Fall 2014 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2014 to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses. The Fall Symposium was held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Honolulu Community College. This was the Symposium Schedule (pdf).
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Steven Ewers, a senior in Electrical Engineering, will research microwave technology for wireless power transmission and with mentor Dr. David Garmire of the Department of Electrical Engineering. In his project titled, "Wireless Power Transfer System by Means of Microwaves," Steven will focus on designing, running simulation models, and constructing a system utilizing the 2.4 and 5.8GHz frequencies to efficiently transmit power over a range of at least 10 feet. Final Report
- Kathryn Hu, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will combine her interests in engineering and chemistry to work with mentor Dr. Mehrdad Ghasemi Nejhad of the Department of Mechanical Engineering to improve the efficiency of fuel cells in space applications by utilizing carbon nanotubes. In her project titled, "Gas Diffusion Layers for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells using Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes Nanoforests," Kathryn will process carbon nanotubes nanoforests by a chemical vapor deposition process and evaluate their performance in the fuel cells under different operating conditions.
- Arvin Niro, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, will continue working with mentor Dr. Aaron Hanai of the Kapiolani Community College Math and Sciences Department on an autonomous rover. Arvin's work includes the design and construction of an efficient suspension system in his project, titled "Design and Development of a Suspension System used in Rough-Terrain Vehicle Control for Vibration Suppression in Planetary Exploration." Final Report
- Roberto Ramilio Jr., a junior in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, will continue to work on "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. Final Report
- Brian Yamashiro, a senior in Physics will work with mentor Dr. Veronica Bindi of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on a high energy physics project, focusing on solar energetic particles. Utilizing data from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer installed on the International Space Station, Brian's project, "Study of the Most Harmful Solar Energetic Particle for Shielding Next Human Space Flights," supports NASA's efforts to improve the prediction of large solar storms.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Christina Cauley, a senior in Geology and Anthropology, will work on a project covering "Digital Imagery and Geologic Map of Chegem Caldera, Russia." Using geospatial software for image processing and mapping, Christina will be registering and re-projecting old geologic field maps onto accurate topographic maps based on Space Shuttle–Digital Elevation Model data. She will also use the collected field data and new remote sensing data to improve the accuracy of the geologic details. Dr. Ken Hon of the Department of Geology is serving as mentor.
- Casey Jones, a junior in Physics, will work with data from the UH 2.2m telescope on Mauna Kea of star-forming regions in 20 different galaxies. In his project titled, "Correcting Spectral Data from Extragalactic Star Forming Regions for Atmospheric Dispersion," Casey will work with mentor Dr. Marianne Takamiya of the Department of Physics and Astronomy to code solutions to calculate the atmospheric dispersion corrections for 33,000 spectra, apply the corrections, and rebuild the database.
- Robert Ponga, a senior in Astronomy and Physics, will work with mentor Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Physics and Astronomy to characterize the highly enriched gas surrounding distant galaxies. In his project titled, "Analysis of Strong Triply Ionized Carbon Systems in Galaxy Halos," Robert will be using a suite of software programs to model spectral data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, looking in particular for heavy-element enrichment of the gas.
Fall 2014 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Brian Chan, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will continue working on a project titled "Orthorectification of Infrared Images" with mentors Dr. Norbert Schörghofer of the Institute for Astronomy and Dr. Brendan Hermalyn of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. This project involves geometric image manipulation 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 senior in Geology and Geophysics, will continue working with mentor Dr. Michael Garcia of the Department of Geology and Geophysics on "Submarine Lavas Discovered off Diamond Head—New Honolulu Volcano?" Lauren is investigating the mineralogy and trace element chemistry of rocks 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.
- Kihaakeanu Sai, a junior in Sociology, will continue working with satellite remote sensing data and learning image processing techniques in his project titled "Geology of Moons of Jupiter and Saturn." This semester he is studying radar images in preparation for studying Europa and Titan. Serving as mentor for this work is Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.
- Kimberly Teehera, a sophomore in Pre-Psychology, will continue her project titled "Lava Tube Microclimates on Mauna Loa" with mentor Dr. Norbert Schörghofer of the Institute for Astronomy. Kimberly is gaining experience with data analysis techniques as well as with cave science. Studies of these terrestrial ice-filled lava tubes are relevant to the fields of astrobiology and climate of Mars.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- William Barden, sophomore in Astronomy, will work with mentor Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on his project titled, "Precious Metals in SDSS Quasar Spectra: Mapping Galactic Gaseous Halos." William will gain experience with IDL programming and statistics using absorption-line spectra from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
Kapiolani Community College:
- Vincent Nguyen, Bryson Racoma, and Pookela Stillman Reyes are working on a Mini CanSat project titled "Drag Coefficient of a Payload's Flight" with mentor Dr. Hervé Collin of the Math and Sciences Department.
UH Maui College:
- Jordan Moore is working with mentor Dr. Jung Won Park of the Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology Department on a project titled "Maui Irradiance Forecasting Capability Through Sky Imaging."
- Derrick Torricer and Dominic Agabin participated in the RockOn 2014 Workshop at NASA Wallops Flight Facility
Windward Community College:
- Nick Herrera, Gavin Nall, and Cale Mechler are working on "ARLISS: A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites" project with mentor Dr. Jacob Hudson of the Department of Natural Sciences.
Windward Community College Intern:
- Kyle Chia Twogood is working as an Imaginarium intern with mentor Dr. Joseph Ciotti of the Department of Natural Sciences.
Multi-Campus Community College Project Imua RockSat Trainees:
Working together on "UHCC Collaborative Approach to Designing, Fabricating, Assembling and Testing a Scientific Payload for Launch Onboard RockSat-X"
- From Honolulu CC: Matthew Mau, Debora Pei, Suraj Mehta
- From Kaua'i CC: Nicholas Herrmann, Marcus Yamaguchi, Brennen Sprenger
- From Windward CC: Cale Mechler, Kalanikapu Copp, Elena Barbour, Keith Nakamatsu, Madori Rumpungworn
Summer 2014 Internships
- Marcus Yamaguchi, Kaua'i CC Summer Fellow: "An Embedded Microprocessor Design for the PSD of a Neutron Detector." Final Report
- Jacob Matutino and Kolby Javinar, Kaua'i CC Summer Interns: "Low Density Supersonic Decelerator" NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Pacific Missile Range Facility Internships.
Matutino's final Report and Javinar's final Report
- David Harris (UH Manoa) Summer Internship at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, "Modeling of H2O Adsorption on Zeolites." Final Report
- Erik Wessel Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory Summer Internship, "Developiing a Software Tool to Enable Creation of Command Scripts for a Satellite Mission." Final Report
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