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SUMMER INTERNS - 2009
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Back row: Tim Roberts, Riley Patterson, Ross Finman, Josh Caputo, Scott Moreland, Cason Male, Albert Ho, David Maiden Mueller, Daniel Grieneisen, Alex Palkovic, Jeff Wagner. Front row: Ruslan Kurdyumov, Lilit Abramyan, Michelle Chang, Lisa Perez, Arash Ushani, Samantha Ainsley, Kent Koyanagi, Robert Paolini, Eduardo Almeida. Not shown: Michael Bowerman, Yeyson Carrillo, Yuri Carrillo, Claudia Corona, David Eld, Paul Filitchkin, Chi Wan Ko, Christopher Maclellan, Eric Markvicka, Jeremy Mason, Paul Matsumoto, Russell Newman, Heriberto Reynoso, Matthew Torok, Kevin Yu.
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Blue Line
Back row: Tim Roberts, Riley Patterson, Ross Finman, Josh Caputo, Scott Moreland, Cason Male, Albert Ho, David Maiden Mueller, Daniel Grieneisen, Alex Palkovic, Jeff Wagner.

Front row: Ruslan Kurdyumov, Lilit Abramyan, Michelle Chang, Lisa Perez, Arash Ushani, Samantha Ainsley, Kent Koyanagi, Robert Paolini, Eduardo Almeida.

Not shown: Michael Bowerman, Yeyson Carrillo, Yuri Carrillo, Claudia Corona, David Eld, Paul Filitchkin, Chi Wan Ko, Christopher Maclellan, Eric Markvicka, Jeremy Mason, Paul Matsumoto, Russell Newman, Heriberto Reynoso, Matthew Torok, Kevin Yu.

Blue Line

Name Home Institution Program Point of Contact Task Name
Lilit Abramyan Univ of California, Los Angeles Space Grant A. Elfes TAOSF
Activity: Help design and implement a new Scalable Image Processing Framework for processing very large images of planetary bodies.
Samantha Ainsley Columbia Univ, NY Space Grant A. Jain DIO LSOS Configuration
Activity: The student will conduct numerical experiments and analysis to study the performance of the new internal coordinate algorithms being developed against traditional Cartesian simulations to evaluate, analyse and validate the performance of the new algorithms.
Eduardo Almeida Brown Univ, RI Space Grant C. Padgett Angel Fire
Activity: The individual will work with an existing team in developing an automated 3D-Terrain generation process from 2D aerial imagery. The work involves finding and tracking features, deriving the estimated pose of the imagery, and determining the most likely elevation of the observed terrain.
Michael Bowerman Harvey Mudd College, CA SpaceSHIP P. Younse ASTEP-AMASE
Activity: Mechanical assembly, Solidworks design, electrical integration, testing.
Joshua Caputo Carnegie Mellon Univ, PA USRP J. Matthews Athlete
Activity: Mechanical engineering, mechatronics, robotics, actuation, etc.
Yeyson Carrillo MIT Univ, MA SpaceSHIP P. Younse ASTEP-AMASE
Activity: Mechanical assembly, Solidworks design, electrical integration, testing.
Yuri Carrillo CA Polytechnic State Univ, San Luis Obispo MII M. Garrett AMASE
Activity: Design, build, and use an automated power testing system to test and rejuvenate rechargeable battery packs for use on the AMASE expedition. Also design, build, and use a motor driver board tester and interface. The above will be applied to validate expedition resources.
Michelle Chang MIT Univ, MA SURP J. Townsend ATHLETE T&O
Activity: The student will assist with testing of the new Tri-ATHLETE prototype and development of operational procedures in preparation for field testing in late August, 2009. Student responsibilities can include test planning, test execution, scripting, debugging, mechanical design, and development of procedures for execution of field operations.
Claudia Corona CALS Early College HS, CA MII J. Townsend ATHLETE T&O
Activity: The student will assist with testing of the new Tri-ATHLETE prototype and development of operational procedures in preparation for field testing in late August, 2009. Student responsibilities can include test planning, test execution, scripting, debugging, mechanical design, and development of procedures for execution of field operations.
David Eld Univ of Idaho Space Grant J. Hall Aerobots
Activity: The student will conduct laboratory experiments to measure the thrust versus rpm performance of the engine and propeller combination used on the blimp testbed.
Paul Filitchkin Oregan State Univ Space Grant P. Backes NRA support Mini Mass Spec
Activity: Student will participate in logic design using conventional and simultronics gates for next gen instruments such as miniaturized mass spectrometer.
Ross Finman Carnegie Mellon Univ, PA Space Grant J. Matthews ATHLETE
Activity: Mechanical engineering, mechatronics, robotics, actuation, etc.
Daniel Grieneisen F. W. Olin College, MA Space Grant J. Cameron DIO LSOS Configuration
Activity: The student will conduct numerical experiments and analysis to study the performance of the new internal coordinate algorithms being developed against traditional Cartesian simulations to evaluate, analyse and validate the performance of the new algorithms.
Albert Ho CalTech Univ, CA Space Grant A. Jain DIO LSOS Configuration
Activity: The student is expected to be familiar with rigid body dynamics. Exposure to multibody dynamics would be a plus. The student will work closely with the mentor to understand and implement techniques from the Spatial Operator Algebra to support the new capabilities.
Chi Wan Ko MIT Univ, MA Space Grant R. Hogg MSL
Activity: The student will help with the replacement of drive and mast motors, design, manufacture, and mechanical construction of new motor driver board mounts, and wiring and harnes manufacture for motors, driver boards, and rover computer.
Christopher MacLellan Univ of Wyoming Space Grant R. Hogg Pluto
Activity: The student will help with the replacement of drive and mast motors, design, manufacture, and mechanical construction of new motor driver board mounts, and wiring and harnes manufacture for motors, driver boards, and rover computer.
David Maiden Mueller Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, NY Space Grant A. Jain SARAH Robot Study
Activity: The student is expected to be familiar with rigid body dynamics. Exposure to multibody dynamics would be a plus. The student will work closely with the mentor to understand and implement techniques from the Spatial Operator Algebra to support the new capabilities.
Cason Male Carnegie Mellon Univ, PA Space Grant P. Backes Pluto
Activity: The researcher will assist in the design, fabrication, and test of robotic mobility systems or sampling systems for Mars and small body sampling.
Eric Markvicka Univ of Nebraska Space Grant B. Kennedy SARAH
Activity: Student will be responsible for the CAD design of the concept robot, as well as the design, fabrication, and assembly of demonstration hardware.
Jeremy Mason Georgia Inst of Tech, GA SUM B. Kennedy SARAH
Activity: Student will be responsible for the CAD design of the concept robot, as well as the design, fabrication, and assembly of demonstration hardware.
Paul Matsumoto Fullerton College, CA SURF A. Stroupe Mini-Rover
Activity: Student will design and test the viability of an experimental mini-rover principle which will allow the rover to traverse many of these negative slopes through the process of changing the mini-rover's center of mass and shape/configuration thus using the force of gravity to maintain a naturally stable contact with the surface being traversed.
Scott Moreland Carnegie Mellon Univ, PA Space Grant J. Matthews ATHLETE
Activity: Student will construct a draw-bar pull test apparatus that will enable the objective characterization of ATHLETE's mobility performance. Student will also create algorithms that improve the slope climbing capability of ATHLETE based on the data collected with the drawbar pull apparatus.
Russell Newman CalTech Univ, CA SUM N. Serrano LMMP
Activity: The student will help with various tasks related to this work including gathering ground truth for validation of the crater, rock, and slope/roughness algorithms.
Alex J. Palkovic Villanova Univ, PA SURF H. Nayar Lunar Surface Operations Simulator
Activity: User interface software development.
Robert Paolini CalTech Univ, CA SURF P. Backes SHEC Sample Handling Control
Activity: The researcher will assist in the design, fabrication, and test of robotic mobility systems or sampling systems for Mars and small body sampling.
Riley Patterson CalTech Univ, CA Space Grant J. Yen MER
Activity: Student will create a set of the mobility records from the downlink of Bsol 1291 to those of Bsol 1634 for performance analysis.
Lisa Lynn Perez Univ of Michigan USRP J. Townsend ATHLETE T&O
Activity: The student will assist with testing of the new Tri-ATHLETE prototype and development of operational procedures in preparation for field testing in late August, 2009. Student responsibilities can include test planning, test execution, scripting, debugging, mechanical design, and development of procedures for execution of field operations.
Heriberto Reynoso Univ Texas at Brownsville MUST C. Padgett Angel Fire
Activity: The student will be asked to work with an existing team in developing an automated 3D-Terrain generation process from 2D aerial imagery.
Timothy Roberts Univ of Michigan Space Grant K. Ali MER
Activity: The student will update the procedures for our CETB and SSTB testbeds, creating both soft and hard copies. This will require the student to interview the primary testbed users to identify updates. Also, the student will review all reusable sequences already onboard the rovers and macros used to create new sequences. Some of these sequences and macros need to be updated to account for the new capabilities of the latest flight software update on the rovers.
Matthew Torok Clemson Univ, SC Space Grant J. Matthews ATHLETE - Tweel
Activity: Mechanical engineering, mechatronics, robotics, actuation, etc.
Arash Ushani F. W. Olin College, MA SURF R. Mukherjee IMSAH
Activity: The student will be involved in a) developing python modules for interfacing a visualization package with a configuration kinematics package b) developing methodologies for importing and quickly creating realistic models of systems using the tool c) developing python modules for user command dictionaries d) developing a methodology for making movies using existing capabilities and e) testing and demonstrating robust performance of the tool.
Jefferey Wagner Claremont McKenna College, CA Space Grant A. Jain Angel Fire
Activity: The student is expected to be familiar with rigid body dynamics. Exposure to multibody dynamics would be a plus. The student will work closely with the mentor to understand and implement techniques from the Spatial Operator Algebra to support the new capabilities.
Kevin Yu Arcadia High School, CA SUM P. Backes IMSAH
Activity: The student will assist in the design, fabrication, and test of robotic mobility systems or sampling systems for Mars and small body sampling.


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