Fall 2009 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2009 to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Michael Andonian, a senior in Mathematics will bring his mathematical skills to bear on the issues of control theory developed for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and how they can be applied to robots in space, specifically vehicles that will someday explore the oceans under the icy crust of Europa, Jupiter's moon. Michael will work on his project titled, "Guidance and Control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" with mentor Dr. Monique Chyba of the Department of Mathematics.
- Jason Axelson, a senior in Electrical Engineering will continue his work with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering on hardware and software issues for small satellites. With his project titled "Design of a CubeSat Payload Interface" Jason's goal is to create a modular interface to support CubeSat payloads in an effort to systematize development efforts and meet budget constraints. Final Report
- Yu Ming Cai, a senior in Mechanical Engineering will expand on a project he began as a Space Grant Trainee (Spring, 2009) on thermal modeling and analyses relevant to all small satellite projects. Yu Ming is using advanced simulation tools during his project titled "Analysis and Design of the Thermal Control Sub-System of LEO-1." Serving as mentor is Dr. Marcelo Kobayashi of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
- Samantha Jacob, a sophomore in Physics will work with mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute for Astronomy on a project titled "Are Martian Slope Streaks Triggered by Dust Devils?" Samantha will work with orbital remote sensing images and learn digital imaging processing techniques specifically to identify dust devil tracks and slope steaks, to document the timing of their appearance, and try to determine cause/effect relationships.
- Windell Jones is a senior in Mechanical Engineering with Space Grant Fellowship (2007-2008) and NASA Ames Robotics Academy (Summer 2008) experience. Windell will be working on attitude correction and determination for small satellites in a project titled, "The Design of Simple Attitude Control for a Cube Satellite." Serving as mentor is Dr. Amit Sanyal of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Final Report
- Christina King, a junior in Art, will continue working with mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute for Astronomy researching the characteristics and timing of the formation of dark streaks on slopes on the Martian surface. In her project titled, "Seasonality of Slope Streak Formation," Christina is using advanced processing and analysis techniques on geological remote sensing data to further test hypotheses of formation mechanisms, seasonal dependence, and localized streak activity. Final Report
- Scott Lee, a junior in Electrical Engineering plans to design, fabricate, and test a thermoelectric generator circuit for improved efficiency in storing and dissipating electricity. Scott's project titled, "Renewable Energy Using Thermoelectric Devices" has important applications for space components. Serving as mentor is Dr. Aaron Ohta of the Department of Electrical Engineering, himself a former Hawaii Space Grant Fellow (2002) and Trainee (2001). Final Report
- Bao Jun Lei, a senior in Electrical Engineering will work with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering on nanosatellite technology. With his project titled "Design of Electrical Power Subsystem using the CubeSat Stackable Interface" Bao will plan, create, and test a modular design that can be integrated within any type of CubeSat payload for optimum performance.
Space Grant Community College campuses are sponsoring engineering programs for students to design, build, and test CanSats. A CanSat is a scientific experiment package, the size of a soda can and commonly launched by weather balloon or small rocket, designed to retrieve photographic, temperature, pressure, and altitude data for near-Earth, low-atmosphere experiments. The CanSat students from the different campuses work together and participate in ARLISS Competitions (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites) in Nevada. Community college students have benefited from the mentorship of professors at Honolulu CC and Windward CC, and engineers from HECO and industry affiliates.
Kapiolani Community College:
- Kendra Dilcher is working with mentor Dr. John Rand, Space Grant Associate Director at Kapiolani Community College to develop mechanical structures, robust electronics, and software for the 2010 CanSat competition.
Windward Community College:
- Premitivo Ames II, Todd Esposito, Joleen Iwaniec, Patrick Lancaster, and Jasmine Maru are working with mentors Joe Ciotti, Jake Hudson, and Helen Rapozo, on "Holomua--The Way Forward: Continuing ARLISS Efforts." Their current efforts include redesign of the electronics subsystem to separate navigation/steering and parafoil deployment from data collection. A redesigned payload module will increase the CanSat's volume capcity and permit directional control throughout the initial free-fall phase. Parafoil and module prototype construction are complete.
Fall 2009 Undergraduate Traineeships
Maui Community College:
- Lauren Elder, Kevin Roy, and Norman Tong, are working on different aspects of a wide-scope project, "Astrometry and Photometry of Asteroids and Variable Stars - Planning, Scheduling, and Collecting Data Using Remotely Operated Telescopes in New Mexico and Australia." Serving as mentor is Dr. John Pye, professor of Astronomy and Oceanography, and Space Grant Associate Director at Maui Community College.
Summer 2009 Undergraduate Programs
Hawaii Space Grant supported two undergraduates, Daniel Hong [Final Report] and Jordan Olive [Final Report], to attend the NASA Ames Robotics Academy at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California from June 8 to August 14, 2009. Hawaii Space Grant supported Sophie Milam [Final Report] to attend the NASA Ames Academy for Space Exploration.
Hawaii Space Grant supported 11 summer interns from the Kauai Community College at local high-tech companies. Mark Guirao and Brycen Nakashima worked at Manu Kai Optics, LLC at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). Angel Hernandez and Ryan Parangao worked at Trex Hawaii, LLC at PMRF. Crystal Whitehill worked at ITT Corp. at PMRF, continuing her internship from Summer 2008. Eric Fune, Keelan Sakuda, Keonimana Shigematsu and Geoffrey Tran worked for the U.S. Navy Communications Dept. at PMRF. Harold Shimono worked at Oceanit Labs, Inc. Thad Fuji worked at Kauai Island Utility Cooperative.
Six undergraduates, Kelan Adachi, Taylor Alfiler, John Crescenzi, Kolby Javinar, Victor Rundbaken, and John Vento, completed Summer Fellowships at Kauai Community College with mentor Dr. Matthew Cochran.
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