Spring 2017 Undergraduate Fellowships

The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium awarded undergraduate fellowships in the Spring 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 Spring Symposium was held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at UH Mānoa. This was the Symposium Schedule (pdf).

 

Spring 2017 Undergraduate Fellowships

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

BenGershom Yosef Ben Gershom, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, is working with mentor Dr. Weilin Qu of the Department of Mechanical Engineering on a project to study possible improvements for spacecraft thermal control. This project, in collaboration with Fellow Brialyn Onodera, builds upon work by previous Space Grant Fellows. Yosef's project involves simulating body forces experienced by spacecraft and satellites to study the "Effects of Body Forces on Flow Boiling Heat Transfer in Microchannels Through Dynamic Testing."
DelaCruz Marielle Dela Cruz, a senior in Astrophysics, is working on "Analyzing Cometary Dust Tails using Finson-Probstein Modeling." Her mentor is Dr. Karen Meech of the Institute for Astronomy. Marielle is using dust-dynamical modeling to investigate comet tails to better understand dust production rates, particle size distributions, and dust emission velocities, which are relevant to making predictions of the compositions of the volatile materials in comets.
Kahihikolo Kaimi Kahihikolo, a sophomore Astrophysics and Mathematics double major, is working with mentor Dr. Geoffrey Mathews of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on a project titled "Thieving Stars Caught by Kepler: A Search for Intermittent Accretors in Kepler Binary Systems." Kaimi is using data from the 2.0m Faulkes telescope on Haleakala to study three binary star systems. This work supports efforts to better understand mechanisms of Type Ia supernovae and the theory of dark energy accelerating the expansion of the universe.
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.
Onodera Brialyn Onodera, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, is working on the "Body Force Effects on Flow Boiling Heat Transfer in Microchannels." This study is in collaboration with Fellow Yosef Ben Gershom and builds on work by former Space Grant Fellows under the mentorship of Dr. Weilin Qu of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Brialyn aims to improve the design and test the components of a prototype cooling loop for maximum efficiency.
Teodoro Lean Teodoro, a sophomore 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 will be 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."
Tremblay Jason Tremblay, a junior in Geology and Geophysics, is researching 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 will work 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:

  Travis Thieme, a senior Astronomy and Physics double major, is researching "Small-Scale Physical Properties of Nebulae in Nearby Disk Galaxies" with mentor Dr. R. Pierre Martin of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Travis is using data from an imaging spectrometer at the 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawai‘i telescope on Maunakea to study emission lines to better understand massive star formation and chemical enrichment processes in spirals.

  University of Guam:

  Allen Jake Aromin, a junior in Secondary Education, and John Tristan Palanca, a junior 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 will concentrate on the fabrication and Tristan will concentrate on the programming, while both will be responsible for the robot's electrical system, assembly, and testing on simulated Martian ice.

  
 

Spring 2017 Undergraduate Trainees

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

Asaoka Cameron Asaoka, a freshman in Electrical Engineering, is working with mentor Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology to collect reflectance data on soils of different porosities in a project relevant to understanding the polar regions on the Moon. In his project, "Examining Why Lunar Permanently Shadowed Regions Appear Dark in the Ultraviolet," Cameron will gain experience with laboratory techniques and with reflectance data obtained from instruments on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
  
  University of Hawai‘i at Hilo:

  Daryl Albano, a junior in Computer Science, is working with mentor John Hamilton of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Daryl's project "Development of a Computer Vision System for Autonomous Rover Navigation" is in support of the mining robot being constructed for a NASA competition at the Kennedy Space Center that fosters innovative robotic excavation concepts for future missions.

  Callie Crowder, a senior Astronomy and Physics double major, is working with mentor Dr. R. Pierre Martin of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on a project titled "Integration and Commissioning of the new UH Hilo Hoku Ke‘a Observatory." Callie is working on the integration of software and hardware components of the new 0.7-meter telescope that will be used for education and outreach.
  

  Project Imua Trainees:
  Honolulu Community College: Onkar Nerurkar, Syrus Valdivia, Xiao Hau Li, "Monitoring Sub-orbital Flight with Onbaord Cameras and Data Controller."

Kaua‘i and Windward Community Colleges: Nicolas Herrmann, Cale Mechler, Damien Apilando, Pingyang Liu, "A Space Test for the Super Simple Sublimation Rocket (ScubeR)."
  

  Kapi‘olani Community College:
  Jason Salseg and Matthan Mejia, "Toward the Design of an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle for Subsea Exploration on Europa."

  Brian Swilley, "Survey of Elliptical Galaxies in the Vicinity of the Biggest Super Massive Black Holes using the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center."
  

  Leeward Community College CanSat Trainees:
  Jeffrey Bareng, Holly Flores, Jason Marcos, Joseph McConnell, Alejandro Ruck Bega, Kainani Santos, "Team No Na Me‘e."
  

  Windward Community College:
  Tianna Barber, "Identifying and Measuring Geological Features on Mars Photographed by Curiosity near the Bagnold Dunes."


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