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NASA Space Technology Research Fellows—2014 Class
July 30, 2014
Student Host Univeristy Research Topic
Albertson, Theodore California Institute of Technology Microfluidic Array of Externally Fed Electrospray Thrusters for Micro-Propulsion
Andersen, Allen Utah State University Enhanced Predictions of Time to Critical Dielectric Breakdown of Materials under Prolonged Exposure to Space Plasma Environments
Aziz, Jonathan University of Colorado, Boulder Low-Thrust Many-Revolution Trajectory Optimization
Bartels, Joseph Carnegie Mellon University Roving in the Permanently Shadowed Regions of Planetary Bodies
Bennett, Trevor University of Colorado, Boulder Electrostatic Detumble of Space Objects
Bertagne, Christopher Texas A&M University Variable Geometry Radiators Using Shape Memory Alloys
Betancourt-Martinez, Gabriele University of Maryland, College Park Focal Plane Development for the Transition-Edge EBIT Microcalorimeter Spectrometer
Blette, David Georgia Institute of Technology Vehicle Staging Analysis of the Transition to Supersonic Retropropulsion during Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing
Bodenschatz, Cameron Clemson University A Combined Density Functional Theory and Monte Carlo Approach for Quantifying Catalytic Energies in a Liquid Environment
Chait, Sean Georgia Institute of Technology Small Satellite Proximity Operations Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Bed Development
Chaudhuri, Saptarshi Stanford University Quantum-Limited Amplifiers for Detector Arrays on NASA's Inflation Probe
Dale, Ethan University of Michigan Investigation of the Hall effect thruster breathing mode and spoke mode instabilities in the very near field
Dane, Andrew Massachusetts Institute of Technology Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors for High-Data-Rate Deep-Space Optical Communication
Friesen, Jeffrey University of California, San Diego Modular Joints for Soft Robots
Friss, Adam Colorado State University Cavity Enhanced Thomson Scattering Diagnostic for Electron Measurements in Weakly Ionized Discharges
Goldfinger, David Massachusetts Institute of Technology The Micro-X High Resolution X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer
Hall, Scott University of Michigan Characterization of a 100-kW Three Channel Nested Hall Thruster
Harrington, Kathleen Johns Hopkins University Polarized Microwave Background Technologies for Inflationary Gravitational Wave Detection
Hayes, Kathryn Vanderbilt University Establishing a quantitative relationship between ion and pulsed-laser induced single event soft errors in advanced semiconductor devices
Headrick, Robert Rice University Scalable solution processing of pristine carbon nanotubes for self-assembled, tunable materials with direct application to space technologies
Higdon, Kyle University of Texas at Austin Application of the MCMC Method for the Calibration of DSMC Parameters to NASA EAST Results for Ionizing, Radiating Hypersonic FLows
Holquist, Jordan University of Colorado, Boulder Direct Generation of Oxygen via Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide in an Ionic Liquid
Holt, Joshua SUNY, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Resistive memory devices for radiation resistant non-volatile memory
Iacchetta, Alexander University of Rochester Astro-Interferometric Modeling and Spatio-Spectral Reconstruction
Jenett, Benjamin Massachusetts Institute of Technology Topological Optimization and Automated Construction for Lightweight Structures
Johnson, Steven University of Wisconsin, Madison Automated Task Monitoring, Feedback and Training for Critical Missions
Kruse, Corey University of Nebraska, Lincoln Heat Transfer Enhancement and Thermal Management for Space Applications Employing Femtosecond Laser Processed Metallic Surfaces with Micro/Nanostructures
Ku, Li Yang University of Massachusetts, Amherst Integration of Robotic Perception and Action
Lasota, Przemyslaw Massachusetts Institute of Technology Developing an Adaptive Robotic Assistant for Close-Proximity Human-Robot Interaction in Space Environments
Leibowitz, Matthew California Institute of Technology Hypervelocity Expansion Tube Studies of Blunt Body Aerothermodynamics in CO2
Li, Richard Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hierarchical Composites with Nanostructured Reinforcement for Multifunctional Aerospace Structures
Markon, Ian South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Characterization of Printed Components Under Space Conditions
Meier, Eric Purdue University Flame Propagation in a Dump Combustor with Shear Layer Excitation
Mela, Christopher University of Akron A Miniature Multimodal Imaging System for Medical Diagnostics and Interventions in Space
Mousavi, Aliyeh Stanford University Development of a mechanically versatile bioreactor system as a cellular microgravity countermeasure for regenerative medicine applications
Olson, Aaron University of Wisconsin, Madison Lunar Volatiles Extraction Technology for Future Fusion Power and Multi-Outpost Scale Human Space Exploration
Otis, Richard Pennsylvania State University Computational design of an additive manufacturing process to produce tailorable, multifunctional gradient alloys
Owens, Andrew Massachusetts Institute of Technology Quantifying the Value of Resilience in Long-Duration Space Systems
Pendleton, Megan University of California, Berkeley Ductility of Individual Trabeculae as a Measurement of Bone Quality to Predict Risk of Fracture
Plucinsky, Paul California Institute of Technology Liquid Crystal Elastomer Membranes and the Wrinkling Instability
Richardson, Ian Washington State University Hydrogen-Helium Mixtures: Fundamental Measurements, Neutral Droplet Buoyancy, Evaporation, and Boiling
Riesing, Kathleen Massachusetts Institute of Technology Design of a Laser Communications Module for Small Satellites
Riggs, A J Eldorado Princeton University Optimal Electric Field Estimation for Exoplanet Imaging Observatories in Space
Sidor, Adam Georgia Institute of Technology Development of Conformal Ablative Thermal Protection Material and Fabrication Process
Stanchfield, Sara University of Pennsylvania Developing Kinetic Inductance Detectors for the Balloon‐borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope –BLAST
Storey, Jedediah Florida Institute of Technology Experimental, Numerical and Analytical Characterization of Slosh Dynamics Applied to In-Space Propellant Storage, Management, and Transfer
Swenson, Travis Stanford University Leveraging Chaos in Continuous Thrust Trajectory Design
Tabib, Wennie Carnegie Mellon University Automated Precision Maneuvering and Landing in Extreme and Constrained Environments
Talmor, Michal Worcester Polytechnic Institute Study of Micro/Nano Scale EDH-Driven Flow Distribution Control and Heat Transfer Enhancement for Thermal Control Systems
Truong, Hieu Texas A&M University Creating and Understanding Hybrid Interfaces of Multifunctional Composite Laminates for Extreme Environments
Vadhavkar, Nikhil Massachusetts Institute of Technology Modular portable life support system (PLSS) to increase EVA mobility and reduce consumables
Vecchioni, Simon Columbia University BioWires: DNA-based nanowires for conductivity-enhanced, self-assembling nanoelectronics
Watterson, Michael University of Pennslyvania Monocular SLAM for Smart SPHERES
Willits, Jared Purdue University Performance Characterization of Alternative Hypergolic Propellants

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