York graduate Julian Brown '11 and Keaton Stubis, Julian’s mate from MIT, placed 1st, sharing the $10,000 award at the Small Satellite Conference hosted by Utah State University. College graduate and undergraduate students from across the globe pursuing degrees in engineering or science competed in an Oral Presentation at the Technical Conference. The top six papers were selected based on technical content, scientific merit, industry relevance, and clarity of writing. The panel of judges drawn from industry, academia and government scored each student finalist based on their twelve minute presentation and response to questions.
Julian’s research began while he was a summer intern with the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. York parent and former astronaut Dr. James Newman was his mentor, and assigned the star tracker project for satellite navigation. The success of Julian’s work warranted an article on the navy’s website, and led to the award of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Fellowship in 2015. While working there as a researcher developing new technologies for satellite systems focused on communications, he earned his Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 2016.
Julian is currently pursing a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read his current paper: “TETRA: Star Identification With Hash Tables”. Or try out the star tracker with your own photos of the stars on Julian’s website here: http:// tetra.rocks/