Students

Current Students:

axel garcia-burgos
Axel Garcia-Burgos

Axel Garcia-Burgos

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.

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juan jose garau
Juan José Garau

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.

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markus guerster
Markus Guerster

Markus Guerster

Markus Guerster is a visiting student from Germany. His home university is the Technical University of Munich where he is pursuing his M.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering. His research focuses on System Architecture for Suborbital Human Spaceflight.

He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich and previously worked at OHB System AG.

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yaroslav menshenin
Yaroslav Menshenin

Yaroslav Menshenin

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).

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inigo del portillo
Inigo del Portillo

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.

Journal Articles
[2016] Approximation Methods for Estimating the Availability of Optical Ground Networks (Marc Sanchez, Inigo del Portillo, Edward Crawley, Bruce Cameron), In Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Optical Society of America, volume 8, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
Conference Papers
[2017] Performance Characterization of a Multiplexed Space-to-Ground Optical Network (Marc Sanchez, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, (Acceepted for publication), 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Optimal Location of Optical Ground Stations to Serve LEO Spacecraft (Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, (Acceepted for publication), 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Assessing the Impact of Real-time Communication Services on the Space Network Ground Segment (Marc Sanchez, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Architecting the Ground Segment of an Optical Space Communication Network (Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley, Daniel Selva), In 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] Architecting Space Communication Networks under Mission Demand Uncertainty (Marc Sanchez, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] Exploring the Trade-offs of Aggregated versus Disaggregated Architectures for Environmental Monitoring in Low-Earth Orbit (Morgan Dwyer, Daniel Selva, Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez, Bruce G. Cameron, Zoe Szajnfarber, Edward F. Crawley), In AIAA Space, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
Theses
[2016] Optimal Locations for the Ground Segment of optical Space Communications Networks (Inigo del Portillo), Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
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