Fall 2012 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2012 to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses. The Fall Symposium was took place on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Windward Community College's Hokulani Imaginarium. [Symposium Schedule (pdf)].
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Justin Bergonio, a junior in Physics, having completed two semesters on a planetary geology fellowship, will embark on a new astronomy project on near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Working with mentor Dr. David Tholen of the Institute for Astronomy, Justin will utilize data from the Faulkes Telescope North on Haleakala in his project titled, "NEA Tracking and Assistance in Orbit Determination."
- Kyle Berney, a senior in Computer Science and Mathematics, will continue his development of C and CUDA C code aimed at implementing a high-performance parallel-computing algorithm for calculating lunar surface temperatures. Kyle's project, "Lunar Temperature Calculations on a GPU," uses a programmable Graphics Processing Unit under the direction of mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute for Astronomy.
- James Bynes III, a junior in Electrical Engineering with previous experience on the KCC CanSat team, will work on a team project titled, "Acceleration and Thrust of an Asymmetric Capacitor in a Microgravity Enviornment" with mentor Dr. Hervé Collin of the Department of Math and Science, Kapiolani Community College. James is responsible for system construction and integration of this experimental lifter, which they are testing as a potential space transportation method.
- Kenneth Dobbs, a junior in Political Science, will continue to work with mentor Dr. Peter Englert of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on a project titled, "Improvements on Planetary Gamma Ray Spectrometry." Kenneth is compiling and evaluating gamma-ray data available from experimental simulations to learn how spectrum-line interferences from unwanted background components can be removed from the signal to ultimately improve elemental concentration maps of targeted planetary surfaces.
- John Furumo, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, having completed two fellowship semesters studying spacecraft thermal control, will turn his attention to the design, fabrication, and testing of a cold-gas propulsion system for small satellites. With his mentor Dr. A. Zachary Trimble of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, John will work on a project titled, "Cold-gas Propulsion for Small Satellite Attitude Control, Station Keeping, and De-orbit." John has previous experience on UH nanosatellite teams and completed a Summer 2011 NASA Marshall Academy-Hawaii Space Grant internship.
- Evan Greer, a senior in Mechanical Engineering with work with mentor Dr. Marcelo Kobayashi of the Department of Mechanical Engineering on a project focused on the optimization of wind energy systems. Evan will use computational fluid dynamics to investigate the flow around a wind turbine in his project titled, "Meteorologically Driven Simulation of an Adaptive Wind Turbine."
- Elyse Iseke, a junior in Food Science/Human Nutrition, will continue measuring crater dimensions to better understand crater origins and modification processes with mentor, Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. In her project titled, "Comparing Crater Formations on the Moon and Mercury," Elyse is expanding her work to the planet Mercury with MESSENGER data.
- Lisa Kotowski, a junior in Physics will work on a team project titled, "Acceleration and Thrust of an Asymmetric Capacitor in a Microgravity Enviornment" with mentor Mr. Herve Collin of the Department of Math and Science, Kapiolani Community College. Lisa is responsible for predicting system performance, and the data and error analysis of this experimental lifter, which they are testing as a potential space transportation method.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Jordan Bledsoe, a sophomore in Physics and Astronomy, will be studying how variations in the abundances of the interstellar medium and the initial mass function (IMF) could modulate star formation rates (SFRs). Jordan will use existing data and data she will collect with the UH 2.2m telescope on Mauna Kea under the mentorship of Dr. Marianne Takamiya of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The project title is "Studying the Effects of IMF and Metallicity on the SFRs of Star-forming Regions with Unusually Low Balmer Decrements."
Fall 2012 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Brayden VanAckeren, a junior in Economics and Political Science, will continuing working on his project titled, "Topographic Analysis of Martian Landforms" with mentor Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Using images and elevation models from NASA mission data, Brayden is constructing and interpreting topographic profiles, geomorphic maps, and perspective views of Martian craters
Kauai Community College:
- Kolby Javinar and Jacob Matutino assembled a spectrometer in their project titled, "The E-Callisto Project," which is part of a larger system of solar radio spectrometers that will be used to observe solar flares.
Windward Community College:
- Kristen Barsoumian, Ada Garcia, Lyra Handcock, Warren Mamizuka, and Kristi Ross participated in NASA's "A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites" (ARLISS) and "University Student Launch Initiative" (USLI) competitions. Mentors are Drs. Jacob Hudson and Joe Ciotti of Windward Community College and Mr. Helen Rapozo from Honolulu Community College.
Summer 2012 Internships
- Taylor Alfiler was a Kauai summer intern at General Dynamics working on a project titled, "IP Fragmented Packet Reassembly."
- Ken Oyadomari was a NASA Ames--Hawaii Space Grant summer intern in Mountain View, California on a project titled, "PhoneSat: Using Consumer Electronics in Space."
- Daniel Wukelic, a senior in Mechanical Engineering at U.H. Manoa, was a NASA Ames--Aeronautics Academy--Hawaii Space Grant summer intern in Mountain View, California. He was involved in a project titled, "Designing Two Short-Haul Civil Tiltrotors." Daniel also completed a Spring 2012 Fellowship project with mentors from the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory.
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