Hao Chen, received the Luigi Napolitano Award at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington DC this week. This award is given by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) annually to a young scientist, under age 30, who has contributed significantly to Aerospace Science. Hao's paper takes a unique perspective of using game theory and mathematical optimization to design an incentive mechanism to stimulate the participation of the commercial industries in space exploration, providing a large impact on the emerging space commercialization trend.
Prof. Ho has received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award and a NASA Early Career Faculty Award for two projects that utilize space system optimization. His DARPA research will focus on network-based simulation concept to optimize logistics design for on-orbit, servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (OSAM) missions and through his NASA award, Ho's research group will develop new approaches to safely, accurately, and efficiently land space vehicles in uncertain environments.
Prof. Koki Ho is seen here accepting his Young Faculty Award from DARPA program manager Dr. Michael Fiddy
Working alongside his advisor, Prof. E. Glenn Lightsey, William will use his NSTRF to support research into a new Doppler-based tracking system to be used to locate land rovers - and, eventually, people - on distant planets. He hopes to improve the Techonology Readiness Level (TRL) of this system.