Spring 2006 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Spring of 2006 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:
LEONIDAS Small Satellite Project Fellows:
- Vann Bennett, a junior in Mathematics, will work with mentor Dr. Monique Chyba of the Department of Mathematics on a project titled "Planning of Keplerian Orbits: Application to Periodic Trajectories." Vann's work will emphasize the application of geometric optimal control theory to analyze planar orbit transfers for satellites or spacecraft involving minimal flight time. Final Report
- William Carrier, a senior in Physics, will focus his attention on the formation mechanism of a super greenhouse gas. Continuing a collaboration with mentor Dr. Ralf Kaiser of the Department of Chemistry, William's new laboratory research will address the recombination of radicals from irradiated gas samples of SF6 and CF4 on low-temperature icy aerosol particles in his project titled, "Mechanistical Studies on the Formation of SF5CF3." Final Report
- Dylan Ichikawa, a senior in Electrical Engineering, will work on satellite-to-ground communications with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Dylan will be responsible for the design and construction of a UHF ground station at UH Manoa to support direct uplink and downlink to the UH CubeSat, set for launch in 2006, and other satellites. Dylan's project is titled "A Collaborative, Networked Ground Station for CubeSat Tracking and Communication."
- Kin Wai Leung, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will continue working 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." Final Report
- Mary Liang, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will be involved with a project whose goals of detecting life in extreme environments are in support of astrobiology research. In this project titled "Intelligent Sensor Networks for Extreme Environments" Mary's responsibilities center on the circuit design of small electromechanical sensors which will be used to measure biomarkers. Dr. Kim Binsted of the Department of Information and Computer Sciences serves as mentor. Final Report
- Shelly Migita, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will continue her 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. Final Report
- Carolyn Parcheta, a sophomore in Geology and Geophysics, will continue to study flow velocities and volume fluxes for lava flows on Olympus Mons, Mars. Carolyn is using digital image processing and analytical techniques with Mars Orbiter Camera data and THEMIS thermal data 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 mentors. Final Report
- Lisa Tatsumi, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, will work with mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute of Astronomy on a project titled, "Temporal Changes in Martian Slope Streaks." Lisa will investigate the rates of formation and fading of slope streaks as well as the physical characteristics of newly formed steaks based on Viking Orbiter images and new high-resolution images from the Mars Orbiter Camera.
- Monte Watanabe, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will be involved in the design and fabrication of the antenna necessary for satellite-to-Earth communications for CubeSats as well as inter-satellite communications. Monte's project titled, "Planar Antennas for CubeSat Applications" 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 serves as project mentor.
- Faye Yuen, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will be involved with a project with overall goals of detecting life in extreme environments in support of astrobiology research, under the mentorship of Dr. Kim Binsted of the Department of Information and Computer Sciences. Faye will work on hardware and power requirements for a network of small electromechanical sensors designed to measure biomarkers in a project titled, "Intelligent Sensor Networks for Extreme Environments." Final Report
- Dennis Dugay, U.H. Manoa
- Aukai Kent, U.H. Manoa
- Zachary Lee-Ho, U.H. Manoa
- Matthew Patterson, U.H. Manoa
- Final Report
University of Hawai`i at Hilo:
- Walter (Eli) Bressert, a senior in Astronomy and Mathematics, will continue working 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. Final Report
- Robert Knight, a senior in Astronomy and Mathematics, will work with mentor Dr. Albert Conrad of the W. M. Keck Observatory on a project titled, "Improving the Deconvolution Method for Asteroid Images." Working with images of asteroids taken with Keck II cameras and image processing software, Robert's work will help to improve the digital image quality for better analysis of the physical and chromatic structure of asteroids. Final Report
- Sarah Knights, a senior in Astronomy, will continue a collaboration with mentor Dr. Bo Reipurth of the Institute for Astronomy on a new project titled, "The Variability of Pre-Main Sequence Stars in Lambda Orionis." Using the new Variable Young Stellar Objects Survey (VYSOS) telescope at Mauna Loa Observatory, Sarah's research will enable improved understanding of evolution and variability of star forming regions.
- Luke Linhoff, a junior in Biology, will work with mentor Dr. Jason Turner of the Department of Marine Science to investigate the growth and survival of shrimp in small closed ecosystems and to determine how laboratory results can be applied to experimental life support systems in space. The title of Luke's project is "Analysis of Halocaridina rubra in an Endogenously Controlled Closed Ecosystem."
- Robert C. Allen, Honolulu Community College.
- Doyle Brooks, Windward Community College.
- Justin J. Carland, Kapiolani Community College.
- Melodee Ann K. Ferreira, Honolulu Community College.
- Blake T. Inouye, Honolulu Community College.
- Layne H. Katsumoto, Honolulu Community College.
- Indar P. Lange, Kapiolani Community College.
- Eric S. Lee, Leeward Community College.
- Damion R. Rosbrugh, Windward Community College.
- Sae J. Yoon, Kapiolani Community College.
2006 JPL Summer Undergraduate Interns
- William Ahue, U.H. Manoa
- Dennis Dugay, U.H. Manoa
- Dylan Sweeney, U.H. Manoa
- Lance Yoneshige, U.H. Manoa
Spring 2006 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawai'i at Manoa:
- Reece Iwami, a freshman in Electrical Engineering, will work with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering on a project titled, "Tracking Software for Student Satellites." As part of ground station operations, Reece will work with communications software for real-time analysis of satellite orbits. This project is part of the larger UH Small-Satellite Program championed since 2001 by faculty and students in the UH College of Engineering.
- Tyler Tamashiro, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will continue working with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering on a project titled, "Intersatellite Communication Network for Picosatellite Clusters." Tyler is studying various networking methods and applications for a cluster of picosatellites in support of the UH Small-Satellite Program.
- Michael Cheng, Kapiolani Community College. Project title: "Cataloging Near Earth Objects and Messier Objects."
- Jason Poe, Kapiolani Community College. Project title: "A Quantum Basis for Biology: Coherent Excitation of Electric Vibrations in Biological Membranes using Non-Thermal, Non-Ionizing Electro-Magnetic Fields."
- Victoria Sensano, Maui Community College. Project title: "High Performance Computing."
- Nicholas Tyra, Maui Community College. Project title: "Adaptive Optics."
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