"As scientists, we are hoping TERRIERS will provide us with a new view into the ionosphere and the thermosphere - two scientifically rich systems."
Daniel Cotton, Principal Investigator
Dan Cotton is an assistant research professor of astronomy and space physics at Boston University. He attended University of California, Davis as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 1991.
"I have learned so much since I started working on the TERRIERS project.
Everyday I learn something new."
Sarah Alves, Operator
Sarah Alves is an Astronomy and Physics major. She chose to sign up for the TERRIERS operator position because she knew that it would be a great opportunity. "Being an operator is a huge responsibility and we can never be late," she says. By logging the data from TERRIERS she expects to become very familiar with normal temperatures for the satellite and the ideal range of voltages, currents and discharge rates for the batteries.
Senior Research Associate,
Center for Space Physics
"I have a great deal of fun here and have opportunities which I think many people only dream of. Specifically, TERRIERS has taught me a lot about engineering for the space environment, testing complex systems, and spacecraft design."
Michael Bellino, Electrical Engineer
Bellino received his Master's degree from the MSEE program at Boston University in 1992. He is the electrical engineer for the payload and spacecraft electronics onboard the TERRIERS satellite.
"The biggest challenge of working on the TERRIERS project has been managing such a diverse array of computers reliably. It has made clear the absolute necessity of redundancy and exhaustive testing."
David Bradford, BU Astronomy Department Systems Manager
Bradford graduated from Indiana University in 1980 with a degree in Astrophysics. He has worked at Boston University since 1982 and is both systems manager and webmaster for the Department of Astronomy. Bradford currently maintains a computer network of over 200 machines.
"At Boston University, I encourage students to learn science through hands-on work with cutting-edge technologies. TERRIERS, for example, is a complex space mission being done successfully in a university environment."
Co-Investigator and Director Center for Space Physics
Supriya Chakrabarti is a co-investigator of the TERRIERS project, director of the Center for Space Physics and professor of astronomy at Boston University. He is a strong proponent of involving students in challenging scientific investigations. In 1996 students in his introductory astronomy class were successful in obtaining NASA funding for SPECTRE, a sounding rocket experiment. He initiated the TERRIERS project with Principal Investigator, Dan Cotton, and has participated in the design and construction of the satellite. He has also been involved in many sounding rocket and satellite missions. Dr. Chakrabarti is a graduate of the University of Calcutta and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. He served as senior fellow and associate research physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley until coming to Boston University in 1992.
Timothy Cook, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Space Physics
Tim Cook is the project manager for the TERRIERS program.
He attended Johns Hopkins University as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D.
from the University of Colorado.
"The most challenging part of my job is dealing with the stress of knowing that you are controlling something that people put four years of their life into creating - I love a challenge though."
Jeremy Coombs, Operator
Jeremy is a freshman in the Astronomy program at Boston University. He became involved with the TERRIERS project to learn more about spacecraft construction and upper atmospheric weather. Jeremy counts the development of his computer skills and the acquisition of practical knowledge in the field of space physics amongst the primary benefits of working on the TERRIERS project. He is from New Britain, Connecticut.
"My role is to use data from the photometers on board TERRIERS to measure the airglow emissions in the upper atmosphere and to understand its relationship with the disturbances that occur over the equatorial ionosphere which affect the radio wave communication."
Pallamraju Duggirala, Research Associate at Center for Space Physics
"The thing that is so unique about the TERRIERS project is that it is quality new science involving both students and professors. It is an unparalleled learning experience."
Kevin France, Operator
Kevin is a junior in the Astronomy and Physics program at Boston University and has been working on TERRIERS for a little over a year. He describes his primary focus as "keeping the satellite healthy and making everything run smoothly."
"This experience has been enormously educational and given me a greater understanding of the complexity of satellite systems."
Daniel Hoak, Operator
Daniel is a freshman at Boston University majoring in Physics and says he has always wanted to study Physics and Aeronautics. In the future, he hopes to become an astronaut. Dan is from Worcester, Massachusetts.
"Of all the things I've learned working on TERRIERS, the most valuable has been the experience working with computers. I didn't have any prior training in computer programming, but now I can program the LDL language. That alone has made the whole project worthwhile."
Melanie Jetter, Operator
Melanie is a freshman in the Physics and Astronomy program at Boston University, and describes her job as an operator as a combination of creating programs to send to the satellite and downloading data received from the satellite. Melanie is from Montclair, New Jersey.
"Working on the TERRIERS satellite project has been an incredible learning experience. When the data is collected, it will provide a wealth of brand new information to help scientists better understand the complex processes and relationships between the sun and various regions of the upper atmosphere."
Farzad Kamalabadi, Research Assistant
Farzad is a graduate student in the College of Engineering and Center for Space Physics. He has worked extensively on the development of the mathematical methods and processes that will be used to analyze the data collected by TERRIERS. The tomographic methods developed by Farzad for the extraction of physical information from TERRIERS measurements form the basis for a large component of his Ph.D. thesis. Farzad is the recipient of a NASA fellowship (GSRP) for the development of these techniques.
"I've gained great computer skills, learned extensively about spacecraft performance, and discovered a lot about NASA as an organization. Most importantly, I've gotten to meet some of the smartest people in our nation who work in the aerospace community."
Gregory Lemieux, Operator
Gregory is a sophomore in the Aerospace engineering program at Boston University. His ultimate career goal is to work for NASA.
"The best part about working on TERRIERS has been learning how the major components of a space craft operate and what needs to be done to ready the craft for launch."
Yann-Bor Lin, Operator
Yann-Bor is a sophomore in the 7-year medical science program at Boston University. His fascination with space exploration prompted him to sign up for the TERRIERS project and his job entails creating schedules for the spacecraft and analyzing the engineering data to ensure normal operation of the satellite. He is from Little Neck, New York.
"I've learned so much about computers and about how a spacecraft works. Working with the other operators has been wonderful. I've loved being part of the TERRIERS team."
Emily Lyman, Operator
Emily is a freshman at Boston University majoring in Astronomy and Physics. She is from Albany, New York.
"I created the graphical user interface program which sends commands to the spacecraft and then trained undergraduate students to use it. The experience was mutually beneficial because I got to learn a great deal about spacecraft subsystems, programming, and communication."
Janine Lyn, Software Development
Janine graduated from Boston University with a major in Astronomy and Physics. She is
currently a staff member of the Center for Space Physics.
She is from Houston, Texas.
Valerie Maher, Operator
Marge Meehan, Accounts Analyst, Center for Space Physics
Michael Mendillo, Co-Investigator and Professor of Astronomy
and Center for Space Physics
Prof. Mendillo received his Ph.D. from Boston University. His research interests
include ionospheric and space plasma physics, planetary
atmospheres, historical astronomy; space based ``active'' experiments, and
ground based optical and radio diagnostics.
Kathy Nottingham, Assistant to the Director and Administrator, Center for Space Physics
William L. Oliver, Jr., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Oliver's research centers on using radar to study the upper atmosphere geographic modeling of the ionosphere and simulating changes in the upper atmosphere. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Neal Shen, Operator
Neal is a junior majoring in electrical engineering. He credits his experience with TERRIERS for giving him an excellent understanding of how a satellite works and knowledge of how to program in UNIX. Neal is from Boca Raton, Florida.
"What surprised me the most about this whole experience was the amazing complexity of building a spacecraft and instrumentation. It is truly an evolutionary process."
Frank Sienkiewicz, Observatory Curator
Frank is responsible for maintenance and supervision of facilities, development of resources and public relations at the Coit Observatory. He describes his primary responsibility on the TERRIERS project as developing public and educational outreach programs.
"What has impressed me most is the phenomenal amount of time and work that go into building and running a satellite. The computer programming skills have also been invaluable."
Francesca E. Simon, Operator
Francesca is a senior in the Astronomy and Physics program at Boston University.
"I am very interested in space flight and spacecraft design and TERRIERS has allowed me to participate in every step of creating a satellite. It has introduced me to the practical design of a space vehicle and complements the theoretical knowledge I receive in class."
Jessica Skorubski, Operator
Jessica is a sophomore in the Aerospace Engineering program at Boston University. She was looking for a job to provide her with laboratory and career-related experience and found the TERRIERS project adeptly met these needs. Jessica is from Ringwood, New Jersey.
"I am responsible for organizing the data we receive from the TERRIERS satellite and posting it on the Internet for analysis."
Ashish Sodhi, Data Analyst
Sodhi is a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering majoring in software engineering at Boston University. He is from New Delhi, India.
"Working on TERRIERS has been rewarding. I feel like a modern day apprentice."
Andrew Stephan, Instrument Scientist
Andrew Stephan is a graduate student in the Astronomy and Space Physics program. He built and tested the primary instruments onboard TERRIERS. The data retrieved from the satellite will be the basis of his Ph.D. thesis, which examines low-density plasma 'bubbles' that can cause interference with radar satellite communications links. Andy is originally from Neenah, Wisconsin.
Sherri Godlin Stephan, Instrument Designer
Sherri worked on the initial designs for the photometers onboard TERRIERS. She is a graduate student in Astronomy, and is originally from Woodridge, New York.
"I am grateful that, as a college student, I was able to work on a satellite like TERRIERS. It was extremely beneficial for me to learn so much about mechanical engineering and project organization at such a relatively young age."
Valerie Taylor, Project Engineer
Valerie, BU alum, is a mechanical engineer at the BU Center for Space Physics. She became involved with TERRIERS as an undergraduate working on the design, construction, and testing of the payload. She has since remained involved with the project and as a member of the launch team, traveled to Vandenberg AFB to prepare the satellite for launch. She is originally from Wetumpka, Alabama.
"I like building things from parts; that is, taking nothing but parts and from those assembling a useful whole. It's quite exciting to see things come together from a dream through to reality."
Jim Vickers, postdoctoral research associate
Jim Vickers has been involved in the TERRIERS project since its inception. Initially he was responsible for designing the electrical interface between the payload section, which was built at Boston University, and the spacecraft bus, which was built by AeroAstro. Once this interface was specified, he designed, built, and tested all of the payload electronics for TERRIERS. He was also responsible for the Gas Ionization Solar Spectral Monitor (GISSMO), which will measure the solar EUV irradiance using and optics-free method. GISSMO formed the core of an experimental side to his Ph.D. dissertation. He is most excited to see the science data from TERRIERS, as this is where he hopes to learn many new facts about the near-space region surrounding our planet.
"TERRIERS has been an amazing crash course in dealing with emergencies under pressure, gaining experience in computer programming and learning how 'real' science is executed."
Kevin Wilton, Operator
Kevin is a junior in the Astronomy and Space program at Boston University.
Mr. John R. Sevier, Director, USRA, Division of Educational Programs
Mr. Sevier earned his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT in 1951. He received an MS in Aeronautical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1953 and a second MS in Physics from William and Mary in 1962. Sevier has served as Director of the NASA/USRA University Advanced Design Program and Associate Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute. He currently also serves as Deputy Director of the USRA's Division of Space Biomedicine.
Paul Bernhardt, Naval Research Laboratories
Steven J. Franke, professor of electrical & computer engineering, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
John Foster, MIT Haystack Observatory