"Through my undergraduate career I had heard of the prestige of the University Scholars Program as well as the benefits involved. I am looking to attend Graduate School next year and found the program's support of independent research very enticing. I intend to apply to graduate school, complete my independent research and graduate from the University of Florida."
Dynamics and control of mechanical systems.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- ExxonMobil Scholarship (2011)
- College of Engineering Dean's Scholarship (2010)
- Sylvia T. McKenney Scholarship (2010)
- Golden Key International Honors Society (2010)
- Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society (2009)
- National Hispanic Scholar (2007)
- Pi Tau Sigma
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Society
Hobbies and Interests
- Working out, and dynamics and controls of aerial vehicles.
Deployment Dynamics of a 3U Satellite System
My project aims to examine and test the dynamics of a small satellite system under the conditions of the system’s deployment. More specifically, this small satellite system of stowed length 30 mm be studied by implementing the modeling capabilities of ABAQUS, an extensive software program available to students of the University of Florida. Under the guidance of Dr. Gloria J. Wiens I began forming a distinct course of action in order to better understand the nature this system. Because the project is to be launched into orbit March 2013, a rigorous understanding of the system’s dynamics both during and post deployment of the 1 meter long magnetometer must be developed before manufacturing and testing. The results of my modeling will be integral to the project’s other components in that it will be applied to finding the frequency response function that will be compared to experimental data later collected. The finite element analysis will yield how the system responds to forces and momentum changes in zero gravity space. Without such an analysis, the project has no grounding for design modification or concept of the system’s behavior. For a successful attempt to occur, every instance of the satellite’s mission must be mapped out and controlled. The dynamics analysis informs the research group of precisely that. Once initial modeling and design modifications are complete, I will be hosted by Kirtland Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in Albuquerque to test the manufactured satellite system with state-of-the-art flight dynamics technology. The AFRL testing will be used to determine how accurate the analytical models previously developed were and what components of the model should be altered to ensure the most precise dynamic modeling is constructed.