Spring 2015 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Spring of 2015 to students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and Hilo. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses. The Spring Symposium was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at UH Mānoa. This was the Symposium Schedule (pdf).
University of Hawaii at Mānoa:
- James Bynes III, a senior in Electrical Engineering with previous trainee (2012) and fellowship (2013) experience, is working with mentor Dr. Gary Varner of the Department of Physics on a fiber-optic data network for a multi-institution, particle detector mission. In his project titled, "RF Over Optical Fiber Design and Implementation for the ExaVolt Antenna," James is focusing on the design and implementation of a radio frequency over fiber system to be used for data transmission in a scaled prototype of the ExaVolt balloon-embedded antenna. Final Report
- Kathryn Hu, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, is combining her interests in engineering and chemistry working with mentor Dr. Mehrdad Ghasemi Nejhad of the Department of Mechanical Engineering to improve the efficiency of fuel cells in space applications. In her project titled, "Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Nanoforests as Gas Diffusion Layers for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells," Kathryn is growing carbon nanotube nanoforests by a chemical vapor deposition process and evaluating their performance in the fuel cells under different operating conditions. Final Report
- Logan Magad-Weiss, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, will work with mentor Dr. Ryan Ogliore of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on a cosmochemistry project involving micron-scale particles. The title of his project is "Development of Sample Mounting for Stardust Interstellar Candidates." Using test analog grains, Logan is helping to develop techniques and protocols that could be used to prepare and analyze the oxygen isotopic compositions of dust grains, returned by NASA's Stardust Mission, that are suspected to come from the contemporary interstellar dust stream. Final Report
- Kimberly Teehera, a sophomore in Biochemistry with previous trainee experience (2014) studying lava tubes will work with mentor Dr. Norbert Schörghofer of the Institute for Astronomy and co-mentor Myriam Telus of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology on a project titled "Secondary Minerals in Lava Tubes on Mauna Loa." Kimberly will use a variety of analysis techniques to identify minerals and chemical processes from a collection of water and rock samples. Studies of terrestrial ice-filled lava tubes are relevant to the fields of astrobiology and climate of Mars.
- Brian Yamashiro, a senior in Physics will continue to 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. Final Report
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Christina Cauley, a senior in Geology and Anthropology, is continuing to work on a project titled "Remote Sensing and Geologic Map of Chegem Caldera, Russia." Using geospatial software for image processing and mapping, Christina is digitizing and registering 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 on the final map. Dr. Ken Hon of the Department of Geology is serving as mentor. Final Report
- Casey Jones, a junior in Physics, will continue working 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 is working 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. The corrected data allow for calculations of star formation rates. Final Report
- Robert Ponga, a senior in Astronomy and Physics, is continuing to 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 is 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.
- Jasmin Silva, a sophomore in Astronomy and Physics, will combine her interests in astronomy, physics, and math to study the gaseous structure surrounding galaxies and its evolution with time. In her project titled, "Understanding Galactic Evolution through Absorption," Jasmin is using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to construct and analyze composite absorption-line spectra of the cosmic web. Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Astronomy and Physics is serving as mentor.
Spring 2015 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Mānoa:
- Rachel Chang, a senior in Global Environmental Science, will work on a project titled "Investigating Sea-Level Rise and Shoreline Change with Satellites" with mentor Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Rachel will gain experience with coastal geomorphology, tide data, and remote sensing data relevant to shoreline change for areas vulnerable to reshaping and flooding caused by rise in sea levels.
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 Kapi'olani CC: Kalaimoana Garcia, Mitch Mikami, Jackson Pascablo
- From Kauai CC: Nicholas Herrmann, Marcus Yamaguchi, Amber Mokelke, Eric Rita, Brennen Sprenger
- From Windward CC: Elena Barbour, Kalanikapu Copp, Keith Nakamatsu, Cale Mechler, Madori Rumpungworn
Kapiolani Community College:
- Matthew Domenichelli, Joshua Faumuina, Erin Hashimoto, Vincent Nguyen, Bryson Racoma, and Pookela Stillman Reyes are working on a CanSat team with mentor Dr. Hervé Collin of the Math and Sciences Department.
Kauai Community College:
- Steven Westerman is working on a project titled "Operation and Maintenance of Kaua CC's Ground Facility."
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."
Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory—HSFL Trainees:
- Glenn Galvizo, Christianne Izumigawa, Tina Li, Andrew Nguyen, Adrianna Saymo, and Chase Yasunaga are working on the New Mexico Sounding Rocket Team of the CubeSat Research and Development Project.
- Aaron Nagamine and Grant Takara are working on a project titled "Development of the Next Generation of Electromagnetic Torque Rods to Control a Small Satellite."
Summer 2015 Internships
- Christina Cauley (UH Hilo) Summer Internship at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
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