Spring 2018 Undergraduate Fellowships

The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium awarded undergraduate fellowships in the Spring of 2018 to students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Hilo. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses.

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Spring 2017 Undergraduate Fellowships

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

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.
  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.

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Trainees

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

Achenbach Mark Achenbach, 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."
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.