Ruosi Zhou '14
Alannah Linkhorn '12
Sean Currey '11
Matt Chong '11
Louis Buck '10
Louis started working in the fall of 2008. He used a UNH design to build a control table for vacuum chamber particle detector testing. He also did kitting for RENU and troubleshooting for GreenCube. Louis was previously lab manager.
Tommy Du '10
Tommy joined the lab in late fall 2008. He did data analysis for ROPA and edited C++ code for the Helios program.
Claire McKenna '10
Claire started in the winter of 2008.
Umair Siddiqui '10
Umair began working for the Lynch group in the fall of 2007. Umair worked on building a collimated electron source based on a UNH design for particle detector testing and space plasma physics experiments. He also worked on the design and launch of Greencube 2.
Dave Heinicke '09
Dave began working in the late spring of 2008.
Amanda Scull '09
I worked in the lab from winter to spring of 2006. I began by updating an inventory of parts needed to build up electrical boards for ROPA, and then I ordered and sorted all the parts into kits for their respective boards. Once all the parts were in, I filled the boards with the parts and in some cases soldered them in place.
Rachel Hochman '08
Alexander Crew '08
Beginning in the summer of 2006, I helped produce drawings of the detectors for the ROPA project. I modified the nescessary drawings in AUTOCAD to create the new HeBig detector. Additionally, I did some cleaning of parts and other miscellaneous tasks.
Parker Fagrelius '08
Beginning April 2005, I helped draft and design a new ion detector for the ROPA rocket as well as some drafting for the microwave source for Elephant and other miscellaneous parts. In addition to this, I have populated boards for CASCADE and DUST, and I am currently digitally testing the new ion detector.
Lauren Blum '07
Beginning in April 2006, I have been involved in the DUST project, testing and populating boards. I have also assisted in the fabrication and overall assembly of the boxes and ion detectors for the ROPA rocket, and will soon begin working on SCIFER-2.
Kelsey Helland '07
Kelsey started working in the lab in September of 2006, just in time to help put the final touches on ROPA. His primary job is to order electronic and mechanical components, and to manage inventory; Kelsey also helps out with machining parts, when necessary.
Chris Schooley '06
Since starting in June, I've been working primarily with the fabrication, inspection and testing of the circuit boards, and I am also helping to design a new ion detector by running computer simulations. I also tend to do a lot of odd jobs here and there, writing up procedures, disassembling the old detectors and cleaning them, looking for components online, etc. I took this job mainly because it allowed me to stick around for the summer, but I really started liking what I was doing, and I especially like the really cool people I work with, Ralph and Kevin and Kristina; I've just learned a lot from them. This is a sweet job, so I'm going to continue as long as school work lets me.
Shaunak Mewada '06
I worked as a research assistant in the Lynch Rocket Lab, building up the inventory and parts system for the new lab. I worked with graduate student Kristen Frederick-Frost to order and inventory the parts for the electronics for the SERSIO sounding rocket mission.
I worked on analysis of data from the FAST (Fast Auroral Snapshot) satellite. I learned to use IDL and the FAST satellite data analysis libraries, and collected a statistical database of auroral activity on the Earth's dayside. The results of this work were presented at the Fall 2003 American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, and Dr Lynch is in the process of writing it up as a journal paper.
Sarah Jones '04
I have spent the summer populating and testing circuit boards for the CASCADES project as well as ordering parts and handling some accounting. I have also done some updating of the Lynch Rocket Lab website.
This summer I am in the process of building a static rocket motor test stand. The purpose of the stand is to enable experimenters to fire rocket motors on the ground and record data such as force versus time from them. The stand will be built from Aluminum and it will use a commercial Load Cell and data acquisition system to transmit data to a laptop. This project has been moving on two fronts; the technical design and construction of the stand and the bureaucratic front gaining permission from various Dartmouth and Hanover offices. As of now the technical front has been easier and I may not get to fire a rocket on the stand by the Fall.
Nathan is an undergraduate at UCLA. He worked here full time in the summer of 2008 building filament electron guns. A full description can be found here.
I spent my summer as a research assistant for the physics department. I ordered things for the department and soldered occasionally, but I spent most of my time working on algorithms which will be used to interpret data for a Dartmouth satellite. I often confronted things that were above my current experience in physics and over the summer I learned to use a programming language considered to be indispensable to many scientists and engineers. Having had almost no programming knowledge to begin with, I found myself beating my head against the wall from time to time. However, solving a succession of actual physics problems and occasionally learning material ordinarily above my level is very satisfying. It is a job I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys figuring things out and wants a narrow excuse to refer to themselves as a rocket scientist.
I joined the Lynch group in January 2005 and began doing work to prepare for the March 2005 CASCADES launch. This website was my main project for most of the winter. I added daily and weekly updates about the launch. In addition, I created the real time spaceweather page that was used to predict good nights for launching. I currently still attend to the website and am also working with the Montshire Science Museum on an exhibit about the CASCADES project.
I helped draft the plans for the electron and ion detectors that went up in CASCADES. I also played a role designing the new BAGEL detector. I ordered parts, created a digital inventory, managed some paperwork, kitted parts for the boards, and soldered the parts onto the boards. In addition, I helped prepare the instrumentation and boards for flight by cleaning and assembling them.
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