Fall 1999 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 1999 to students at the University
of Hawai`i at Manoa and Hilo, and Community Colleges. At Manoa and Hilo, the
awards were given for space-related research and provided a stipend of
$3000 per semester to each recipient. At the Community Colleges, Fellows received
stipends that depended on the scope of the projects.
University of Hawai'i at Manoa:
University of Hawai`i at Hilo:
- Mary Jean Sistoso, a senior in Electrical Engineering, will work on satellite transmit/receive modules. She will design, fabricate, and test two key components in her project, titled "High-Efficiency Amplifier and Oscillator." Serving as mentor for this project is Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Mary Jean's research on efficient components could lead to lower heat dissipation, weight, and cost of satellites.
- Robert Tomasetti, a senior in Zoology, will
carry on his research with mentor, Dr. Marlin Atkinson of the Department of Oceanography, on "Analyzing Reflective Spectra of Corals for Use in Remote Sensing." Robert's use of High Performance Liquid Chromatography on coral pigments has practical applications to mapping the distribution of species along reef zones with remote sensing data.
- Gregory Kodani, a senior in Electrical Engineering, is continuing his project to improve power and efficiency of millimeter-wave-frequency remote sensing systems. Gregory's project is titled, "Microelectromechanical System Components: Variable Capacitor Design Effectiveness and Reliability." His mentor is Dr. Jung-Chih Chiao of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Final Report
- Megaan Clark, a senior in Biology (Pre-Med), will continue her work with mentor, Dr. Max Vercruyssen of the Department of Medicine, on assessing the abilities of individuals to react quickly to environmental stimuli, especially as applied to fitness for astronaut duty. Megaan's project, titled "Elder Astronaut: Development of a Fitness for Duty Test Battery" relates a person's time perception, movement speed, coordination, and information processing skills to his or her fitness to pilot spacecraft.
- Kendall Ching, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will work with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering on optimizing the efficiency, while reducing the size, of microwave integrated circuits using photonic-bandgap technology. Kendall's project, "Multilayer Photonic Bandgap Integrated Circuits," may ultimately lead to better instrumentation for space communications and remote sensing.
- Leon Geschwind, a senior in Global Environmental Science, will continue working with mentor, Dr. Luke Flynn of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, using satellite thermal data to study volcanic activity on Earth. Leon's project, titled "Monitoring Real Time Volcanic Events" includes the remote monitoring of heat signatures of volcanoes, particularly Kilauea, as a predictive tool for eruptions. Leon will also conduct ground-truth tests on Kilauea. Final Report
- Wendi Maeda, a senior in Electrical Engineering, will research miniature optical devices in her project, titled "Optical Attenuators on a Single Chip." Working with mentor, Dr. Jung-Chih Chiao of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Wendi's work is relevant to the growing need for smaller and more efficient optical signal processing devices on satellites.
- Kevin Magnuson, a senior in Chemistry, will carry on his work on the synthesis and kinetic analysis of sodium aluminum hydride compounds in his project titled, "Hydrogen Storage for Spacecraft." Under the direction of mentor, Dr. Craig Jensen of the Department of Chemisry, Kevin's research is important to the development of new, on-board hydrogen storage systems to be used for spacecraft fuel. Final Report
- Jeff Chang, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will research the use of Microelectromechanical System impedance tuners to reduce the loss of power in the matching network for high-frequency applications. His project is titled "Miniature Impedance Tuner for High Frequency Transmitters." Under the direction of mentor, Dr. Jung-Chih Chiao of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Jeff's work has practical applications to the satellite industry.
Kapiolani Community College:
- Gail Ostrander, a senior in Geology, will study surficial soil moisture using visible and thermal data from the AVHRR satellite. Gail's project, titled, "Sensitivity analysis of the NDVI-Snapshot Method Applied Using AVHRR Data" will include three locations with different climates and hydrologic conditions. Mentor for this project is Dr. Jene Michaud of the Department of Geology.
- Tobias Hewitt, a senior in Geology, will research the mineralogy of lava tubes in an effort to assess the potential for using specific minerals to distinguish tubes from channels in remote sensing data of volcanic fields. Tobias' project, titled "Magnesioferrite Formation Within Lava Tubes" will be performed under mentor Dr. Ken Hon of the Department of Geology.
- Ogden Ingalls, a sophomore in Physics, will be working with mentor Dr. William Heacox of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on applying statistical models to a study of masses of halo dark objects. Ogden will aim to better understand dark matter-gravitational lensing in the Magellanic Cloud in a project titled "Microlensing."
Windward Community College:
- Eric Bott, a sophomore in History, will be working on a project to produce a movie of daily sunspot activity during a 3-month period using the 12" Schmitt-Cassigrain, Meade telescope at KCC. This study corresponds with the current Solar maximum - a time of maximum frequency of sunspot activity. Dr. John Rand of the Department of Math and Science is serving as mentor for Eric's project, titled "Daily Sunspot Observations."
- Michael Hall, a sophomore in Electrical Engineering, will be working with mentor, Dr. John Rand, KCC Pre-Engineering Program Director, on a project titled, "Construction of a Homemade CCD Camera." Michael will gain valuable experience with the design, fabrication, and testing of the mechanical and electrical systems of a CCD camera. His camera will ultimately be used on the Meade telescope at KCC.
- Kimberly Andersen, a junior in Geology, will be working with mentors, Dr. David Krupp of the Biology Department and Dr. Floyd McCoy of the Geology Department, on a study of sand, coral, and algae composition and distribution in Kaneohe Bay, O'ahu in relation to airborne remote sensing data. Kimberly will use GPS to record site locations. The title of her project is, "Determining the Correlations Between Hyperspectral Images and Substrate Type in Kaneohe Bay."
- Henry Skinner, a senior in Zoology, will be researching "Variations in Physiochemical Properties of He`eia Stream." Henry will monitor water quality from a variety of stations to analyze the effects of the marsh and mangrove swamp on the stream's temperature, chemistry, conductivity, salinity, turbidity, and suspended solids. GPS and GIS software will be used to map the data-collection stations. Dr. David Krupp, of the Biology Department, will serve as mentor.
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Fall 1999 Undergraduate Traineeship Program
The Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium awarded undergraduate traineeships in the Fall of 1999 to students at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The awards provided laboratory training and practical experience
in any space-related field of science, engineering or math. Trainees
received a stipend of $1,000 per semester.
University of Hawai`i at Manoa:
- Darren Goshi, a sophomore in Electrical Engineering, will be working in the field of telecommunications with mentor, Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Darren will receive training on the fabrication and measurement of a quasi-optical diode-grid modulator array.
- Evan Hajime, a senior in Chemistry, will gain practical experience in the synthesis of silicon and metal-enhanced silicon nanoparticles. These super crystals of semiconductor materials may have important applications in new, space-based electronics. Evan's mentor is Dr. David Harwell of the Department of Chemistry.
- Elaine Lampitoc, a senior in Geology, will work with mentor, Dr. Scott Rowland of the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology to learn geologic interpretation techniques using a variety of remote sensing images of the cinder cones on Mauna Kea.
- Georgiana Young, a junior in Geology, will gain practical skills in digital image processing and mapping under the guidance of mentor, Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark of the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Georgiana will use satellite images of Mars in her analyses.
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