Fall 2017 Undergraduate Fellowships

The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium awarded undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2017 to students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Hilo, and the University of Guam. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses. The Fall Symposium was held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Kapiolani Community College.

 

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Fellowships

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

Kleyner Jeffrey Kleyner, a senior in Physics and Astrophysics, is working with mentor Dr. Geoffrey Mathews of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on a project modeling star ages in young stellar associations. Utilizing data from ESA's Gaia satellite and new coding solutions, Jeffrey's project, "Ages of Stars in Upper Scorpius Through Kinematic Motion," supports NASA's efforts to better understand the evolution of stars and their protoplanetary disks.
  
Langdalen Zachary Langdalen, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, is working on "Dispersal of Volcanic Ash on Mars: Ash Particle Shape Analysis" with mentor Dr. Sarah Fagents of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Using terrestrial ash as Martian analogues, Zachary's detailed 3D microscopy of the ash dimensions and shapes will be used in models of particle sedimentation in the Martian atmosphere.
  
Morrison-Fogel Dylan Morrison-Fogel, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, is working on the "Optimization of Orbital Transfer Trajectories and Low Thrust Maneuvers," applicable to small satellites. With mentor Dr. Dilmurat Azimov of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dylan will generate numerical solutions and run simulations in an effort to validate the maneuvers, such as orbital transfers and rendezvous and docking, that achieve the most efficient results.
  
Nguyen Christopher Nguyen, a senior in Information and Computer Sciences, is working with mentor Dr. Norbert Schörghofer of the Planetary Science Institute on big data in "Processing of Lunar Temperature Data using Cloud Computing." Utilizing lunar temperature data from the Diviner instrument on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Christopher aims to calculate the time-average of a temperature-dependent quantity to find potential sublimation rates in support of NASA's efforts to more accurately map the cold traps of ice on the Moon.
  
Torodoro Lean Teodoro, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, is working with mentor Dr. Hope Ishii of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on a laboratory project with interplanetary dust particles. Lean is using multiple, high-resolution microscopy methods to identify the particles and compile compositional data in her project, "Assessment of New Extraterrestrial Particle Collections at Mauna Loa Observatory." This work supports NASA's efforts to better understand comets, asteroids, and primitive materials of our Solar System.
  
Tremblay Jason Tremblay, a senior in Geology and Geophysics, is investigating the "Topographic Influences on Emplacement Dynamics of Lava Flows on Mars" with mentor Dr. Sarah Fagents of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Jason is working with multiple image and topographic datasets of Mars to create a GIS database of detailed flow dimensions and shapes that will be used in numerical models to understand how topography effects the flow and emplacement of lava across the surface.
  
  University of Hawai‘i at Hilo:

Emerson Kenji Emerson, a sophomore Physics and Astronomy double major, is "Studying Chemical-Composition Evolution of the Circumgalactic Gas" with mentor Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Using stacking analysis on Sloan Digital Sky Survey data of absorption-line spectra of triply ionized carbon and other species in the gas surrounding galaxies, Kenji aims to study the effects and evolution of metal abundances in the large-scale gaseous structure of the universe.
  
Pruyne Theodore Pruyne, a senior Physics and Astronomy double major, is working with mentor Dr. R. Pierre Martin of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on hyperspectral data from the Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope on Maunakea as part of a large study of star formation and chemical enrichment in nearby spiral galaxies. Theodore is mapping nebular emission lines and studying gas kinematics in his project, "Nebular Physics in the Late-type Galaxy NGC 6822."
  
Steckler Kyle Steckler, a junior Physics and Astronomy double major, is "Investigating Distant Galaxies with OSIRIS on Keck" using near-infrared spectra obtained from the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea. With mentor Dr. Marianne Takamiya of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kyle's work with telescope adaptive optics and data reduction and analysis contributes to the understanding of nebular chemical abundances, star formation rates, and evolution of distant galaxies.
  
Wells Tino Wells, a junior Physics and Astronomy double major, is working on a "Non-parametric Clustering Analysis" of data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. With mentor Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tino is using statistical methods on stacked absorption-line systems of multiple ion species in an effort to classify gaseous structures in the cosmos and relate them to galaxy types.
  University of Guam:

  Allen Jake Aromin, a senior in Secondary Education, and John Tristan Palanca, a senior in Computer Science, are working with mentor Dr. Romina King of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on a robotics project. Their "Design, Fabrication, and Programming of a Drilling System for Water Extraction from Subsurface Planetary Ice," is inspired by NASA's Mars Ice Challenge, a competition and demonstration project for improving in-situ resource utilization. Allen is concentrating on the fabrication and Tristan is concentrating on the programming, while both are working on the robot's electrical system, assembly, and testing on simulated Martian ice.

  
 

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Trainees

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

Achenback Mark Achenback, a senior in Astrophysics, is working on a high energy physics project, developing algorithms to determine fast-neutron particle energy spectra and momentum distributions. With mentor, Dr. Sven Vahsen of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Mark's project is titled "Directional Neutron Spectroscopy via Detection of 3D Nuclear Recoils."
  
Endrina Jarren Endrina, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, is working on a project supporting Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory's work on propulsion modules for more maneuverable small satellites. Jarren's project "Cold Gas Propulsion System for 6U CubeSat" is under the guidance of mentor Dr. Miguel Nunes of the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory.
  
Hon Emma Hon, a sophomore in Geology and Geophysics, is working on "Space Resource Identification and Utilization" with mentor Dr. G. Jeffrey Taylor of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Using microscopy and imaging to identify the mineralogy and composition of meteorite and lunar samples, Emma is creating a database of materials as potential space-based natural resources and commodities.
  
Kim Jennifer Kim, a senior in Civil Engineering, is working on a nanophysics and materials science project with mentor Dr. Klaus Sattler of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Jennifer is synthesizing and characterizing foam in her project "Studies of Molecular Storage in Carbon Nanofoam, a Promising Superlight Material for NASA Space Missions."
  
Young Lee Danielle Young, a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering, is working on "CubeSat Structure Development" with mentor Lance Yoneshige of the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory. Lee Danielle's work supports the Lab's efforts in gaining greater modularity and flexibility in 6U CubeSat–small satellite structural designs for Earth observation and planetary space missions.
  

  Hawai'i Space Flight Laboratory Intern:
  Kasey Hagi, a senior in Computer Engineering at UH Mānoa, worked on "Software Development for Neutron-1."
  

  Project Imua Mission 3 RockSat-X 2017 Trainees:
  Project Imua Mission 3 is a joint collaboration between campuses of the UH Community College System to encourage students to pursue STEM-based careers by gaining experience creating scientific payloads for RockSat-X.
Honolulu Community College: Onkar Nerurkar, Syrus Valdivia, Xiao Hua Li
Kaua‘i and Windward Community Colleges: Nicolas Herrmann, Damien Apilando
  

  Project Imua Mission 5 ARLISS Trainees:
  Project Imua Mission 5 is a collaboration between Honolulu and Windward community Colleges with the overall goal to competing in the international competition called ARLISS--A Rocket launch for International Student Satellites. Students from HCC built a small atmospheric sensing electronic payload that fit in the quad copter built by students from WCC.
Honolulu Community College: Brian Lam, Jonimar Guillermo, Knyte Bennet-Jeremiah, Syrus Valdivia, Onkar Nerurkar, and Michelle Yeh
Windward Community Colletge: Damien Apilando, Dylan Boeman, Julian Earle, Aspen Morgan, Rhon Turalde, and Aolani Zidek
  

  Kapi‘olani Community College:
  Maxx Taga, a student in Civil Engineering, worked with mentor Dr. Milincic Radovan on "Ssurvey of the Mass Profile in the Vicinity of the Largest Super Massive Black Hole NGO."

  Daniella Wallace, a student in Chemistry, worked with mentor Dr. Milincic Radovan on "Surveying the Relative Abundance Profile of Elliptical Galaxies in the Vicinity of S5 0014+81."
  

  Kaua‘i Community College:
Martin Melissa Martin, a student in AS Natural Science-Engineering, worked with mentor Georgeanne Purvinis on "Using a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Generate Geospatial Data."
  

  Kaua‘i Summer Interns:
  John Acoba, a student in Electronics at Kaua‘i Community College studied "Change Detection Techniques for Astrophotography using the Raspberry Pi" with mentor Neil Young.

Thesken James Thesken, a junior in Mechanical Engineering at UH Mānoa worked on "UAV Applications in Precision Agriculture."


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