Axel Garcia joined NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a civil servant in 2015 after having interned at NASA Kennedy Space Center, NASA Ames Research Center, and NASA Goddard since 2010. Besides working at NASA GSFC, Axel is pursuing his graduate studies in Space Science and Technology from a joint program between MIT and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia. Garcia’s experience focuses on spacecraft development and life support systems. He is working towards a NASA systems engineering position, leading the future projects of deep space missions. He's also a scientist- astronaut candidate for the upcoming commercial spaceflight opportunities starting in 2020.
Juan José Garau
Juan is a visiting student from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently pursuing two BS simultaneously in Electrical and Industrial Engineering, under the CFIS programme at UPC. He is carrying out his Final Thesis at MIT on the Architecture of Internet of Aerospace Things and its different applications. He previously worked with several research groups in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, including a research scholarship at Barcelona Supercomputing Center.
|||System Architecture for Tracking Passengers inside an Airport Terminal Using RFID , In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018. () [bib]|
|||Architecting Internet of Aerospace Things: A System For Tracking Passengers Inside An Airport Terminal , Master's thesis, UPC BarcelonaTech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2017. () [bib]|
Markus is a graduate student pursuing his PhD degree in the System Architecture Lab of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. His interests include the development of tools to support the decision-making process for complex engineering systems under uncertainty, in particular with focus on architectures for autonomy and automation. He received a M.Sc. degree (2017) with high distinction in Aerospace Engineering as well as a B.Sc. degree (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich.
He worked as a System Engineer at OHB System AG for 2 years besides his studies and recently conducted a scientific study with in-tech GmbH to transfer aerospace methodologies to the railway industry.
|||Aerodynamics of a highly irregular body at transonic speeds—Analysis of STRATOS flight data , In PLoS ONE, 2017. () [bib]|
|||Architectural Options and Optimization of Suborbital Space Tourism Vehicles , In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018. () [bib]|
|||Choosing the right architecture for the next generation of railway vehicles using aerospace methodologies , In 2017 IRSA, 2017. () [bib]|
|||Development and Commissioning Results of the Hybrid Sensor Bus Engineering Qualification Model , In 2016 DASIA, 2016. () [bib]|
|||Architectural Options and Optimization of Suborbital Space Tourism Vehicles , Master's thesis, Technical University of Munich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2017. () [bib]|
Nikko is currently in his fifth year at MIT, simultaneously pursuing his BS and MS in AeroAstro. His interests include space systems engineering and space mission architecture. After graduating in June 2018, he will commission into the US Air Force and report to Undergraduate Pilot Training. His goal is to become a test pilot, and then be selected as an astronaut.
Yaroslav Menshenin is a Visiting doctoral student in the System Architecture Lab at MIT and a PhD candidate at the Skoltech Space Center. His research interests focus on Space System Architecture and System Design of Complex products. Previously, he served as the member of Organizing Committee at MIT/Skoltech International Space Exploration Strategy Group and as a Teaching Assistant of the Space Sector Course, developed at MIT and held at Skoltech.
He received his MS degree from the Department of Theoretical Physics of the National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” (Moscow, Russia). He also graduated from Singularity University, located on the territory of NASA Ames Research Center (Silicon Valley, USA).
Florian is a visiting student from Technical University of Munich where he is currently pursuing his BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is conducting his final thesis at the System Architecture lab on the development of an evaluation framework for hybrid train architectures and its application to small rail transportation systems, with a focus on identifying the potential of automation and autonomy.
Previosuly, he worked at in-tech GmbH where he evaluated system architectures for railway propulsion systems. Prior to his studies, he also gathered 3 years of experience as a mechanics-electronics engineer in the automation industry.
Aleix Paris i Bordas
Aleix is a visiting student from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech carrying out his Final Thesis at MIT AeroAstro. He is currently pursuing two BS simultaneously in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science, under the CFIS program at UPC. His research focuses on dynamic resource management (DRM) algorithms for communication satellites. His interest in the aerospace sector goes beyond the merely theoretical aspect as he combined his studies with the Private Pilot License training.
Iñigo del Portillo
Iñigo del Portillo is a graduate student in AeroAstro. He received his BS degrees in Telecommunications Engineering,and Industrial Engineering in 2014, and a MS in electronics engineering in 2015, all of them from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. His interests include optical communications for space based networks and small satellite communications. He previously worked at GKN LandSystems and at Procter & Gamble.
|||Architecting Information Security Services for Federated Satellite Systems , In Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2016. () [bib]|
|||Approximation Methods for Estimating the Availability of Optical Ground Networks , In Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Optical Society of America, volume 8, 2016. () [bib]|
|||Integrated tradespace analysis of space network architectures , In Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, volume 12, 2015. () [bib]|
|||Performance Characterization of a Multiplexed Space-to-Ground Optical Network , In 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2017. () [bib]|
|||Optimal Location of Optical Ground Stations to Serve LEO Spacecraft , In 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2017. () [bib]|
|||Assessing the Impact of Real-time Communication Services on the Space Network Ground Segment , In 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016. () [bib]|
|||Architecting the Ground Segment of an Optical Space Communication Network , In 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016. () [bib]|
|||Architecting Space Communication Networks under Mission Demand Uncertainty , In 2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2015. () [bib]|
|||Exploring the Trade-offs of Aggregated versus Disaggregated Architectures for Environmental Monitoring in Low-Earth Orbit , In AIAA Space, 2014. () [bib]|
|||Optimal Locations for the Ground Segment of optical Space Communications Networks , Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2016. () [bib]|