Fall 2011 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2011 to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo. Traineeships were awarded to students at Manoa and Windward Community College.
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Justin Bergonio, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, will use NASA orbital images of different resolutions spanning more than 30 years to study the surface of Mars; in particular, the rates of formation and fading of slope streaks. Justin's project titled, "The Lifetime and Abundance of Slope Streaks on Mars," follows a long line of fellowship projects on slope streaks with mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute for Astronomy.
- Emily Chang, a senior in Global Environmental Science, is working under the direction of mentor Dr. Eric Gaidos of the Department of Geology and Geophysics on a project on extra-solar planets. Emily is working with data from the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) program, the Faulkes telescope on Haleakala, and NASA's Kepler mission on her project titled, "Prediction of SuperWASP Stars with Detectable Transits using Kepler Data."
- Brian James, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, will develop new imagery sets from NASA data and interactive educational presentations for display on digital video globes. Working with mentor Dr. Sarah Sherman of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Brian's project is titled, "Bringing Mercury and the Moon to You Live and in 3-D: An Innovative and Engaging Multimedia Spherical Projection Using Data from Current NASA Missions."
- Reina Ojiri, a junior in Mathematics, will work with mentor Dr. Monique Chyba of the Department of Mathematics on a project titled "Designing Space Craft Missions to NEOs." Reina's work will emphasize spatial-mechanics algorithms to create computer simulations of the optimal trajectories of Near-Earth Objects for encounter by spacecraft.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Liliana DeSmither, a junior in Geology, will be working on an Earth analog study for silica-rich deposits and soils found on Mars by the Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit. Working with mentor, Dr. Ken Hon of the Geology Department, Liliana will study the occurrence, mineralogy, and modes of formation of selected samples collected on the island of Hawaii in her project titled, "Mineralogical Study of Volcanic Sublimates from Halemaumau Crater, Kilauea Volcano."
Fall 2011 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Elyse Iseke, a sophomore in Food Science and Human Nutrition, will use Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter data from NASA's current Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to study one of the most important planetary surface features: Impact craters. With mentor Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Elyse will measure crater dimensions to distinguish fresh craters from degraded craters and floor-fractured craters that were modified by igneous activity.
Windward Community College:
- Todd Esposito, Patrick Lancaster, Jasmine Maru, and Kristi Ross, participated in the ARLISS competition under the guidance of mentors Dr. Joe Ciotti and Dr. Jake Hudson from WCC, and Helen Rapozo from Honolulu CC.
Fall 2011 Intern
- Kale Nakata, a senior in Electrical Engineering at U. H. Manoa, was a part-time Hawaii Space Grant Intern at NovaSol in Honolulu. Final Report
Summer 2011 Internships
- Robert Albarran, a senior in Astronomy and Physics and U. H. Hilo was a NASA Goddard--Space Grant summer intern. "A Cross-Examination of Saturnian Kilometric Radiation Emission Observed by Cassini and Ulysses"
- Michael Andonian, a Master's student in Mathematics at U. H. Manoa was a Jet Propulsion Laboratory--Space Grant summer intern. "Simulations and GUIs: A New Look to Radio Science" Final Report
- James Bishop, a junior in Geology and Geophysics at U. H. Manoa was a full-time summer Hawaii Space Grant Intern at NovaSol in Honolulu.
"Defense Applications in Hyperspectral Remote Sensing" Final Report
- Adria Fung, a freshman heading to Boston was a NASA Ames Robotics Academy--Space Grant summer intern. "Lunar Micro Rover Camera System Development" Final Report
- John Furumo, a senior in Mechanical Engineering at U. H. Manoa was a NASA Marshall Academy--Space Grant summer intern. "Structural Optimization of Space Systems Using Genetic Algorithms" Final Report
- Amber Imai, a senior in Electrical Engineering at U. H. Manoa was a full-time summer Hawaii Space Grant Intern at NovaSol in Honolulu.
"Optical Communications at NovaSol" Final Report
- Arlen Kam, a Master's student in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University was a NASA Ames Academy--Space Grant summer intern. "LADEE Decommissioning Impact Dispersion Analysis" Final Report
- Carissa Nakao, an incoming freshman in Mechanical Engineering at U. H. Manoa was a NASA Ames Robotics Academy--Space Grant summer intern. "Lunar Micro Rover Project" Final Report
- Kevin Shin, a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering at U. H. Manoa was a summer Hawaii Space Grant Intern at NovaSol in Honolulu. "Internship at NovaSol: Optical Communications" Final Report
Additional Summer Internships:
- Four Kauai Community College interns were funded for the 2011 Hawaii Space Grant Summer Internship Program. Kolby Javinar, Jacob Matutino, and Joshua Ponting worked at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. Crystal Whitehill worked at General Dynamics.
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