Fall 2013 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2013 to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses. The Fall Symposium was held on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Kapiolani Community College. This was the Symposium Schedule (pdf).
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Eric Caldwell, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will be working with mentor Dr. Aaron Hanai of the Kapiolani Community College Math and Sciences Department and Fellow Lee Do on an autonomous rover. Eric's work will include the design and construction of the rover as well as electrical circuit modeling in his project, titled "Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing of a Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Simulation for the Modeling of an Autonomous Traction Control Apparatus."
- Lee Do, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, will be working with mentor Dr. Aaron Hanai of the Kapiolani Community College Math and Sciences Department and Fellow Eric Caldwell on an autonomous rover. Lee's project, "Design, Analysis, and Manufacture of an Active Control Panel with Vibration Suppression on an Autonomous Interplanetary Rover" will focus on reducing vibrations between the rover chassis and electronics board for optimal performance.
- Jessica Lee, a junior in Computer Science and Korean, will work on a project titled "Tools for Infrared Imaging on Mauna Kea" with mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute for Astronomy. Jessica's project combines programming and instrument building as part of an infrared remote sensing project on microclimates and permafrost in cinder cones near the summit of Mauna Kea. The Hawaiian sites may serve as terrestrial microclimate analogs for Mars.
- Jeffrey Murl, a freshman in Geology and Geophysics, will be studying one of the fundamental physical processes of the space environment on airless bodies: space weathering. Using pulsed laser shots on mineral powders mixed with sulfur, Jeffrey will study the spectral changes caused by these simulated space weathering conditions under vacuum conditions in the lab. The project, titled "Sulfur Composition Effects on Space Weathering" is particularly relevant to remote sensing studies of the surfaces of the Moon and Mercury. Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology serves as mentor.
- Heidi Needham, a senior in Global Environmental Science, will continue to use high-resolution orbital lunar images to map flows in the maria on the Moon in a project titled, "Investigation of Layered Lunar Mare Lava Flows through LROC Imagery and Terrestrial Analogs." Working with mentor Dr. Sarah Fagents of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Heidi is using her ArcGIS mapping skills combined with field work on layered Hawaiian basaltic lava flows that are terrestrial analogs. This work is related to previous Fellows' projects studying layered lava flows and characteristics of buried regolith deposits on the Moon.
- Liem Nguyen, a senior in Physics, will lead the mechanical design of a regolith collection, storage, and deposit system for the Kapiolani Community College's rover entry to NASA's international Lunabotics Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center. Liem will conduct his project titled, "Design of a Regolith Collection-Storage-Deposit System for Hawaii Lunabot" with mentor Dr. Hervé Collin of the Kapiolani Community College Math and Sciences Department.
- Melissa Onishi, a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering, will work on a project titled "Precision Landing System Design Algorithms" with mentor Dr. Dilmurat Azimov of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. With the aim of increasing the landing accuracy of robotic rovers on planetary surfaces, Melissa will be writing and testing algorithms to simulate landing trajectories for autonomous, powered descent that is as fuel-efficient and precise as possible.
- Brayden VanAckeren, a senior in Economics and Political Science, will continue working on his project titled, "Analysis of the Formation of Central Mounds within Martian Craters." With his mentor Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Brayden is collecting and analyzing details of the global distribution and sizes of Martian craters and their associated central mounds in relation to the geological history, to ultimately answer how and why central mounds form.
- Daniel Wukelic, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will work with mentor Dr. A. Zachary Trimble of the Department of Mechanical Engineering on the project titled "Feedback Control for Cold Gas Propulsion System." Expanding on the work of former Fellow John Furumo (2012-2013), Daniel will equip the system with a new microcontroller and inertial measurement unit, and develop code to allow the system to actively determine its attitude and control its maneuvers.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Andrew McNichols, a senior in Physics and Astronomy, will work with his mentor Dr. Jesse Goldman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy to assemble a detector of elementary subatomic particles and use it to measure the energy and angular dependence of cosmic-ray muons on the slopes of Mauna Kea. The title of his project is "Variable Altitude Muon Detection: Energy and Angular Dependence of Cosmic-Ray Muons."
- Robert Pipes, a senior in Physics and Astronomy, will set up and calibrate a muon detection system and use it to investigate the angular dependence of cosmic-ray muon lifetimes as a function of altitudes between sea level and the top of Mauna Kea. Working with mentor Dr. Jesse Goldman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Robert's project is titled "Variable Altitude Muon Detection and Angular Dependence of Cosmic Ray Muon Lifetime at Medium Altitude."
- Travis Reardon, a junior in Geology, will continue to work with mentor Dr. Jené Michaud of the Department of Geology on a project related to the grand challenges of mitigating natural hazards associated with global climate change, including rare and extreme events. Travis' project titled, "Application of LIDAR Topographical Data for Mapping of Climate-related Sea Level Rise," will incorporate remote sensing data to create coastal inundation maps for selected regions.
- Geoffrey Rehders, a senior in Geology, will work on a project titled "Hyperspectral Mapping of Alteration in Halemaumau Crater and Kilauea Caldera" using data from airborne and portable field instruments to characterize the spatial distribution of alteration minerals. Building on previous fellows' projects, this project is relevant to on-going work on the possible ways sulfates and associated alteration deposits formed on Mars. Serving as mentor for this work is Dr. Kenneth Hon of the Department of Geology.
Fall 2013 Undergraduate Traineeships
Kauai Community College:
- Bransen Agu and Matthew Kawamura, "Building and Designing a UV Spectrometer for Atmospheric Dynamic Analysis: Phase 1."
- Marcus Yamaguchi, "Study of Solar Neutron Events by Correlating e-Callisto Data with World Neutron Monitor Network."
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