Current Group Members

Yuriy Davydov, BEng Candidate
Yuriy is a fourth year Space Engineering student at York University. He previously participated in space segment and ground segment communication projects including QB50 microsatellite with Hugh Chesser and portable transceiver operations for the Ukrainian army and law enforcement agencies. He is responsible for the construction, testing and operations of S-band and UHF/VHF ground stations for communications with nanosatellites. In his spare time Yuriy plays rugby, soccer and practices martial arts.
Fuat Kaan Diriker, BEng Candidate

Fuat is a third year Space Engineering student at York University. He joined the team as a recipient of the Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award. Fuat is currently working on the development of a communications protocol between the OBC and the secondary payload in the DESCENT Mission. Along with the development of the protocol, he is also working on the characterization of solar arrays in order to demonstrate the increased efficiency introduced by the moth-eye anti-reflective coating. Fuat enjoys spending his spare time playing guitar and going to the gym.

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Tiffany Joseph, BEng Candidate

Tiffany is a third year Space Engineering student at York University conducting her second research project with the Nanosatellite Laboratory this summer. Her research is concerned with guidance and navigation for nanosatellites. Her project focuses on attitude and control for nanosatellites, particularly the impact and effect of environmental disturbance torques, and utilizes simulations of 3-axis reaction wheels to demonstrate that smaller satellites are more affected by environmental disturbances and thus require larger reaction wheels. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys playing the ukulele, photography and exploring Toronto.

Nicholas Zonta, BEng Candidate 

Nick is a fourth year Space Engineering undergraduate student at York University who has joined the Nanosatellite Laboratory at the start of 2018. He is currently working on a CubeSat solar cell payload for the 2019 DESCENT mission. The payload aims to characterize nanofabricated coverglass coatings in order to increase base power output. Nick is responsible for the design and assembly of the payload, drawing from years of previous experience in CAD modelling software and machine shop operations. Outside of the lab he is an avid backwater camper and enjoys science fiction.

Konstantin Bolshakov, MASc Candidate

Konstantin is a BEng graduate from York University, specializing in Computer Engineering. He had joined the group when he was an undergraduate student, and has been working on different projects since October 2014. His main interest is electronics: board and chip level hardware design. Konstantin is currently working on a solar cell power production monitoring board as well as a low-cost Sun sensor for a nanosatellite technology demonstration payload. The payload is meant to demonstrate a moth-eye anti-reflective (MEAR) coating for solar cells and how it impacts solar power production on orbit. In his spare time Konstantin plays guitar and practices archery.

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Akash Chauhan, MSc Candidate

Akash recently completed his BSc. in Physics and Astronomy at York University, and is currently in his first year of a Master's degree in Physics. He is developing an interferometric fiber optic gyroscope (IFOG). He started this project during a summer work term as a fourth year undergraduate at York University. During his work term he made an instrument model for the IFOG. The project expanded to become a thesis focused on the development of a silicon on insulator based integrated photonic chip which serves to miniaturize most of the optical circuit of the IFOG to a footprint of less than 1 mm by 1 mm. Akash’s research interests include Quantum mechanics and Cosmology. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, hiking, and going on food adventures.

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Ryan Clark, MSc Candidate

Ryan is a current Master's Student with the Nanosatellite Lab. He graduated in June 2018 with a BSc in Space Science and has been researching with the lab since his undergrad. His project, “Multi Disciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) and Multi Object Optimization (MOO) for the Integration into Space Mission Design to Optimize Spacecraft Positioning”, looks at the challenges of integrating a multi-display design optimization software into current space mission design architecture. His work also examines how the use of AI and multi-leveled distributed architecture can be used to efficiently overcome these challenges. When he is not spending his time in the lab working he loves exploring nature, watching football on Sundays and spending Saturdays with the boys.

Sam Clemens, MSc Candidate

Sam completed his undergraduate degree in Space Engineering at York University in 2017. He joined the Nanosatellite Laboratory and began working on his masters degree in the fall of 2017. Sam’s research is in the area of space situational awareness, a growing area of need in today’s space industry. His thesis is titled “Resident Space Object Detection Using Commercial Off the Shelf Star Trackers”. Star trackers are popular attitude determination sensors. Sam is developing a simulator to estimate the resident space object (essentially space debris) detection rates that a star tracker would have in LEO. As well as estimating detection rates, the simulator will also generate simulated star tracker images. These images will be used to train analytic and machine learning algorithms that will identify resident space objects in star tracker images. Sam enjoys playing sports and being in the outdoors.

Breannon Lewis, MSc Candidate

Breannon has been a part of the lab since 2016 when she joined as a research assistant. She is now completing her first year of a Master's of Science program in Earth and Space Science at York University. Breannon's research interests include swarm and constellation technology, small satellite design and clean energy. Her personal interests include reading adventure novels, researching different travel destinations for the day she can finally travel again, and taking her rabbit for walks.

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Kajendra Seevananthan, MSc Candidate

Kajendra completed his undergraduate degree in Space Engineering at York University, After working with the lab as an undergraduate Research Assistant, he joined the Nanosatellite lab to pursue a Master's degree in 2016. Kajendra’s research focus entails Delay Tolerant Networks (DTN). Kajendra is now leading development of a hardware-in-the-loop simulation of a DTN topologies that can benefit nanosatellites applications. Kajendra’s research interests are in DTN, Federated and Fractionated Satellite Systems and Satellite Formation Flying.

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Siddarth Dave, PhD Candidate

Siddarth completed his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto. In 2015 Siddarth joined the nanosatellite laboratory at the Lassonde School of Engineering to pursue his Master's research on the subject of space-situational awareness in LEO and successfully defended his thesis in 2018. Siddarth is currently leading the development of a radar-based payload for the detection and tracking of space-debris from a nanosatellite platform. Siddarth's research interests are in software defined radio (SDR), single-board-architecture via FPGA implementations, and the mitigation of space-debris.

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Surabhi Guruprasad, PhD Candidate

Surabhi completed her undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering at University of Pune, India. In 2012, she joined the GNSS research group at York University as a Master’s candidate under Professor Sunil Bisnath. In association with Professor Regina Lee, Surabhi has been responsible for the development of software GNSS receivers for satellite applications. On completion of her master’s degree, she decided to continue research and pursue a doctoral degree. Currently in her 4th year of PhD, Surabhi’s research focus is implementation of software GNSS receiver on reconfigurable hardware. She uses Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) to demonstrate the ease of reconfigurability of GNSS receiver design resulting in low development costs and time. Her skills and research interests are in the field of signal processing techniques, hardware design, Verilog/VHDL development, embedded systems and integration of hardware and software systems. In her spare time, she likes to travel and explore different cultures from around the world.

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Thomas Young, PhD Candidate

Thomas holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Computer Science from York University, specializing in interactive systems. His research, based on the neoPascal project, currently focuses on developing scientific instrumentation packages to measure weather and climate variables on Mars utilizing commercial off the shelf technology (COTS). Aspects of this research include sensor network design, orbital communications links, power generation and storage, and more. Thomas's research interests include robotics, computational complexity,

and interactive systems. His hobbies include cosmology, astronomy, amateur radio, and electronics.

Hugh Podmore, PhD Candidate


Hugh completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University where he majored in Physics and minored in Computer Science. He completed his Master's in the nanosatellite lab at York University under Regina Lee, where his research focused on the use of nanophotonic structures to enhance light-trapping capabilities in solar cells. In this project Hugh developed a metamaterial surface for solar cell coverglass that provides an adiabatic transition from air to glass; he demonstrated that application of this technology could boost power production over orbit by 10%. Hugh is currently pursuing a PhD in Physics through the nanosatellite lab where he is developing a novel compressive-sensing Fourier-transform spectrometer on a chip. Hugh has presently developed one such device for remote detection of atmospheric methane and is presently developing a follow-on system for Raman spectroscopy. Hugh's research interests are in payload design, next-generation instrumentation, signal processing and algorithm development, and attitude determination and control. In his spare time Hugh plays the guitar, ultimate frisbee, and quidditch.

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 Guy Benari, PhD Candidate

Guy completed his undergraduate degree in Space Engineering at York University, as well as a Masters in Earth and Space Science under Professor Regina Lee in the nanosatellite laboratory. Guy's research focuses on characterizing the on-orbit performance of the York-developed ARGUS spectrometer, which flew on the Can-X 1 nanosatellite; Guy is currently completing his PhD in Earth and Space Science with the nanosatellite laboratory. Guy's research interests include payload development and characterization, geolocation algorithms for remote-sensing payloads, and attitude determination and control.

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Dukhang Lee, Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Dukhang Lee is a KASI-York Fellow working in Dr. Regina Lee's group. He completed his PhD in Astronomy and Space Science at University of Science and Technology (UST) in Korea. He is currently establishing the thermal model of the neoPascal mission, which aims to measure the Mars surface pressure using a network of landed sensors on Mars, prior to it being proposed. He is also in the process of performing a thermal analysis of 2U CubeSat of the DESCENT mission. He has experience in thermal design and development for compact infrared (IR) space telescopes, a lunar IR spectrometer, and a lunar magnetometer. He has also worked on 3D dust radiative transfer simulations for the study of disk galaxies and dust clouds in the Milky Way. In his spare time Dukhang plays the drums and enjoys playing soccer.

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Junchan Lee, Postdoctoral Researcher 

Junchan Lee is a postdoctoral researcher involved in the Nanosatellite Research Lab and GNSS Lab at York University. He completed his Ph.D in Physics at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and has been working with the Nanosatellite Lab since December 2017. His research focuses on GNSS Reflectometry, a measurement method which uses reflected electromagnetic signals transmitted from GNSS satellites off surface of the Earth. His project will be demonstrated via a GNSS Reflectometry receiver for nanosatellites, and as a preliminary study, he is deriving a soil moisture model by using CYGNSS data, which is produced by a constellation of 8 satellites launched in 2017, to forecast hurricanes. In his free time, he likes to play pro evolution soccer series video games and travel around Toronto.

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