Fall 2010 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2010 to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- James Bishop, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, will work with mentor Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on lunar geology and remote sensing. With his project titled "Testing the Relationship Between Radar Data and TiO2 Content of the Lunar Maria" James will compare radar, neutron spectrometer, and spectral data sets from multiple missions to try to identify trends, anomalies, and correlations in lunar surface titanium concentrations. Final Report
- John Furumo, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will be working with mentor Dr. Weilin Qu of the Department of Mechanical Engineering on continued experiments to improve spacecraft thermal control. In his study titled, "Two-phase Micro-Channel Heat Sink Cooling Loop for Spacecraft Thermal Control" John will concentrate on system assembly and determining the effects of gravity on the thermal performance of the cooling loop. Final Report
- Samantha Jacob, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, plans to use lunar images and multispectral data to map and date overlapping lava flows on the surface of the Moon in her project titled, "Solar Wind Volatile Preservation." Working with mentor Dr. Sarah Fagents of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Samantha will compare her mapped units to numerical models of heat transfer into buried regolith deposits to help find ancient regolith with preserved solar wind particles. Final Report
- Amanda Yamamoto, a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering, will work on a robotics project titled, "Underwater Sampling System for High Temperature Extremophiles" with mentor Dr. Brian Bingham of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Amanda will design, build, and test a prototype, autonomous sampling device that can be appended to a small ROV to collect seawater samples in hot shallow waters near volcanic activity. This work compliments the broad goals of NASA's Astrobiology program.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Ryan Bishop, a junior in Geology, will be working on a project titled, "Mineralogical Study of Volcanic Sublimates from Halema'uma'u Crater, Kilauea Volcano" using lab spectrometers and microscopes for element and mineral analyses. This work is relevant to current 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. Final Report
- Toby Horner, a sophomore in Mathematics and Computer Science, will put his skills to work to help improve the performance of image processing algorithms for remote sensing data. Toby's project is titled "Evolving Matched Filters for Satellite Image Compression." Serving as mentor is Dr. Michael Peterson of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Final Report
- Briana Hurley, a junior in Astronomy and Physics, will work with mentor Dr. David James of the Department of Astronomy and Physics on stellar mixing and evolution. With her project titled "Photometrically Re-Imaging the Pleiades Open Cluster using the Hoku Ke'a 0.9 meter Telescope" Briana is studying the masses and lithium abundances of Sun-like stars in the young star cluster.
- Jamie Scharf, a senior in Geology, Astronomy, and Physics, will work on a project titled, "The Calibration of the CCD for Hoku Ke'a." Obtaining observations under varied sky conditions, Jamie will characterize the spectral and throughput performance of the new science camera on the telescope, and create an exposure time calculator for the facility. Dr. David James of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is serving as mentor. Final Report
Fall 2010 Undergraduate Trainees
- Thumy Webb, Honolulu CC, "Effects of Varying Light Cycles on Opae Ula and Microalgae in a Closed System" with mentor Dr. Gregory Witteman.
- Charls Agcaoili, Evan Agor,Cy Bagano, Darly Domingo, and Shawn Mercado of Kaua'i CC worked under the guidance of Dr. Francis Takahashi assisting with the developemnt of a CanSat and rocket for launch and landing on Kaua'i.
- Todd Esposito, Joleen Iwaniec, Patrick Lancaster, and Jasmine Maru of Windward CC participated in the ARLISS competition under the guidance of mentors Dr. Joe Ciotti and Dr. Jake Hudson from WCC, and Helen Rapozo from Honolulu CC.
Space Grant Community College campuses are sponsoring engineering programs for students to design, build, and test CanSats. A CanSat is a scientific experiment package, the size of a soda can and commonly launched by weather balloon or small rocket, designed to retrieve photographic, temperature, pressure, and altitude data for near-Earth, low-atmosphere experiments. The CanSat students from the different campuses work together and participate in ARLISS Competitions (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites) in Nevada. Community college students have benefited from the mentorship of professors at Honolulu CC and Windward CC, and engineers from HECO and industry affiliates.
Summer 2010 Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Summer Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students who are registered as full-time students for the Fall semester at one of the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges. Awards are given for space-related research and provide a stipend of $2000 per summer to each recipient.
Four students were funded for the 2010 Summer Fellowship Program at Kaua'i CC. Kelan Adachi, Shaun Koide, Daryl Domingo, and Charls Agcaoili worked under the guidance of Dr. Francis Takahashi.
Summer 2010 Undergraduate Internship Program
Full-time undergraduates enrolled at either a university or community college in Hawai'i or on the mainland are eligible to apply for Summer Internships. The main objective of the program is to promote the use of NASA technology and educational opportunities in Hawai'i, and internships focusing on NASA's science goals are especially encouraged.
Seven interns were funded at three companies on Kaua'i for the 2010 Summer Internship Program. David Herr worked at Manu Kai at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kaua'i. Tiffany Eliana, Ric Fune, Melissa Peck, and Geoffrey Tran also worked at the PMRF. Crystal Whitehill and Mark Guirao worked at General Dynamics.
Additional Summer Internships:
- Kelsey Auten, a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, was a summer Hawaii Space Grant Intern working with the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory at the U. H. Manoa campus. Kelsey's project was "HawaiiSat-1: Effects of Varying Altitudes and Inclinations on a Satellite's Orbit Around the Earth." Final Report
- Chester Lim, a Master's student in Electrical Engineering at U. H. Manoa, was a Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Space Grant summer intern. Chester's project was "A Model-Based Study of On-Board Data Processing Architecture for Balloon-Borne Aurora Observation." Final Report
- Raynel Corpuz, a Master's student in Electrical Engineering at U. H. Manoa, was a NASA Ames summer intern. Raynel's project was "HawaiiSat-1 Modular String Solar Cell Layout Procedural Plan." Final Report
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