Electrical Power System

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MITCHELL KURNELL

Position: Electrical Power Specialist, Team Leader

Area of Study: Level V Engineering Physics & Society, minor in Astronomy

Member Since:  January 2015

Science/Engineering Interests: Research and implementation of alternative power sources, such as solar. I intended to pursue a career in developing power systems for future space missions.

Motivation: I joined NEUDOSE to gain insight into the space technology field and to help pioneer a new group at McMaster. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to build a space satellite while doing my undergraduate degree. Furthermore, the realization that the research we will be conducting with this project may one day benefit people travelling to space is absolutely amazing.

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MATTHEW SPECIALE

Position: Junior Solar Systems Specialist

Area of Study: Level II Integrated Science

Member Since:  May 2017

Science/Engineering Interests: I have an interest in different aspects of every science, which is why I applied to integrated sciences. As of now, I don't really have a particular preference for any specific area of science, they all resonate with me in a different way. In addition, I find it interesting to apply learned concepts to real world applications.

Motivation: Space has always fascinated me. I first heard about NEUDOSE in October of 2016 when Erica and Eric gave a presentation to the iSci class of 2020. I found it inspiring how a team of undergraduate students would be able to accomplish something so amazin, and I knew it was something I wanted to be apart of. I knew that hard work and dedication would be involved, but I'm always up for a challenge, and I was sure that I'd enjoy the process just as much as the end result.

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AMANDA THOMAS

Position: Junior Electrical Power Specialist

Area of Study: Level V Electrical Engineering

Member Since:  September 2017

Science/Engineering Interests: Photonic Devices, Power Electronics, Robotics, Control Systems, Microwave Engineering, Computer Programming, Space Exploration.

Motivation: Up until this point I felt as though I hadn't really applied my engineering skills to any sort of meaningful project, so when I head about the McMaster NEUDOSE mission I was excited at the prospect of being able to combine all of my favourite aspects of my undergraduate degree to make a meaningful contribution to space exploration. McMaster NEUDOSE brings about a plethora of interesting challenges that I am excited to help take on. It is a unique opportunity to be a part of something that has never been done at McMaster before and to be a part of something that may advance our knowledge of space.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-thomas-37589999

Groundstation Team

ANTHONY MANSOUR

Position: Ground Station Specialist, Team Leader

Area of Study: Level IV Process Automation

Member Since:  January 2017

Science/Engineering Interests: Process Automation, Machine Learning, Computer Programming, Robotics, Space Exploration, Radio Communication

Motivation: Ever since I was a kid thrilled by Rubik's cubes, I loved the concept of consistent and efficient algorithms. Nowadays I strive to create the leanest procedure for every repeatable task in my daily life, such as the quickest method to spread peanut butter while maintaining an even surface coverage or the most efficient shoelace tying algorithm. This eventually translated into a passion for physical and digital robots, or pretty much anything that can repeat a process autonomously. So naturally, I was ecstatic when I heard that McMaster NEUDOSE needed a fully autonomous satellite communication ground station that would track and follow satellites across the sky as well as pass data back and forth. It's also such a unique and exciting opportunity to be working in the field of outer space and hopefully one day I'll get to ride a Dragon to Mars.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-mansour-1a2965a4/

BRIAN MCCRINDLE

Position: Groundstation Specialist & ADCS Control Systems Specialist

Area of Study: Level IV Engineering Physics

Member Since:  September 2016

Science/Engineering Interests: It's fascinating to look at the deeper meaning as to why thing are they way they are in the physical world. With that said, I'm interested in the fields of Quantum Physics/ Quantum Computing, Radiation Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Optics, Control Systems, Space, and much more. 

Motivation: The opportunity to combine my interests of Radiation Sciences and Space was an opportunity I could not pass up on. The NEUDOSE mission is an ambitious, but important project to be tackling. I am motivated to contribute to the team and push the limits of what we know as a society about space and space exploration.what we know as a society about space and space exploration.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/brian-mccrindle-06768897

Instrument Team

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KYLE JACKSON

Position: Junior Instrument Specialist

Area of Study: Level II Life Sciences, Origins of Diseases 

Member Since:  May 2017

Science/Engineering Interests:  I am interested in biology - specifically, human anatomy and human pathology. More recently, I have discovered the fields of medical physics and Nuclear medicine. They represent important aspects of modern medicine and illustrate key applications of the understanding of how particles interact with human tissue. 

Motivation: I joined the team because of my deep fascination for, and love of, space. Growing up, I always enjoyed science fiction and the idea of space exploration. I've long wanted to contribute to Canada's space initiative and this team affords me the opportunity to do just that.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-jackson-a79a53142

Investigators

   

 

 

dr. Andrei Hanu

Institution: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Contact: andrei.hanu@nasa.gov and hanua@mcmaster.ca

Areas of Research:

  • CubeSats for space radiation dosimetry and particle tracking
  • Position sensitive radiation dosimeters for future deep space missions
  • Micro-pattern gas detectors for low mass space telescopes, particle tracking, medical imaging, and radiation dosimetry

Motivation: Space exploration is an ongoing adventure that captivates our imagination resulting in scientific and technological breakthroughs that benefit all of humanity. Currently, space programmes are shifting from government-driven strategies to commercial-driven initiatives with a common long term goal of sending humans to Mars and beyond. This means access to space is becoming cheaper and more frequent. However, one the biggest threats to any manned space exploration mission remains the harsh radiation environment and its health effects on astronauts. The NEUDOSE mission concept grew out of the need to developed advanced radiation dosimeters that lower the risk of deep space mission by providing superior radiation exposure monitoring. McMaster University is one of the world’s foremost institutions on health effects from radiation exposure and is ideally suited to address this challenge. NEUDOSE is the first of many CubeSat missions from McMaster University that will test advanced radiation monitoring technologies and train the next generation of Canadian scientists. This is a good time to like space!

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Dr. Soo Hyun Byun

Institution: McMaster University - Department of Physics & Astronomy

Contact: soohyun@mcmaster.ca

Website: McMaster University Faculty Page

  • Accelerator neutron source and neutron spectrometry - Development of a pulsed neutron source, Monte Carlo modeling of neutron detector responses, Digital pulse shape analysis and unfolding algorithm, High resolution 3He neutron ion chamber development, Advanced neutron long counter development
  • Advanced gaseous detector development - THick Gas Electron Multiplier (THGEM) detector fabrication study, THGEM imaging detector development, THGEM 2-D microdosimetric detector development, THGEM multi-element microdosimetric detector development, THGEM tritium detector development  
  • Digital neutron imaging - Neutron converter optimization study, THGEM neutron imaging detector development, Digital 2-D position readout and signal processing development
  • Microdosimetry - Application to mixed neutron-gamma ray field dosimetry, Monte Carlo modelling for microdosimetric response , Advanced microdosimetric detector developments towards enhanced response and efficiency 
  • Ultra low-level radioactivity measurement  - Digital coincidence gamma-ray spectrometer development, Ultra low-level 60Co analysis, 226Ra in vivo analysis for live fish 
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Dr. ERIC JOHNSTON

Institution: Bubble Technology Industries

Science/Engineering Interests: My interests include detection of trace elements using Polarized Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (Polarized EDXRF), compositional analysis of tissue samples using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Diffraction (EDXRD), and  designing and building a combination polarized EDXRF and EDXRD system for classifying diseased tissues. Other interests include radiation detector instrumentation design, machine learning for physics applications, and medical equipment design.

Motivation: I have always had an interest in space exploration and with recent developments trending towards the commercialization of space, the field is rapidly growing. I find the design constraints on engineering a space ready system intriguing, and I enjoy the challenge they provide. 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-johnston-924292125/

Dr. Stanley Hunter

Institution: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Contact: stanley.d.hunter@nasa.gov

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Dr. Fiona McNeill

Institution: McMaster University - Department of Physics & Astronomy

Contact: fmcneill@mcmaster.ca

 

Management Team

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ERICA DAO

Position: Project Manager & Web Master

Area of Study: PhD Student - Radiation Sciences (Medical Physics)

Member Since:  January 2015

Science/Engineering Interests: Compositional imaging of cancerous tissues using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Diffraction (EDXRD), Measuring Iron in the skin using XRF as a surrogate marker for total body iron burden for diseases such as Beta Thalassemia

Motivation: Space travel is a growing field of research, and with the upcoming interest in human missions to Mars, the implications of this activity to human health must be known. As a student in medical physics, I've always had an interest in how radiation is utilized in medical practices and its effects on the human body. This new project combines my interests in dosimetry and health studies in one unique project!

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daoerica