Spring 2012 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Spring of 2012 to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo, and Kapiolani Community College. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses. The Spring Symposium was held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at UH Manoa. Symposium Schedule (pdf).
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Justin Bergonio, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, will continue his work with mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute for Astronomy using 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," will begin to incorporate new HiRISE images from the current NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Final Report
- Kyle Berney, a senior in Computer Science and Mathematics, will develop 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.
- Emily Chang, a senior in Global Environmental Science, will continue working with mentor Dr. Eric Gaidos of the Department of Geology and Geophysics on a project on extra-solar planets. Emily is combining lightcurve data from the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) program with images from the Faulkes telescope on Haleakala on her project titled, "Identification and Photometry of Candidate Transiting Exoplanet Signals." Final Report
- Jonathan Chinen, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, will work on a project titled, "TestSat Structure and Interface Design and Fabrication" with mentors Jeremy Chan and Miguel Nunes of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory. Jonathan's project is the design and fabrication of a TestSat, a laboratory testbed for modular CubeSat components and subsystems, able to rotate autonomously using solar panels and reaction wheel. Final Report
- Kenneth Dobbs, a sophomore in Political Science, is working with mentor Dr. Peter Englert of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on a project titled, "Improvement of Planetary Gamma Ray Spectrometry." Kenneth will compile and evaluate 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.
- Elyse Iseke, a sophomore in Food Science/Human Nutrition, is measuring lunar crater dimensions to better understand crater origins and modification processes in her project titled, "Determining Dimensional Ratios for Fresh, Degraded, and Floor-Fractured Lunar Craters." Working with mentor, Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Elyse has prior experience using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data from her Fall 2011 Traineeship. Final Report
- Brian James, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, will continue developing interactive educational presentations about the Moon based on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data. Working with mentor Dr. Sarah Sherman of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Brian's project titled, "Education in 3-D: Using Interactive Spherical Projection Presentations to Teach about the Moon," will incorporate the use of clickers for audience response and action. Final Report
- Tristan Martinez, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will work on a project titled, "COTS Adaptable Module for Full Attitude Determination in CubeSats" with mentors Eric Pilger and Miguel Nunes of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory. Tristan's project is the design and fabrication of a modular, sun tracker platform and attitude sensor using commercial-off-the-shelf hardware for use in testing CubeSat nanosatellites. Final Report
- Reina Ojiri, a junior in Mathematics, will continue working with mentor Dr. Monique Chyba of the Department of Mathematics on a project titled "Designing Space Craft Missions to NEOs." Reina's work emphasizes spatial-mechanics algorithms to create computer simulations of the optimal transfer of a satellite from one orbit to another to rendezvous with a Near-Earth Object. Final Report
- Nathan Walsh, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will work with mentor Lance Yoneshige of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory on a project titled, "Development of a Deployable 3U CubeSat Solar Panel Array." Nathan's project is the design and fabrication of a solar array for increased power generation on low-Earth orbit nanosatellites and picosatellites. Final Report
- Daniel Wukelic, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, will design and fabricate a specialized calibration platform to test the attitude determination and control system of 3U CubeSats on a frictionless, air-bearing test platform. Daniel's project, "Air Bearing Attitude Determination and Control Subsystems (ADCS) Test Bed," will be conducted with mentors Lance Yoneshige and Miguel Nunes of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory. Final Report
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Liliana DeSmither, a junior in Geology, will continue 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 is studying 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." Final Report
Kapiolani Community College:
- Matthew Rappeline, Junior Fellow majoring in Physics, is working on a project titled "Orbital Dynamics of the Earth-Moon System" with mentor Dr. Hervé Collin of the Math and Science Department and KCC STEM Program.
Spring 2012 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Collin Au, a sophomore in Electrical Engineering, will work with mentor Dr. Sarah Sherman of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on a project titled, "Making a Magic Planet Presentation for Mercury." Using data from NASA's MESSENGER mission currently orbiting Mercury, Collin will create an educational movie for projection on the Magic Planet digital video globe.
- Brayden VanAckeren, a sophomore in Economics and Political Science, will work on a project titled, "Analysis of the Topography of Tooting Crater, Mars." Using images and elevation models from NASA mission data, Brayden will learn to construct and interpret topographic profiles, geomorphic maps, and perspective views of this young Martian crater. Drs. Sarah Sherman and Peter Mouginis-Mark of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology serve as mentors.
Hawaii Community College:
- Daron Kirchner, majoring in Liberal Arts, and Kaya Ryan-Rolon, majoring in Liberal Arts, are working on a vog-aerosol project titled "Measurements of Atmospheric Particulates Using a Camera Lidar System" with mentor Dr. John Barnes of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Mauna Loa Observatory.
Kapiolani Community College:
- The KCC Cansat team consists of James Bynes, Joselito Garcia, Sam Lewis who are pursuing an Associate of Science Degree in Natural Science, Mitchell Heins, an Information and Computer Science major, Kellie Ko, a Civil Engineering major, and Albert Carter, who is both a KCC and UHM student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. The team is led by Mitchell and their mentor is Dr. Hervé Collin of the Math and Science Department and KCC STEM Program.
Kauai Community College:
- Heather Prinzing, majoring in Electronics Technology, is working with mentor Dr. Francis Takahashi on a project titled, "Telemetry Ground Station."
Windward Community College:
- The USLI team consists of Kristi Ross, Patrick Lancaster who are Physics majors, Todd Esposito, Rose Wailehua, Lyra Handcock, Darren Ramos, who are Engineering majors, and Sean Aylward, a Liberal Arts major. They are flying payloads in NASA's competitive "University Student Launch Initiative (USLI)." Mentors are Drs. Jacob Hudson and Joe Ciotti of Windward Community College and Mr. Helen Rapozo from Honolulu Community College.
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