Spring 2014 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Spring of 2014 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 26, 2014 at UH Mānoa. This was the Symposium Schedule (pdf).
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Eric Caldwell, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will continue working with mentor Dr. Aaron Hanai of the Kapi'olani Community College Math and Sciences Department and Fellows Lee Do and Arvin Niro on an autonomous rover. Eric's work includes 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." Final Report
- Lee Do, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, will continue working with mentor Dr. Aaron Hanai of the Kapi'olani Community College Math and Sciences Department and Fellows Eric Caldwell and Arvin Niro on an autonomous rover. Lee's project, "Design, Analysis, and Manufacture of an Active Control Panel with Vibration Suppression on an Autonomous Interplanetary Rover" focuses on reducing vibrations between the rover chassis and electronics board for optimal performance. Final Report
- Steven Ewers, a senior in Electrical Engineering, will lead the design of the electrical and power-monitoring systems for the Kapiolani Community College's rover entry to NASA's international Robotics Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center. Steven will conduct his project titled, "Robotics for the Design of a Competition Mining Robot with the Purpose of Excavating Simulated Martian Regloith" with mentor Dr. Hervé Collin of the Kapiolani Community College Math and Sciences Department. Final Report
- Jessica Lee, a junior in Computer Science and Korean, will continue working on her 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. Final Report
- 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 is conducting 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. Final Report
- Arvin Niro, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, will be working with mentor Dr. Aaron Hanai of the Kapiolani Community College Math and Sciences Department and Fellows Eric Caldwell and Lee Do on an autonomous rover. Arvin's work will include the design and construction of an efficient suspension system in his project, titled "Design and Development of a Suspension System used in Rough-Terrain Vechicle Control for Vibration Suppression in Planetary Exploration."
- Melissa Onishi, a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering, will continue to work 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 is writing and testing algorithms to simulate landing trajectories for autonomous, powered descent that is as fuel-efficient and precise as possible. Her project is titled, "Analysis of Landing Trajectory Using Backward Propagation." Final Report
- Roberto Ramilo Jr., a junior in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, will work on a project titled "The Estimation of Daytime Sleepiness for Astronauts" with mentor Dr. Hervé Collin of the Kapiolani Community College Math and Sciences Department. By combining qualitative data with his new approach of measuring fluctuations of pupil diameter, Roberto is collecting quantitative data from student test subjects to establish benchmarks for problematic sleepiness, which could someday be applied to fitness assessments of astronauts on duty.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Andrew McNichols, a senior in Physics and Astronomy, will continue working with his mentor Dr. Jesse Goldman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Fellow Robert Pipes on a detector of elementary subatomic particles. Andrew is using 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 and Energy Dependence of Cosmic-Ray Muons." Final Report
- Robert Pipes, a senior in Physics and Astronomy, has set up and calibrated a muon detection system and will continue to 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 and Fellow Andrew McNichols, Robert's project is titled "Variable Altitude Muon Detection and Angular Dependence of Cosmic Ray Muon Lifetime at Medium Altitude." Final Report
- Geoffrey Rehders, a senior in Geology, will continue working 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 work is relevant to hypotheses 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. Final Report
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Brian Chan, a sophomore in Electrical Engineering, will work on a project titled "Orthorectification of Infrared Images" with mentors Dr. Norbert Schörghofer of the Institute for Astronomy and Dr. Brendan Hermalyn of the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. This project involves geometric image mainipulation and processing of remote sensing infrared data aimed at understanding the microclimates in craters on Mauna Kea, which may be analogous to craters on Mars.
- Lauren Froberg, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, will work with mentor Dr. Michael Garcia of the Department of Geology and Geophysics on her project titled, "Submarine Lavas Discovered off Diamond Head—New Honolulu Volcano?" Lauren will investigate the mineralogy and trace element chemistry of rock samples to help determine if these are from a known or previously unidentified eruption. This work contributes to NASA's goals of characterizing the dynamics of Earth's surface and interior and forming the scientific basis for the assessment and mitigation of natural hazards.
- Jamal Garcia, a sophomore in Physics, will learn to operate the Terra X-ray diffraction & X-ray fluorescence instrument and investigate the mineralogy and chemical composition of core samples taken from the shore of a pond in Antarctica. Jamal's project, "Don Juan Pond: A Terrestrial Study of Mars Analogs" will help to evaluate hypotheses of how this pond formed, which may lead to further insights to water action on Mars. Dr. Peter Englert of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology serves as mentor.
- Kihaakeanu Sai, a sophomore in Sociology, will gain experience with satellite remote sensing data and image processing techniques in his project titled "Geology of Moons of Jupiter and Saturn." Serving as mentor for this work is Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.
- Kimberly Teehera, a freshman in Pre-Psychology, will work on a project titled "Lava Tube Microclimates on Mauna Loa" with mentor Dr. Norbert Schörghofer of the Institute for Astronomy. Kimberly will gain experience with basic data analysis techniques as well as with cave science. Studies of these ice-filled lava tubes are relevant to the fields of astrobiology and climate of Mars.
Kapiolani and Leeward Community College:
- The Kapiolani Cansat team consists of William Kaeo, Michael Lee, Mitch Mikami, Robert Landgraf, Shane Spencer, Lundy Wyre, and Benjamin Barker (LCC), Brandon Fukada (LCC). The mentor is Dr. Hervé Collin of the Math and Science Department and KCC STEM Program.
Kauai Community College:
- Bransen Agu, Dominique Boeder, and Kepa Fernandes "Designing a High-Speed Data Collection System with Application to Spectrographic Neutron Detection."
- Marcus Yamaguchi, "Modification of UV Spectrometer into a Neutron Detector Using Neutron-Sensitive Scintillating Material." Final Report
Mentors for the Kauai CC students are Dr. Georgeanne Friend and Mr. Michael Hannawald of the Electronics Technology Department.
Windward Community College:
- The NASA Student Launch Project (ARLISS) team consists of Lyra Hancock, Gavin Nall, Nick Herrera, Kevin Lee, and Kristin Schupp, Ada Garcia, and Cale Mechler. Mentors are Drs. Jacob Hudson and Joe Ciotti of Windward Community College.
- Kalanikapu Copp, trainee with Dr. Mary Beth Laychak of the Natural Science Department.
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