Archive for March, 2018

2017 Fellows

2017-18 Space Grant Fellows


First Name Last Name University
Morgan Matheny Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Bryan Hare University of South Florida
Linda Rossman The University of Central Florida 
Oscar Deng University of Florida
Margaret  Gallant Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Rebecca Griffith Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


First Name Last Name University
Tatiana Eggers University of South Florida
Akshita Parupalli University of Central Florida
Angie Diaz University of Central Florida
Jessica Chambers University of Central Florida
Alexandrea Duscher University of Florida
Andrea Hughes Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Corinne Fletcher Florida Institute of Technology

2016 Fellows

2016-17 Space Grant Fellows


First Name Last Name University
Brandi McPherson University of Central Florida
Joseph Lopez University of Central Florida
Chase Camarotti University of Florida



First Name Last Name University
Jonathan Sosa University of Central Florida
Michelle Henderson University of South Florida
Michael Finch Florida Institute of Technology
Jesus Dominguez Florida Institute of Technology
Michael Villar University of Central Florida
Zoe Landsman University of Central Florida
Trisha Doyle Florida Institute of Technology

FSRP 2017

2017 FSRP Awardees




Space Exploration
Aniket Bhattacharya UCF Bouncing Barrier Problem in Planet Formation
Beni Dangi FAMU Laboratory Studies of Planetary and Exoplanetary Atmospheres
RyanKobrick ERAU Increasing Spaceflight Analogue Mission Fidelity by Standardization of Extravehicular 
    Activity Metrics Tracking and Analysis
Subith Vasu UCF  Novel and Robust Sensors for Detecting Planetary Gases-
Targeting Mars
Space Technology
Bradford Towle Fl Poly Applying Ant Colony Optimization to Exploratory Robotics in an unknown Environment
Daniel Kirk FIT Autonomous Control of Spacecraft Orbital Refueling (ACSOR)
Kawai Kwok UCF Adaptive Flexible Composites for Deployable Spacecraft Structures
Seetha Raghavan UCF Advanced thermal and environmental barrier coating configurations for durability 
     in reusable systems under extreme environments
Sung Hee Joo Miami Multifunctional Nanostructured Sensors with Structural Property in Space Applications 
Space based Research and Payload
Arman Sargolzaei FL Poly Smart Sensory skin technology for health monitoring and comfort enhancement
Jayan Thomas UCF Fibers with self-sustainable energy for space applications
Ranga Narayanan UF Faraday Instability of Fluids in Microgravity
Woo Hyoung Lee UCF Sustainable Energy Production from Oily Liquid Wastes using Micro Fuel Cells (MFCs)
Space Education and Training Program
John Hewitt UNF Integration of Programming and Modern Research 
    Tools into Astronomy courses at UNF


FSRP 2016


Space Exploration & Spaceport Technology Development Awards
PI University Project Title
Dr. Debashish Chanda UCF Multi Spectral Uncooled Low SWaP Printed Infrared Detectors for Spectroscopic Chemical Analysis during Long Space Missions
Dr. Hongbo Su FAU An Intefrated Computer Vision System to Support the Outer Space Exploration
Dr. Robert Ferl UF UF in the Antarctic EDEN module in collaboration with DLR
Dr. Jacob Chung UF Two-Phase Fluid Dynamic and Heat Transfer Effects on In-Space Cryogenics Propellant Management Devices
Dr. Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos Miami Tensegrity Modules for Shape Control and Locomation Through Simulation and Physical Rapid Prototying
Dr. Stephen Kuebler UCF Light Concentrators for Next -Generation Imaging, Energy Harvesting and Opitcal Computingr
Dr. Sudipta Seal UCF Nanomaterial for Radiation Protection Through DNA-Materials Interaction
Dr. Ali Ghahremaninezhad Miami Indigenous materials for space construction using 3D printing
Space-Based Research and Payload Development Awards
PI University Project Title
Dr. Sathya Gangadharan ERAU Modeling and Experimental Validation of a Novel on On-Orbit Propellant Storage and Transfer System
Dr. Riccardo Bevilacqua UF Solar Sail Cubesats for Mars GPS and Communication Services
Dr. Ranga Narayanan UF Evaporative Heat-Transfer – An Application to Temperature Control of Space Habitats
Dr. Eric Hsiao FSU Improving the precision of Type Ia Supernova for WFIRST
Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee UCF Renewable Microalgal Hydrogen Production
Dr. Robert Austin Fl Poly Trehalose and Tetrahymena: A Space Life
Space Education and Training Programs Awards
PI University Project Title
Dr. Glenn Thompson USF Seismic and Infrasound Recording of Rockets Launches from KSC
Dr. Kevin Huffenberger FSU Research Training with NASA Mission Science Data
Dr. Terry Oswalt ERAU A Search for Planetary Survivors among Highly Evoled Host Stars

For Spacesuit Designers, 3-D Beats 2-D – FSGC funded project (AirSpace Magazine)

For Spacesuit Designers, 3-D Beats 2-D

Motion capture software may help engineers improve outerwear for astronauts.

No astronaut would dare venture out into the vacuum of space without the protection of a spacesuit. But that’s not to say the bulky garments are comfortable, or that they don’t create problems of their own.

 In fact, astronauts wearing spacesuits often find that their range of motion decreases by several degrees during spacewalks. And in a moment of crisis during a future mission to Mars, that could prove to be a critical design flaw.


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