The Space Sciences Laboratory Robert P. Lin Graduate Fellowship was established in 2012 with a gift from Robert Lin’s wife, Lily Lin. It is used to support outstanding UC Berkeley graduate students who pursue research related to space sciences. Three Lin Fellows were selected for 2017, and they are being funded to carry out research during the summer. They are:
Chris Möckel: “Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” The origin of this quote might be disputed, but certainly not its meaning. After a theory-focused study in the Netherlands and two years of research in the field of planetary science, I realized that I was missing some crucial understanding of how instruments function. I have always been a “learning-by-doing” person, and by being part of an effort to build an instrument, I hope I will manage to fill the gap between theory and experience. The Robert Lin fellowship allows me to work on the CURIE CubeSats, which are currently designed at the Space Science Laboratory. The CubeSat philosophy is based on the idea of short design cycles so that as a student I can witness and contribute to the full life cycle of the mission, gathering the desired experience on the way.
Aashrita Mangu: Aashrita completed her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2016 from Caltech where she also gained experience working on ultrafast photo devices and machine learning application in experimental high energy physics. She is entering the UCB Physics Ph.D. program in the fall. As a Lin Fellow, she will be working with Prof. Adrian Lee on the LiteBIRD project, which is a proposed satellite instrument for studying the cosmic microwave background.
Steven Lee: Steven comes to Berkeley from CUNY-Brooklyn College where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. He is an entering UCB Physics Ph.D. candidate. His Lin Fellowship project involves work on the Gamma-Ray Imager/Plarimeter for Solar Flares (GRIPS) balloon born instrument. GRIPS has been developed at the Space Sciences Laboratory, and it had a balloon flight from Antarctica in 2016. The instrument is back at SSL, and Steven will be testing it after its long trip to the ice and back.
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