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Abdulaziz Alhassan

Abdulaziz Alhassan

S.M. Candidate, Computation for Design and Optimization (CDO)

B.Sc Computer Science-First Class Honours, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals '13

Research Area: Spatio-temporal modelling and analysis of infrastructure performance under climatic conditions

Contact: alhassan@mit.edu

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Edoardo F. Colombo

Edoardo F. Colombo

Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, IDSS

S.M. Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, '12
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano '10

Research Area: Industry platforms Design, Change Ilities, Open Innovation, Cyber-physical Systems

Ph.D. Thesis Title:"Open Innovation meets changeability: strategic design analyses for cyber-physical industry platforms" (tentative)

S.M. Thesis: "Feasibility study of an active hydraulic secondary suspension for high-speed trains"

Edoardo F. Colombo is affiliated with the Kaemart Group (Politecnico di Milano).

Journal Articles
[2014] Active carbody roll control in railway vehicle using hydraulic actuation (Edoardo F. Colombo, Egidio Di Gialleonardo, Alan Facchinetti, Stefano Bruni), In Control Engineering Practice, 2014. [bib]
Conference Papers
[2015] A simplified mathematical model for two-sided market systems with an intervening engineered platform (Kaushik Sinha, Edoardo F. Colombo, Narek Shougarian, Olivier L. de Weck), In IDETC Conference 2015, 2015. [bib]
[2015] Impact of architecture types and degree of modularity on change propagation indices (Edoardo F. Colombo, Gaetano Cascini, Olivier L. de Weck), In ICED Conference 2015, 2015. [bib]
[2014] Complexity as information content and its implications for systems design (Edoardo F. Colombo, Gaetano Cascini), In DESIGN Conference 2014, 2014. [bib]
[2013] Study of an active hydraulic anti-roll bar device for high-speed railway vehicle (Edoardo F. Colombo, Egidio Di Gialleonardo, Alan Facchinetti, Stefano Bruni), In IAVSD Conference 2013, 2013. [bib]
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Contact: ecolombo@mit.edu

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Sydney Do

Sydney Do

Ph.D. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics

S.M. Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '11
B.E. Aerospace Engineering (Honors 1 and University Medal), University of Sydney, Australia '07

Research Area: Space Habitation and Life Support, Space Systems, System Lifecycle Properties (Sustainability)

Ph.D. Thesis Title: "Towards Planetary Colonization - Technology Selection and Tradespace Exploration of Ultra-Long Duration Crewed Space System Architectures" (tentative)

S.M. Thesis: "An Airbag-Based Crew Impact Attenuation System for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle" [PDF]

Sydney Do is also associated with the MIT Space Systems Laboratory

Journal Articles
[2014] A Design Proposal for Asaph-1: A Human Mission to Phobos (Jason Price, Melissa Tanner, Siddarth Krishnamoorthy, Ashley Chadwick, Andrew Dahir, Abhijeet Kumar, Ashley Williams, Chantz Thomas, Osazonamen Igbinosun, Paul Nizenkov, Karin Schlottke, Emil Nathanson, Sherrie Hall, Sydney Do, Jan Kolmas, Bakari Hassan), In Journal of Space Operations, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
[2012] A Personal Airbag System for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (Sydney Do, Olivier L. de Weck), In Acta Astronautica, 2012. [bib]
Conference Papers
[2015] Benefits of Additive Manufacturing for Human Exploration of Mars (Andrew C. Owens, Sydney Do, Andrew E. Kurtz, Olivier L. de Weck), In 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 2015. [bib] [doi]
[2014] An Independent Assessment of the Technical Feasibility of the Mars One Mission plan (Sydney Do, Koki Ho, Samuel Schreiner, Andrew Owens, Olivier L. de Weck), In 65th International Astronautical Congress, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] A Grammar for Encoding and Synthesizing Life Support System Architectures using the Object Process Methodology (Sydney Do, Olivier de Weck), In , 2014. [bib]
[2013] Innovative Conceptual Engineering Design (ICED): Creativity and Innovation in a CDIO-Like Curriculum (Charles J. Camarda, Olivier L. de Weck, Sydney Do), In Proceedings of the 9th International CDIO Conference, 2013. [bib]
[2012] An Integrated Modeling Framework for Analyzing the Sustainability of Planetary Surface Habitats (Sydney Do, Olivier L. de Weck), In Global Space Exploration Conference, 2012. [bib]
[2011] A Personal Airbag System for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (Sydney Do, Olivier L. de Weck), In 62nd International Astronautical Congress, 2011. [bib]
[2011] Feasibility Study of an Airbag-Based Crew Impact Attenuation System for the Orion CEV (Sydney Do, Olivier L. de Weck), In AIAA Space 2011 Conference and Exposition, 2011. [bib]
[2010] A General Purpose Astronomy Small Satellite: An Approach to Low-Cost Space Telescope Design using Space-Qualified Ground Telescopes (Natasha Bosanac, Sydney Do, Hui Ying Wen, Anthony Wicht), In Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave (Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr., Mark C. Clampin, Howard A. MacEwen, eds.), volume 7731, 2010. [bib]
[2009] An Airbag-Based Crew Impact Attenuation System for the Orion CEV (Sydney Do, Olivier L. de Weck, Ricardo Robles Jr., Joseph Pellicciotti, Tim Brady), In AIAA Space 2009 Conference and Exposition, 2009. [bib]
[2007] Relative Orbital Positioning for a Minimal Delay Line Multiple Spacecraft Interferometer (Sydney Do), In AIAA Australia-Asia Student Conference 2007, 2007. [bib]
Theses
[2011] An Airbag-Based Crew Impact Attenuation System for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (Sydney Do), Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2011. (pdf) [bib]
[2007] Relative Orbital Positioning and Maintenance for a Minimal Delay Line Multiple Spacecraft Interferometer (Sydney Do), Bachelor's thesis, University of Sydney School of Aerospace, Mechanical, and Mechatronic Engineering, 2007. [bib]
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Media

[2010] Space escape craft airbags designed like seed sacs, NBC News, September 7, 2010. [link]
[2010] Airbag Designer Casts Eye on NASA's Escape Ship, Space.com, September 2, 2010. [link]
[2010] Airbag-equipped seats promise a soft landing for NASA astronauts, D-VICE, September 2, 2010. [link]
[2010] Personal cushion of air, MIT News Office, August 26, 2010. [link]
[2009] Seat Attenuation Designs for Orion, NASA.gov, June 30, 2009. [link]

Awards:

Contact: sydneydo@mit.edu

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Tatsuya Doi

Tatsuya Doi

S.M. Candidate, Engineering System Division

M.E. Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Tokyo '11
B.E. Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Tokyo '09

Research Area: High Speed Rail Systems, System Lifecycle Properties

Conference Papers
[2011] Dynamics of Super-Long Tether Under External Force (Tatsuya Doi, T. Aoki), In 53th Structures Conference of The Japan Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, 2011. [bib]
[2009] The Possibility of Transportation Between the Earth and Orbit by Using a Super-Long Cable (Tatsuya Doi, T. Aoki), In 2009 AIAA Region VII-AU Student Conference, 2009. [bib]
[2009] The Possibility of Transportation Between the Earth and Orbit by Using a Super-Long Cable (Tatsuya Doi, T. Aoki), In 40th Annual Meeting of The Japan Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, 2009. [bib]
Theses
[2011] Dynamics of Super-Long Tether Under External Force (Tatsuya Doi), Master's thesis, University of Tokyo Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2011. [bib]
[2009] The Possibility of Transportation Between the Earth and Orbit by Using a Super-Long Cable (Tatsuya Doi), Bachelor's thesis, University of Tokyo Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2009. [bib]
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Awards:

Contact: doi@mit.edu

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Sarah Fletcher

Sarah Fletcher

Ph.D. Student, Engineering Systems

S.M. Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology '12
B.A. Physics and Economics, University of Pennsylvania ’10

Research Area: Water-Energy Nexus, Natural Resource and Water Management, Systems Modeling, Simulation

S.M. Thesis: "Risk Assessment of Groundwater Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania"

Journal Articles
[2015] Energy Intensity of Water End-Uses (Afreen Siddiqi, Sarah M. Fletcher), In Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, volume 2, 2015. [bib]
Other Reports
[2011] The Future of Natural Gas: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study (Henry D. Jacoby Anthony J. Meggs Robert C. Armstrong Daniel R. Cohn Stephen R. Conners John M. Deutch Qudisa J. Ejaz Joseph S. Hezir Gordon M. Kaufman Melanie A. Kenderdine Francis O'Sullivan Sergey Paltsev John E. Parsons Ignacio Perez-Arriaga John M. Reilly Carolyn Seto Mort D. Webster Yingxia Yang Gregory S. Mcrae Carolyn Ruppel Sarah M. Fletcher John M. Hagerty Orghenerume Kragha Tommy Leung Paul Murphy Anil Rachokonda Karen Tapia-Ahumada Ibrahim Toukan Dogan Ucok Ernest J. Moniz, Yuan Yao'), 2011. [bib]
Theses
[2012] Risk Assessment of Groundwater Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania (Sarah M. Fletcher), Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012. [bib]
[2010] The Clean Development Mechanism: Understanding Disparity in Investment (Sarah M. Fletcher), Bachelor's thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 2010. [bib]
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Awards:

Contact: sfletch@mit.edu

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Veronica Foreman

Veronica Foreman

S.M. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics

S.M. Candidate, Technology and Policy
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology '14

Research Area: Distributed Spacecraft Systems, Complex System Risk, Satellite Design and Optimization

Journal Articles
[2015] Software in military aviation and drone mishaps: Analysis and recommendations for the investigation process (Veronica L Foreman, Francesca M Favaro, Joseph H Saleh, Christopher W Johnson), In Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Elsevier Ltd., 2015. [bib]
Conference Papers
[2014] Software in Military aviation and drone mishaps: analysis and recommendations (Veronica L Foreman, Francesca M Favaro, Joseph H Saleh), In 2014 Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, 2014. [bib]
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Contact: vforeman@mit.edu

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Marissa Good

Marissa Good

S.M. Candidate Aerospace Engineering, MIT, '17
MBA Candidate, MIT, '17

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, MIT '12

Research Areas: Human Space Exploration, Rocket Propulsion, Novel Propulsion Systems

Awards:

Contact: mgood@mit.edu

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Andrew C. Owens

Andrew C. Owens

Ph.D. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

S.M. Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’14
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rice University '12 (cum laude)

Research Area: Supportability and resilience of long-duration space systems, particularly Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) for Mars exploration

SM Thesis Title: “Quantitative Probabilistic Modeling of Environmental Control and Life Support System Resilience for Long-Duration Human Spaceflight”

Andrew is also associated with the MIT Space Systems Laboratory

Journal Articles
[2013] Single walled carbon nanotube growth and chirality dependence on catalyst composition (Alvin W. Orbaek, Andrew C. Owens, Christopher C. Crouse, Cary Pint, Robert H Hauge, Andrew R. Barron), In Nanoscale, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013. [bib]
[2011] Increasing the Efficiency of Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Amplification by Fe-Co Catalysts Through the Optimization of CH4/H2 Partial Pressures (Alvin W. Orbaek, Andrew C. Owens, Andrew R. Barron), In Nano Letters, volume 11, 2011. (doi: 10.1021/nl201315j) [bib]
Conference Papers
[2015] Automated Risk and Supportability Model Generation for Repairable Systems (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck), In 66th International Astronautical Congress, 2015. [bib] [doi]
[2015] Comparison of Spares Logistics Analysis Techniques for Long Duration Human Spaceflight (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck, Bryan Mattfeld, Chel Stromgren, William Cirillo), In 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 2015. [bib] [doi]
[2015] Benefits of Additive Manufacturing for Human Exploration of Mars (Andrew C. Owens, Sydney Do, Andrew E. Kurtz, Olivier L. de Weck), In 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 2015. [bib] [doi]
[2014] Use of Semi-Markov Models for Quantitative ECLSS Reliability Analysis: Spares and Buffer Sizing (Andrew C. Owens, Olivier L. de Weck), In 44th International Conference on Environmental Systems, 2014. [bib] [doi]
Theses
[2014] Quantitative Probabilistic Modeling of Environmental Control and Life Support System Resilience for Long-Duration Human Spaceflight (Andrew C. Owens), Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2014. [bib]
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Articles

[2015] The challenge of living on Mars (Andrew C. Owens and Olivier L. de Weck), AeroAstro No. 12, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, September 2015. [link]

Awards:

Contact: acowens@mit.edu

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Sung Wook Paek

Sung Wook Paek

Ph.D. Student, Aeronautics and Astronautics

S.M. Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '12

S.B. Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering, KAIST '10

Research Area: Small satellites design and manufacturing, Space systems optimization

S.M. Thesis Title: "Reconfigurable Satellite Constellations for Geo-spatially Adaptive Earth Observation Missions"

Sung Wook Paek is also associated with the MIT Space Systems Laboratory

Journal Articles
[2012] New Star Pattern Identification with Vector Pattern Matching for Attitude Determination (Hyosang Yoon, Sung Wook Paek, Yeerang Lim, Byunghoon Lee, Hungu Lee), In IEEE Transactions on A&E Systems, 2012. [bib]
Conference Papers
[2012] A Multi-functional Paintball Cloud for Asteroid Deflection (Sung Wook Paek), In International Astronautical Congress, 2012. [bib]
[2012] Nanosatellites for Earth Environmental Monitoring: The MicroMAS Project (Kerri Cahoy, David W. Miller, Anne Marinan, Sung Wook Paek, Eric Peters, Frank Hall Schmidt, Bruno Alvisio, Evan Wise, Rebecca Masterson, Danilo Franzim Miranda), In Small Satellite Conference, 2012. [bib]
Theses
[2012] Reconfigurable Satellite Constellations for Geo-spatially Adaptive Earth Observation Missions (Sung Wook Paek), Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2012. [bib]
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Contact: paek@mit.edu

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Narek Shougarian

Narek Shougarian

PhD Candidate, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MEng Aeronautical Engineering-First Class Honours, Imperial College London '11

Research Area: Cyber-physical system topology generation and abstraction, tradeoffs between system complexity and performance.

Thesis Title: "A Convex Hull Based Multi-Abstraction Layer Systems Architecting Methodology" (tentative)

Conference Papers
[2015] A simplified mathematical model for two-sided market systems with an intervening engineered platform (Kaushik Sinha, Edoardo F. Colombo, Narek Shougarian, Olivier L. de Weck), In IDETC Conference 2015, 2015. [bib]
[2012] Multistate Analysis and Optimization of a Geared Turbofan Engine Lubrication System (Narek Shougarian, Jeremy Agte, Olivier L. de Weck), In 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, 2012. (Accepted) [bib]
Other Reports
[2011] META II Complex Systems Design and Analysis (CODA) (Brian T. Murray, Alessandro Pinto, Randy Skelding, Olivier L. de Weck, Haifeng Zhu, Sujit Nair, Narek Shougarian, Kaushik Sinha, Shaunak Bodardikar, Larry Zeidner), United Technologies Corporation, 2011. [bib]
Theses
[2011] Modeling and Time-Domain Simulation of Lubrication Systems for Geared Turbofan Engines (Narek Shougarian), Master's thesis, Imperial College London, 2011. [bib]
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Contact: nshoug@mit.edu

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Anna Turskaya

Anna Turskaya

S.M. Candidate, Technology and Policy Program

MEng Materials Science, University of Oxford '12

Research Area: Inclusive Wealth, Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Systems.

Contact: turskaya@mit.edu

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Parker Vascik

Parker Vascik

S.M. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics
S.M. Candidate, Technology and Policy

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology '14

Research Area: Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Managment (UTM), Design for Ilities under Uncertainty, Technology Infusion Analysis, Innovation Policy

Parker Vascik is also associated with the Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri).

Conference Papers
[2015] Landscape Analysis Framework for Low Carbon Energy (Parker D. Vascik, Robert A. Pearce, Donna H. Rhodes), In 15th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, 2015. [bib]
[2015] A Method for Exploring Program and Portfolio Affordability Tradeoffs Under Uncertainty Using Epoch Era Analysis: A Case Application for Carrier Strike Group Design (Parker D. Vascik, Adam M. Ross, Donna H. Rhodes), In Twelfth Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, 2015. [bib]
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Contact: pvascik@mit.edu

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Samuel Wald

Samuel Wald

Ph.D. Student, Aeronautics and Astronautics

M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, '15
B.A. Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University '11

Research Area: Space Habitation, Space Systems, Mission Architecture Development

Conference Papers
[2015] Evolvable Mars Campaign Long Duration Habitation Strategies: Architectural Approaches to Enable Human Exploration Missions (Samuel Wald A. Scott Howe Larry Toups Matthew Simon), In AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition, 2015. [bib]
[2015] Advanced Habitation Strategies for Aggressive Mass Reduction (Samuel Wald), In AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition, 2015. [bib]
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Contact: swald@mit.edu

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Eric D. Ward

Eric D. Ward

S.M. Candidate, Engineering Systems Division

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University '07

Research Area: Space Systems Architecture, Network Theory, Systems Design

S.M Thesis Title:"A socio-technical systems analysis of change processes in the design of flagship interplanetary missions."

Conference Papers
[] Engineering Change Activity Analysis of Space Mission Projects (Eric D. Ward, Diego Mundo, Margaret L. Frerking, Olivier L. deWeck), In IEEE AeroSpace Conferencepublisher=International Astronautical Federation. [bib]
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Awards:

Contact: ericward@mit.edu

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