Hyperloop at VCU Team at SpaceX competition in Hawthorne, California
Hyperloop at VCU Team at SpaceX competition in Hawthorne, California

Hyperloop at VCU: Meet the Dream Team

Get to know the leaders of the team that’s making VCU history! Click on each team member's name for more information.

Arthur Chadwick

Year: Rising junior
Major: Mechanical engineering
Team role: President, project manager
Hometown: Powhatan, Virginia
Hyperloop fun fact: Liked 3D printing so much that he also became the team’s 3D printing lead
Personal fun fact: Has always loved the design process and building great teams for projects
Brendan Fisher

Year: Rising junior
Major: Mechanical engineering
Team role: Vice president, mechanical co-lead
Hometown: Short Pump, Virginia
Hyperloop fun fact: Joined Hyperloop to apply classroom theories in a hands-on project
Personal fun fact: Is a Washington Capitals fan
Tyler Brayton

Year: Rising senior
Major: Mechanical engineering
Team role: Pod design lead
Hometown: Glen Allen, Virginia
Hyperloop fun fact: Has been working with five of the team members since he was 14 years old
Personal fun fact: Proud to be a “rabid Ohio State Buckeyes football fan”
Radha Kapadia

Year: Rising junior
Major: Marketing
Team role: Marketing lead
Hometown: Glen Allen, Virginia
Hyperloop fun fact: Everyone assumes she is an engineer
Personal fun fact: Loves to immerse herself in different cultures and so far has been to 26 countries
Samantha Kaputa

Year: Rising junior
Major: Criminal justice
Team role: Treasurer/Fundraising
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Hyperloop fun fact: Is part of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Hyperloop team
Personal fun fact: Owns a ball python
Jay Khandpur

Year: Rising senior
Major: Mechanical engineering
Team role: Mechanical team member 
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Hyperloop fun fact: Always calls Ralphie, the official Hyperloop mascot dog, “Fluffy”
Personal fun fact: Likes to create animations in his free time
Matthew Kozak

Year: Rising junior
Major: Computer engineering
Team role: Controls co-lead (hardware)
Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia
Hyperloop fun fact: The license plate on his car reads "VCU LOOP"
Personal fun fact: Helps film and edit the award-winning Chalkboard Sessions, which presents mini-concerts at the university’s WVCW radio station.
John Naylor

Year: Rising junior
Major: Computer science
Team role: Controls co-lead (software)
Hometown: Winchester, Virginia
Hyperloop fact: This is his first experience with embedded systems programming
Personal fact: Loves traveling to different universities for hackathons; also does calligraphy in his spare time
Harrison Powers

Year: Rising junior
Major: Accounting
Team role: Fundraising lead
Hometown: Powhatan, Virginia
Hyperloop fun fact: Is already planning the fundraising campaign for next year
Personal fun fact: Until recently, was the sole delivery driver for Powhatan’s Pizza Hut
Partick Welch

Year: Rising senior
Major: Mechanical engineering
Team role: Mechanical co-lead
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Hyperloop fun fact: Team calls him “Dad”
Personal fun fact: Has one child and another on the way