Former Space Grant Fellow Wins 2005 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student Award
Former Space Grant Fellow, Blaine Murakami, is the winner of the 2005 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student award. This award is presented by Eta Kappa Nu, the national honor society for electrical and computer engineering. As an undergraduate, Blaine co-authored one book chapter and 13 conference papers, is a co-inventor on a pending patent, and co-wrote a research proposal that was subsequently funded with a $100,000 award. He also led a multidisciplinary team of 30 electrical and mechanical engineering undergraduate students to design, build, and test two nanosatellites for launch into low Earth orbit. Blaine’s Space Grant project (Fall 2003, Spring 2004) “Retrodirective Antenna Array Design for CubeSat Applications and CubeSat Program Management” was conducted with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering. See the UH News Release and Beverly Creamer’s article in the Honolulu Advertiser.