Alumni

Juan Guzman, BEng

Juan completed his undergraduate degree in Space Engineering at York University, where he participated in several projects undertaken at the nanosatellite lab during this period. Juan is currently working on the electronics system of a new micro-spectrometer payload for the detection of methane.   Juan will be joining the nanosatellite lab to pursue a Master’s degree focused on spacecraft dynamics and control, with an emphasis on system identification of reaction wheels for nanosatellites. Juan’s research interests are in dynamics, attitude determination and control of spacecraft systems. In his spare time Juan likes to play soccer, go rock climbing.

Andrew Lohman, MSc

Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in Space Science at York University, after which he joined the nanosatellite lab to pursue a Master's degree. Andrew investigated the FPGA implementation of novel star-tracking algorithms for nanosatellites and was the lead developer of an in-house simulated environment for testing attitude determination and control systems, including starfield recognition and tracking. Andrew's research interests are primarily centered around attitude determination and control. In his spare time Andrew snowboards at Blue mountain and plays hockey.

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Patrick Irvin, MSc

Patrick received his bachelors in Space Engineering at York University. He completed his Masters at the nanosatellite laboratory, where his research focused on the design and development of a star-tracking unit for nanosatellites based on commercially-available off-the-shelf hardware components. Patrick's primary research specialty is in embedded systems, and he lead the development of a plug-and-play attitude control system for a 3U CubeSat which will fly in 2016. Patrick currently works at the Canadian Space Agency.

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Thong Thai, Msc

Thong completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, after which he joined the nanosatellite lab to pursue a Master's degree focusing on the applications of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) for nano and microsatellites. Thong completed his Masters in 2014 and is now pursuing his PhD in the same field, as part of his PhD research he aims to develop a single-board architecture for nanosatellite applications. Thong's research interests are in embedded systems design, and software-defined radio. In his spare time Thong enjoys hiking and photography.

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Tyler Ustrzycki, MSc, P.Eng

 Tyler completed his undergraduate degree in Space Engineering at York University. He received a Masters in Earth and Space Science under Professor Regina Lee in the nanosatellite laboratory. His research focused on the design of a spherical air bearing testbed for nanosatellite development, which is still being utilized by the nanosatellite laboratory. After York University, Tyler spent 5 years as an Electrical Engineer at L-3 Wescam, helping to design gimbal stabilized EO/IR camera systems. Tyler currently works as a PCB Design Engineer at Tesla Motors. His work at Tesla includes designing the PCB hardware for the car computer and autopilot system in Model 3. In his spare time, Tyler is an avid hiker and homebrewer and is kept busy raising his 2 kids with his wife.

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Sriyan Wisnarama, MSc

Sriyan received his MSc in Earth and Space Science and Engineering under Professor Regina Lee in her nanosatellite research lab. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Space Engineering and with a strong interest in Computer Science. During his time at the nanosatellite lab, Sriyan developed a simulation and graphical user interface to model a nanosatellite tracking a very large fleet of ships. Sriyan's research particularly emphasized the use of efficient representation of large, sparse data sets for optimal performance.

Thomas Wright, MSc

Thomas received his Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2008. He received his Masters degree under the supervision of Dr. Regina Lee and Dr. Sunil Bisnath. During his time at the nanosatellite laboratory Thomas lead the development of an attitude determination algorithm based on an extended Kalman filter which made particular use of 3-axis magnetic field measurements for position and attitude determination. Thomas also developed a plug-and-play attitude determination and control system for a 3U Cubesat, which is flying in 2016.

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Arthur Lin, Postdoctoral Fellow

Arthur completed his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University, in Toronto. After completing his undergraduate degree Arthur went on to pursue a Masters and PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University, where his research primarily focused on adaptive control systems design for small satellites in the vicinity of an asteroid. Arthur joined the nanosatellite laboratory at the Lassonde School of Engineering in 2014 where he developed an advanced sliding-mode controller for 3-axis magnetic control of a 3-U CubeSat in the absence of a reaction wheel. Arthur's research interests are in attitude determination and control system (ADCS) design and development. In his spare time Arthur enjoys playing golf and rock-climbing.

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Houman Hakima, B.Sc Space Engineering

Houman obtained his bachelor’s degree in Space Engineering at York University in 2013, and completed his master’s degree at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS)—Space Flight Lab in 2015. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UTIAS, where he is developing a novel concept for the active removal of sizable space debris, based on the utilization of the CubeSat form factor. His research interests include innovative mission concepts, space robotics, and spacecraft attitude dynamics and control. At York and under the guidance of Prof. Lee, Houman was involved in a number of projects, such as the York University Rover Team (2008—11), and the construction of the Nanosatellite Lab’s Helmholtz coil (in 2012). He is an avid hiker/runner, and proud of his alma mater, YorkU.