Prof Miyajima
Professor Hiroyuki Miyajima
Team Co-advisor
Hiroyuki Miyajima is a professor at Tokyo Jogakkan College. He conducted research on space habitation and spacecraft design as a visiting professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, department of Aerospace Engineering and Sciences, Fall 2013. He majored in Aeronautics at Nihon University in Tokyo and has been doing research on space habitation design for over twenty years. One of his primary works concerns life support material circulation analysis and design to support habitation experiments for the closed ecology experiment facilities (CEEF), used in Japan’s biosphere. He received a Ph.D. in this field in 2005. He participated on Crew 132 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) as an engineer and on Crew 137 as the commander of Team Nippon (Japan) in the 2013-2014 field season. He is currently engaged in research about logistics and life support systems analysis for high-mobility exploration. He is interested in habitation technology, logistics and excursion using vehicles on planetary surfaces.

Shota Iino
 Team Co-Lead, Mission Designer and Payload Analyst
Shota Iino is currently pursuing a master's degree in System Design and Management at Keio University, Japan. He received BSc in Physics and Mathematics from Sydney University, Australia. He has four years work experience in International Space Station (ISS) operations and satellite ground system developments. His interest lies in systems engineering, mission design of manned space missions and life support system analysis. 


Ayako Ono
 Spacecraft Interior Designer
She is a space human factor researcher with a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. She has a unique combination of knowledge and practical experience in space medicine research and space art projects with an emphasis on psycho-physiological support and team building skills. She understands the difficulties that Mars missions will pose especially the issues related to medical and psychological aspects, and she would love to take on that challenge.


Eriko Moriyama
 Life Support System Designer
Eriko Moriyama is currently working as a payload operation flight controller for ISS JEM. She graduated from University of Arizona with her B.S. degrees in Physics and Astronomy, and studied at International Space University in Strasbourg, France for Masters in Space Sciences. She is engaged in Environment Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and a member of SICLE, an ECLSS simulator development team. 


Takuya Ohgi
 Life Support System Designer
Takuya Ohgi is currently developing a control system for a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) with some institutions. He received Masters in Astrophysical Science at Nagoya University, Japan. His research topic was X-ray (γ-ray) emitted in universe. He has been also developing new simulator for ECLSS simulation, named as SImulator for Closed Life and Ecology (SICLE) with some members. The SICLE helps in designing an environmental and life support system. His interest lies on the construction to be able to go for a space trip freely.


Koki Tanaka
Spacecraft Interior Designer
Koki Tanaka is currently a second year student at Keio University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is a writer at a website that reports latest sensational topics related to space business. He also engages himself in outreach activities of space technology. He held events introducing spin-off products obtained from applied space technology. He hopes that more people feel "space" as an integral part of their daily lives. 


Yuri Aida
 Crew Healthcare Analyst
Yuri Aida is currently a fourth year student at Keio University, majoring in Pharmacy. She likes the way astronauts think beyond national boundaries and think themselves to be a citizen of the milky way. She completed her high school studies from abroad and has met most of the Japanese astronauts.  She is interested in the process of inventing new medicine in microgravity.


Daichi Nakajima
Space Launch Vehicle Analyst
Daichi Nakajima is a freshman at TUAT (Tokyo University of Ags and Techs) majoring in Mechanical Systems Engineering. He is interested in rockets because he is inspired by four things- big, glittering, high, and fantastic. For that matter he loves fire works too. He also belongs to "CORE", which is a team building hybrid rockets with a goal to launch a rocket an altitude of 100 km. He wants to contribute to CORE from Systems Engineering aspects so he joined team Kanau to learn more about it and offer his perspective on launch vehicle selection. 

Professor Grant

Professor Michael Grant
Team Co-advisor
Dr. Michael Grant joined the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University in 2012 as an assistant professor. He leads research and educates in the areas of hypersonic performance, multidisciplinary design, guidance development, and pinpoint landing to support planetary exploration and missions of national interest. He is responsible for graduate and undergraduate eduction in aerospace design, optimal control, and hypersonic performance. Dr. Grant developed a new, integrated methodology to enable rapid simultaneous hypersonic aerodynamic and trajectory optimization to support conceptual design while at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2006-2012. Dr. Grant received his BS in Aeronuatical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 2005, MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008, and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012. He is married to Jennifer who is a surgery resident in Chicago.


Kshitij Mall
Team Co-Lead, Systems, Comms and Re-entry Analyst
Kshitij Mall is currently pursuing Ph.D. studies in Aerospace Systems at Purdue University and is working as a research assistant at Rapid Design of Systems Lab (RDSL). His work focusses on Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) of human-class Mars missions. 


Jeff Stuart
 Trajectory Engineer, Cost and Safety Analyst 
Jeff Stuart is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University and is an NSTRF Fellow linked to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He received his M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in May 2011 and his B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in December 2008, both from Purdue University. Jeff is interested in mission design and analysis, in particular the automation of trajectory generation, heuristic optimization methods and multi-agent systems. He is also interested in controls, design optimization, and human spaceflight applications.

Ashwati Das
Trajectory Engineer, Cost and Safety Analyst 
Ashwati Das graduated with her B.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Sydney (USYD), Australia, in 2009. Her undergraduate thesis involved incorporating a Harrier simulation and Way Point Navigation and Control System for this model on a Variable Stability Flight Simulator at the University of Sydney. She went on to work as a Simulation Engineer and then a Software Integration Specialist on the Hercules, Black Hawk and A380 simulators with CAE Australia. She is currently undertaking her Masters Degree in the Department of Aeronautics/Astronautics Engineering at Purdue University. Her research is on the subject of Designing and Control of Transfer Trajectories using Solar Sails in the Earth-Moon System.

Max Fagin
Systems Design Engineer, Radiation and Comms Analyst
Max Fagin is a first year aerospace engineering masters student at Purdue University, where he is studying space systems and vehicle design, with a focus on optimizing crewed Mars vehicles for EDL.  He completed his B.A. and B.E. in a joint program between Dartmouth College and Vassar College, with a triple major in Physics, Astronomy and Mechanical Engineering.  His past research has included high altitude balloons, sounding rockets, CubeSats and microgravity life support systems.  He currently teaches design and fabrication skills in Purdue's Artisan and Fabrication Laboratory (AFL), and is one of the 1058 candidates under consideration by the MarsOne program for a one way trip to Mars in 2025.

Nick Gillin

Nick Gillin
Animation Engineer
Nick Gillin, popularly known as Nassault, has been making Outer-Space inspired short films since he taught himself timelapse-night photography in junior high. Since then, he has used many mediums to try, create and inspire other humans about the beauty and biological lust to learn more about our first home- the stars.
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