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.

Conference Papers
[2018] System Architecture for Tracking Passengers inside an Airport Terminal Using RFID (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Marc Sanchez Net, Bruce Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference (Submitted for publication), 2018. (pdf) [bib]
Theses
[2017] Architecting Internet of Aerospace Things: A System For Tracking Passengers Inside An Airport Terminal (Juan Jose Garau Luis), Master's thesis, UPC BarcelonaTech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
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markus guerster
Markus Guerster

Markus Guerster

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.

Contact: guerster@mit.edu

Journal Articles
[2017] Aerodynamics of a highly irregular body at transonic speeds—Analysis of STRATOS flight data (Markus Guerster, Ulrich Walter), In PLoS ONE, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
Conference Papers
[2018] Architectural Options and Optimization of Suborbital Space Tourism Vehicles (Markus Guerster, Edward F. Crawley), In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference (Submitted for publication), 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Choosing the right architecture for the next generation of railway vehicles using aerospace methodologies (Markus Guerster, Christian Moser, Andre Brueckmann, Rainer Grimm), In 2017 IRSA (Accepted for publication), 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Development and Commissioning Results of the Hybrid Sensor Bus Engineering Qualification Model (Andreas Hurni, Philipp Putzer, Markus Roner, Markus Guerster, Christian Huelsemeyer, Norbert M. K. Lemke), In 2016 DASIA, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
Theses
[2017] Architectural Options and Optimization of Suborbital Space Tourism Vehicles (Markus Guerster), Master's thesis, Technical University of Munich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
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nikko james
Nikko James

Nikko James

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.

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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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Aleix Paris i Bordas
Aleix Paris i Bordas

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.

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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] Architecting Information Security Services for Federated Satellite Systems (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F Crawley), In Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Approximation Methods for Estimating the Availability of Optical Ground Networks (Marc Sanchez, Inigo del Portillo, Edward Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Optical Society of America, volume 8, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] Integrated tradespace analysis of space network architectures (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F Crawley, Daniel Selva), In Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, volume 12, 2015. (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, 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, 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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