Mentor: Dr. Wiens
College of Engineering
"I applied to the Scholars program because I wanted to take on the challenge of publishing my own work and presenting it at a symposium. I hope to enhance my research skills to prepare for graduate school."
Nano-Satellites Space Structures Ion Propulsion Systems Robotics
AGMUS Conference Puerto Rico Best Undergraduate Poster September 2012
Gate Millennium Scholarship/Fellowship May 2009
Tau Beta Pi President April 2012 – Present
Sigma Gamma Tau Vice-President January 2012 – Present
Tau Beta Pi Corporate Dinner Director April 2012 – Nov 2012
Pi Tau Sigma Service Chair August 2011 – Present
Tau Beta Pi FE Review Coordinator December 2011 - May 2012
Tau Beta Pi Recording Secretary May 2011 - May 2012
Tau Beta Pi GatorTRAX (K-12) Coordinator May 2011 - May 2011
Hobbies and Interests
Nano-Satellite Folding Mechanisms
The purpose of this research is to systematically assess the enhanced functionality as well as the limitations of folding mechanisms for small satellite applications. These mechanisms offer solutions as innovative and novel deployable structures/mechanisms for enabling advanced small satellites mission capabilities. Given the volume of small satellites such mechanisms allow for high packaging efficiency, by utilizing minimal degrees of freedom for complex systems deployments. In addition, folding mechanisms can be used for solar panel deployment, increasing the surface area thus, increasing the power input to the satellites. Upon orbit, these mechanisms offer critical sensor placement outside the satellite’s stowed dimensions; the unfolding of a stowed telescope’s optical path via placement deployment of the optics.