Spring 2010 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Spring of 2010 to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo.
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Michael Andonian, a senior in Mathematics will continue his work on the issues of control theory being 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 is working on his project titled, "Guidance and Control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" with mentor Dr. Monique Chyba of the Department of Mathematics. Final Report
- Yu Ming Cai, a senior in Mechanical Engineering will continue to 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 "Design and Analysis of the Thermal Control Sub-System of HawaiiSat." Serving as mentor is Dr. Marcelo Kobayashi of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Final Report
- Samantha Jacob, a sophomore in Physics will continue to work with mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute for Astronomy on a project titled "Are Martian Slope Streaks Triggered by Dust Devils?" Samantha is using digital imaging processing techniques on orbital remote sensing images of Mars to identify dust devil tracks and slope steaks, to document the timing of their appearance, and try to determine cause/effect relationships. Final Report
- Bao Jun Lei, a senior in Electrical Engineering will continue to 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 is planning and testing a modular design that can be integrated within any type of CubeSat payload for optimum performance. Final Report
- Matthew Markley, a senior in Geology and Geophysics will be working on a project titled, "Characterization of Temperature Dependent Macrostructure and Internal Elastic Properties of Boron Nitride Coated SiC Fibers." This work is relevant to improving the performance of ceramic-composite materials for use in aerospace vehicles. Serving as mentor for this work is Dr. Murli Manghnani of the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Final Report
- Adonara Mucek, a sophomore in Geology and Geophysics will work with mentor Dr. Katharina Pahnke of the Department of Geology and Geophysics on the role of oceans in the climate system. Adonara will combine laboratory analyses of the isotope geochemistry of North Atlantic Ocean sediments with satellite sea-surface data in her project, titled "Changes in Deep Ocean Circulation from Last Glacial Maximum to Present." Final Report
- Nicole Wade, a senior in Mathematics will work on an Astrobiology project with mentor Dr. Eric Gaidos of the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Nicole's project, titled "Microbial Population Analysis of a Volcanic Subglacial Lake" involves the use of an epifluorescence mircoscope to analyze terrestrial microbes from the extreme environments of an Icelandic perennial lake that may be possible analogs to environments on Mars or icy satellites. Final Report
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Jonathan Bauer, a senior in Political Science will be working with mentor Dr. John Barnes, NOAA Scientist at the Mauna Loa Observatory, combining local weather station and NOAA regional data for improved understanding of weather patterns that could negatively affect operations at a coastal observatory. Jonathan's project is titled "Weather Modeling for Astronomy Observations at Kilohoku Observatory, Pearl City, Hawaii." Final Report
- Sophie Milam, is a senior in Astronomy and Physics with NASA Ames Academy (Summer 2009) experience. With an eye toward growing crops in future greenhouses on the Moon, Sophie will be researching a method to alter the chemical composition of lunar regolith simulant in a project titled "Bioremediation of Lunar Regolith Via Microbial Metabolism." Serving as mentor is Dr. John Hamilton of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Final Report
- Asael Temple, a junior in Computer Science plans to test image processing software used for the compression of satellite and aerial reconnaissance data for improved performance. Asael is working on his project titled, "Validation Techniques for Satellite Image Compression Algorithms" with mentor Dr. Michael Peterson of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Spring 2010 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Dana Johnson, a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering will be working on the decent control system for the CanSat small satellite being constructed at Kapiolani Community College. The CanSat team plans to compete in the June, 2010 launch competition in Texas. Serving as mentor is Dr. Hervé Collin of the Department of Math and Science, Kapiolani Community College.
- Corey Shimabukuro, a senior in Electrical Engineering will be working with his mentor, Dr. John Rand of the Department of Math and Science, Kapiolani Community College, on all aspects of command handling and data control for the Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle being constructed at Kapiolani Community College. The team plans to compete in the June, 2010 competition in Hilo.
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