The current members in the STAR lab.

  •  Director: Masatoshi Hirabayashi
  • Undergraduate student: Logan Johnson, B.S. Aerospace Engineering 
    • Logan Johnson was born in Birmingham, Alabama and is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University. He has been involved in student teams such as University Student Launch Initiative and is currently the Vice President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for the Auburn University Chapter. After doing research for Dr. Asha-Dee Celestine working with water absorption and material degradation of 3D printed composites, Logan joined Aestar with Dr. Masatoshi Hirabayashi. Logan’s work with Aestar consists of modeling orbital perturbations near asteroids with the effects of mass distribution and mass ejection on an asteroid-satellite system. This model will describe the effects and risks that asteroid mining and removing large masses has on an orbital system.

  • Undergraduate student: Jaysal Shah, B.S. Aerospace Engineering
    • I am a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University. I am apart of USLI (University Student Launch Initiative), the student run chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society Sigma Gamma Tau (SGT). I am also part of Professor Hirabayashi's Space Technology Application Research Lab (STAR), in which I conduct research on Orbital Mechanics such as the restricted three-body problem, and the gravitational field surrounding the asteroid Itokawa.

  • Undergraduate student: Kanak Parmer, B.S. Aerospace Engineering
    • I am currently a Junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Business. For the last three years, I have been extensively involved with the Auburn University Small Satellite Program working on the TRYAD (Terrestrial RaYs Analysis and Detection) Cubesat mission. Initially I worked on developing orbital simulations for our satellites, and I am currently the project manager for this mission. My research focus is developing a code that models the restricted 3-Body problem for a satellite in orbit.

  • Undergraduate student: Carter Woodfield, B.S. Aerospace Engneering 
    • I am an Auburn University Undergraduate student from Peachtree Corners Georgia. I am majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. I love space and learning about the vast void that we call the universe. Under Dr. Hirabayashi, I am creating a java program that can create a gravitational field map of a specific extraterrestrial body given the body’s gravity constants and elevation map. 

  • Undergraduate student: Katie Milbrandt, B.S. Aerospace Engineering 
    • I am a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering. My undergraduate research is focused on studying solar radiation pressure. I am also a part of RASCAL, which is a design team currently working on a lunar polar sample return project. In addition to my academics and research, I enjoy spending time rock climbing, tap dancing, and playing intramural sports.

  • Graduate student: Melvin Hoyer, M.S.

Academic supervising in David Minton Lab at Purdue University

  • Ya-Huei Huang, Ph.D.
  • Kevin Graves, Ph.D. 

Last Updated: 1/28/18 2:31 PM