Dave Pignatelli

CubeSat Staff

Dave Pignatelli graduated from Cal Poly with an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering in Fall 2014. During his time as an undergraduate and graduate student at Cal Poly, he supplemented his academic experience by supporting the Cal Poly CubeSat Lab (CPCL) in integrating and launching CubeSat payloads on a number of different launch vehicles. Upon graduating with his degree, he elected to stay on as CPCL Staff full-time. Since then, he has assumed both technical engineering roles as well as project management roles for a variety of projects, including spacecraft missions and technical research projects. Additionally, he has participated in outreach efforts, including presenting research and design results at conferences both in the United States and abroad. His aspirations include continuing to develop his skills alongside helping students gain practical knowledge of the spacecraft design and launch processes, with the hopes that these contributions will develop the workforce as a whole in the space industry.