Liquid Rocketry Lab (LRL), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit company, with a team of more than 150 NC State University students. We are a liquid propulsion and launch vehicle systems research team. As one of North Carolina’s first liquid propulsion laboratories we are racing to build the world’s first collegiate liquid powered rocket to reach the Karman line: the designated edge of space. Alongside this goal, we hope to design and put together a test stand, the second of it’s kind in this country. Finally, in doing so we hope to build a sustainable propulsion program here at NC State.

Our five sub teams span the majors across campus from every branch of Engineering to business. LRL is poised for growth with a network of investors and mentors. Think of us as the extra nudge to propel NC back on top of the aerospace industry.

As an organization we believe humankind’s future is in space exploration and would like to contribute to that eventuality. Each member of LRL brings a level of expertise, experience, and diversity of knowledge invaluable to such an ambitious endeavor. Our long term plan is to build an Engineering Center of Excellence based on the Caltech-JPL model which was started in much the same way. The project provides students with the interdisciplinary first hand experience that can only be found on projects of this scale. We are always looking for passionate new members with a willingness to learn.


We are one of the first student organizations in the country set out on our goal to be the first amateur team to launch a liquid propulsion rocket designed to reach the Karman line 100km above sea level.


The LRL Engine Test Stand is a test fixture that allows us to perform full-duration and full-thrust static fires of rocket engines that we develop. This system is fully automated and allows us to safely test and characterize our engines in a consistent environment with the capability of large amounts of data collection. Our test stand is currently the highest capacity mobile engine test stand in development.


Matthew Simpson CEO

Matthew Simpson

Chief Executive Officer
Alexander Allen Chief Engineer

Alexander Allen

Chief Executive Engineer
Mark Funderburk Chief Safety officer and Testing lead

Mark Funderburk

Chief Safety Officer
Nazar Rush Lead of Propulsion

Nazar Rush

Propulsion Lead
Kavin Govindarajan CFO

Kavin Govindarajan

Chief Financial Officer
Ben Black Structures Lead

Ben Black

Structures Lead
Cade Cuddy Programming Lead

Cade Cuddy

Programming Lead


Josh Mithcell Structures Alumnus

Josh Mitchell

Former Structures Lead
Dario Muller Avionics Alumnus

Dario Muller

Former Avionics Lead
Hassan Polani Technical Advisor

Hassan Polani

Former Propulsion Lead
John Slugg Structures Alumnus

John Slugg

Former Structures Lead
Abe Weinstein CEO

Abe Weinstein

Former CEO
Niall Mullane Lead of Programming

Niall Mullane

Former Programming Lead
Joey Bream Lead of Programming

Joey Bream

Former Programming Lead


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