairs Aerospace Engineering Sophomore Email


Students for the Exploration and Development of Space was founded in 1980 at MIT and Princeton and consists of an international group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from a diverse range of educational backgrounds who are working to promote space as a whole. SEDS is a chapter based organization with chapters throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The permanent National Headquarters for SEDS-USA resides at MIT. Each chapter is fairly independent and coordinates activities and projects in its own area.