Spring 2013 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Spring of 2013 to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses. The Spring Symposium was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at UH Manoa. This was the Symposium Schedule (pdf).
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Justin Bergonio, a junior in Physics, is continuing an astronomy project on near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) with mentor Dr. David Tholen of the Institute for Astronomy. Justin is utilizing data from the Faulkes Telescope North on Haleakala, learning about celestial mechanics and calculating orbital solutions of high priority targets in his project titled, "Advanced NEA Tracking."
- James Bynes III, a junior in Electrical Engineering with previous experience on the KCC CanSat team, is continuing to work on a team project titled, "Acceleration and Thrust of an Asymmetric Capacitor in a Microgravity Environment" 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 the team is testing as a potential space transportation method.
- Laura Corley, a senior in Geology and Geophysics, is working with mentor Dr. Paul Lucey of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on her project titled, "The Geology of the North Pole of the Moon." Laura will investigate the surface geology, with particular attention on the mineralogy and types of volcanic deposits, using data sets from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's KAGUYA (SELENE) mission.
- Kenneth Dobbs, a senior in Political Science, who completed a previous Fellowship analyzing planetary gamma-ray data, is working with mentor Dr. Peter Englert of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on a new project titled, "Reevaluating Elemental Abundance on the Moon." Kenneth will compare algorithms and analysis methods used on gamma-ray spectra from NASA's Lunar Prospector spacecraft to determine why discrepancies may exist in identifying spectral peaks in an effort to improve elemental concentration maps for the lunar surface.
- John Furumo, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, is continuing his work on the design, fabrication, and testing of a cold-gas propulsion system for microsat/nanosat class satellites. With his mentor Dr. A. Zachary Trimble of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, John is work on a project titled, "Cold-gas Propulsion for Small Satellite Attitude Control, Station Keeping, and De-orbit." John has previous experience researching spacecraft thermal control on UH nanosatellite teams and he completed a Summer 2011 NASA Marshall Academy-Hawaii Space Grant internship.
- Lisa Kotowski, a junior in Physics is continuing to work on a team project titled, "Acceleration and Thrust of an Asymmetric Capacitor in a Microgravity Environment" with mentor Dr. Hervé 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 the team is testing as a potential space transportation method.
- Heidi Needham, a senior in Global Environmental Science, will 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 will also use layered Hawaiian basaltic lava flows as terrestrial analog sites to help interpret the lunar data. This work is related to previous Fellows' projects studying layered lava flows and characteristics of buried regolith deposits on the Moon.
- Justin Nicholas, a senior in Creative Media, will be applying his skills in animation to an education/public outreach project about the NASA MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Working with mentor Dr. Sarah Sherman of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Justin's project, "Presenting Current Mercury MESSENGER Information on the Magic Planet for General Audiences" capitalizes on the dynamic way that digital video globes allow 3-D visualization.
- Morgan Roman, a senior in Mechanical Engineering will work on a project titled "Star Tracker Test Module" with mentors Eric Pilger and Miguel Nunes of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory. Extending a previous Fellow's satellite-tracker project, Morgan plans to design and fabricate a new device that tests the performance of a star tracker, which HSFL is interested in using for attitude control of small satellites.
- Brayden VanAckeren, a junior in Economics and Political Science, having completed two traineeship semesters learning to investigate the topography of Mars, will focus on a new 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 will collect and analyze details of the global distribution and sizes of Martian craters and their associated central mounds.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Jordan Bledsoe, a sophomore in Physics and Astronomy, will continue studying how variations in the abundances of the interstellar medium and the initial mass function (IMF) could modulate star formation rates (SFRs). Jordan is using existing data and data she is collecting 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."
- Meghann Decker, a senior in Geology, will work on a project titled, "Roots of the Halema'uma'u Crater Acid Sulfate System on Kilauea" using lab spectrometers and microscopes for element and mineral analyses. Building on previous fellows' projects, this work is relevant to on-going research on the possible formation mechanisms of sulfates and associated alteration deposits on Mars. Serving as mentor for this work is Dr. Kenneth Hon of the Department of Geology.
- Travis Reardon, a sophomore in Geology, will work with mentor Dr. Jene 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 to Mapping of Climate-related Sea Level Rise," will incorporate remote sensing data to create coastal inundation maps for selected regions.
Spring 2013 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Brooke Winans, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, will work on her project titled, "Lava Flows of Elysium Mons" with mentor Dr. Scott Rowland of the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Using high-resolution images and thermal emission data of Mars obtained from orbiting NASA spacecraft, Brooke will map lava flows and look for vent structures.
Honolulu Community College:
- Samuel Eastwood, "Microcontroller Applications."
- Jesse Ray Johnson, "Instrumentation Development for Closed Habitat Experiments."
- Matthew Mau, "Closed Plant/Animal Habitat Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Cycles."
Mentor for the HCC students is Dr. Gregory Witteman of the Biology Department.
Kapiolani Community College:
- The KCC Cansat team consists of Rae-Zan Belen, McClyde Gaborno, Kelsey Kawaguchi, Diamond Tachera, Joshua Tamayo, Logan Tamayo, and Taylor Viti. The mentor is Dr. Hervé Collin of the Math and Science Department and KCC STEM Program.
Kauai Community College:
- Dominique Boeder, "Collection of UV Data and Comparison to Total Solar Irradiance."
- Jeffrey Dorough, "Collection and Analysis of E-CALLISTO Solar Flare Spectrometer Data."
- Marcus Yamaguchi, "Verification and Design of KCC Ground Station for Hawaii-SAT1 Mission."
Mentors for the Kauai CC students are Dr. Georgeanne Friend and Mr. Tom Ellis of the Electronics Technology Department.
Leeward Community College:
- The LCC Cansat team consists of Collins Au, Jordan Bayang, Alex Darigo, Adrian Deleon, Michael Dubiel, Elizabeth Mahoney, Susan Oswald, Victor Ramos, and Jessi Tsukayama. The mentor is Dr. Nikolaj Nordkvist of the Math and Science Department.
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.
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