I am interested in small satellites and the application of drag-free technology for future satellites missions.
I am working with Prof. Dan DeBra, Prof. Bob Byer and the Space Gravity Research Group (Spacegrav)
on the Ultraviolet LED (UV LED) charge control system which is part of the Modular Gravitational Reference Sensor. We are working
with NASA Ames Research Center and KACST on a satellite mission to pioneer the first UV LED
charge control system in space.
You can find some of my papers and projects listed below.
I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where I received my M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2011.
Prior to Stanford, I studied Aerospace Engineering at The University of California at San Diego, where I received my B.S. in 2009.
I am currently funded by the ASEE NDSEG fellowship, with my award sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
At UCSD, I helped build UAVs as part of the AUVSI team and served as PM; we placed second in 2009. I also spent two summers in the Guidance Analysis Department at The Aerospace Corporation, a summer in the Robotics Academy at NASA Ames, and three summers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
|LAGRANGE: LAser GRavitational-wave ANtenna at GEo-lunar Lagrange points||J.W. Conklin et al||arXiv:1111.5264v2|
|UV LED charge control of an electrically isolated proof mass in a Gravitational Reference Sensor configuration at 255 nm||Karthik Balakrishnan et al||arXiv:1202.0585v1|