Fall 2005 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2005 to students at the University of
Hawai`i at Manoa and Hilo. Traineeships were awarded to students at Manoa and
the Community Colleges.
University of Hawai'i at Manoa:
University of Hawai`i at Hilo:
- Justin Akagi, a senior in Electrical Engineering, is analyzing power budgets for energy production and consumption for small-satellite applications. Justin's project, titled "Power Generation and Distribution System Design for the LEONIDAS CubeSat Network" focuses on a low-Earth orbit nanosatellite cluster network, which is a joint venture of the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium and the UH College of Engineering. Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering serves as mentor. Final Report
- Matthew Bell, a senior in Anthropology, will continue his work with mentor Dr. Terry Hunt of the Department of Anthropology on remote sensing techniques applied to archaeology and historic preservation. Matthew's project, titled "Archaeology on Easter Island" emphasizes the use of QuickBird satellite imagery and GIS mapping techniques to document monumental ceremonial platforms on Rapa Nui. Matthew's work includes the development and field testing of a kite aerial photography rig. Final Report
- William Carrier, a sophomore in Physics, will continue experiments under the guidance of mentor, Dr. Ralf Kaiser of the Department of Chemistry, to characterize infrared spectra of germanium-carrying molecules in low temperature ices. His project titled, "Chemistry of Germane and Methane in the Atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn," will aid our understanding of the origin and evolution of the atmospheres of giant gas planets, and the data will be useful for future astronomical searches with infrared spectroscopy. Final Report
- David Gremminger, a senior in Geology & Geophysics, will continue to use images from Viking Orbiter and Mars Orbiter Camera to study the surface of Mars; in particular, the physical characteristics and rates of formation and fading of slope streaks. Mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer, of the Institute for Astronomy, supervises David's project, titled "Decadal Variability in Slope Streak Activity on Mars." Final Report
- Tyson Kikugawa, a junior in Electrical Engineering, is working on a project titled, "Systems Integration and Stabilization of a CubeSat" addressing the crucial aspects of overall configuration and stabilization of a satellite. This project is part of the larger UH Small-Satellite Program championed since 2001 by faculty and students in the UH College of Engineering. Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering will serve as mentor. Final Report
- Kin Wai Leung, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will work with mentor Dr. Beei-Huan Chao of the Department of Mechanical Engineering to study the burning and extinction of diffusion flames in space through analytical and numerical modeling. Kin Wai's project is titled "A Theoretical Investigation of the Kinetic and Radiative Extinction of Spherical Diffusion Flames in Microgravity."
- Brandon Merz, a senior in Physics, will work on instrumentation for ANITA (Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna), an experiment developed to search for ultra-high-energy neutrino interactions in the Antarctic ice cap using a cluster of balloon-borne antennas. Working under the guidance of mentor Dr. Gary Varner of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brandon will study the triggering system in his project titled, "Development of a Trigger Unit for Radio Frequency Optimization for Neutrino Detector in Antarctica."
- Shelly Migita, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will work with mentor, Dr. Marcelo Kobayashi of the Department of Mechanical Engineering on a project titled, "Effects of Low Reynolds Numbers on the Aerodynamics of Micro-Air Vehicles." Shelly's interests in aeronautics are well suited for her study of computational fluid dynamics models of different wing geometries to better understand the aerodynamics of small, unpiloted aerial vehicles.
- Carolyn Parcheta, a sophomore in Geology and Geophysics, will pursue her interests in planetary geophysics with a study of flow velocities and volume fluxes for lava flows on Olympus Mons, Mars. Using Mars Orbiter Camera data and THEMIS thermal remote sensing images, Carolyn will make use of digital image processing and analytical techniques in her project, titled "Estimating Effusion Rates for Olympus Mons, Mars." Dr. Sarah Fagents and Dr. Barbara Bruno, both of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, are serving as Carolyn's mentors.
- Gabriel Wofford, a senior in Global Environmental Science, will continue working with mentor Dr. Terry Hunt of the Department of Anthropology on a project titled, "Analysis of Satellite Imagery Documentation of Archeology on Rapa Nui." Using QuickBird satellite imagery, image analysis, GIS spatial mapping, and ground-truth fieldwork, Gabriel's project is helping to document prehistoric practices on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Final Report
- Walter (Eli) Bressert, a senior in Astronomy and Mathematics, will work with mentor Dr. Michael West of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on a project utilizing statistical models with Hubble Space Telescope data of globular clusters. Eli's project, titled "Reconstruction of the Evolution of Galaxies using the Extended-Press-Schechter Model with Globular Clusters" will provide quantitative constraints on the merger histories of individual galaxies.
- Sarah Knights, a senior in Astronomy, is continuing her project on star formation using Hubble Space Telescope data to analyze the number and dynamics of young binary star systems. Sarah's project, titled "Determining the Distribution of Young Binaries in the Orion Nebula Cluster" also includes observing time at the UH 88-inch telescope at Mauna Kea. Dr. Bo Reipurth of the Institute for Astronomy is serving as mentor for this research.
Fall 2005 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawai'i at Manoa:
- Tyler Tamashiro, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will work with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering on a project titled, "Intersatellite Communication Network for Picosatellite Clusters." Tyler will study various networking methods and applications for a cluster of picosatellites. This project is part of the larger UH Small-Satellite Program championed since 2001 by faculty and students in the UH College of Engineering.
- Robert Allen, Blake Inouye (both computer systems students at HCC), and Eric Lee (electrical engineering student at KCC, LCC) are working with mentor Dr. Vern Takebayashi of the Computer Electronics and Networking Technology Program at Honolulu Community College on CanSat. a scientific experiment package that fits into a soda can and works at low altitudes, commonly attached to a weather balloon. CanSats are being designed to retrieve photographic, temperature, pressure, and altitude data for near-Earth, low-atmosphere experiments.
Carlos Reyes (international business student at KCC) and Sae Yoon (civil engineering student at KCC) worked with mentor Dr. John Rand of the Mathematics and Science Department at Kapi'olani Community College on CanSat and attended the National CanSat Competition this past summer in Mudrock, California.
Damion Rosbrugh (science student at WCC) worked with mentor Dr. Jake Hudson of the Natural Sciences Department at Windward Community College on CanSat and also attended the National CanSat Competition.
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