Fall 2003 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2003 to students at the University of
Hawai`i at Manoa and Hilo.
University of Hawai'i at Manoa:
University of Hawai`i at Hilo:
- Blaine Murakami, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will work with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering on satellite-to-satellite communication techniques. Blaine's project, titled "Retrodirective Antenna Array Design for CubeSat Applications and CubeSat Program Management" will emphasize simulation and design of the experimental antenna arrays that serve as the satellite payload. In addition to his technical responsibilities, Blaine serves as Program Engineer leading the 30+ students on the UH CubeSat/NanoSat Program.
- Jennifer Olson, a senior in Geology and Geophysics, will use remote sensing data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) currently orbiting Earth to study active volcanoes. Jennifer's project, titled "Monitoring Persistent Lava Lakes from Space," is being conducted under mentors Dr. Luke Flynn and Dr. Andy Harris of the Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Jennifer's work will contribute to our understanding of the mass flux of lava lakes on Mount Erebus, Antarctica and Erta 'Ale, Ethiopia.
- Lance Yoneshige, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, will work on structural dynamics, vibration, and thermal stress analyses with mentor Dr. Mehrdad Ghasemi Nejhad of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Lance's project, "Design, Analysis, Manufacture, and Test of the Structural Housing of the University of Hawai`i NanoSat," is part of a larger research program involving Electrical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering students and mentors. As leader of the Mechanical Structures and Analysis team, Lance will help design the NanoSat structure with space qualified materials.
- Steven Clegg, a senior in Geology, will continue his field testing of the FLYSPEC instrument in measuring atmospheric sulfur dioxide emissions at Kilauea volcano. Steven's project, titled "Ground-truth Measurements of Volcanic SO2 Using the New UV Correlation Spectrometer FLYSPEC" has practical applications as an on-site tool for locating sources of volcanic emissions, mapping SO2 concentration levels from volcanic plumes, and as a correlation tool for remote sensing systems. Dr. Keith Horton of the Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology serves as mentor for this research. Final Report
Fall 2003 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawai'i at Hilo:
- Jennale Peacock, a senior in Astronomy, will work with mentor Dr. Keith Horton of the Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology to learn the field use of the FLYSPEC instrument and how its measurements relate to remote sensing data. Jennale's traineeship will help her gain experience in electronics, optics, chemistry, and volcanology as she uses the FLYSPEC instrument to collect vent emission data in Volcanoes National Park.
Honolulu Community College:
- Robert Fleming, a sophomore in Aeronautics, will work with mentor Dr. Robert Takamine of the Aeronautics Department on a traineeship project titled "Pattern Damage Analysis of Thermal Protective System." Robert's project will focus on case studies of the thermal protective tiles on space shuttles STS-86 through STS-106 to ultimately determine damage patterns.
Kapiolani Community College:
- Jon Samaniego, a freshman in Radiology, will gain practical experience in cardiovascular research during his traineeship project titled "The Effect of Gravitationally Induced Stress on Cardiovascular Variability." Jon is interested in the heart's response to stress when the body changes positions. Dr. John Rand of the Mathematics and Science Department will serve as mentor on this project.This study has implications for astronaut health during long-term microgravity exposure.
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