STSEL Space Transportation Systems Engineering Laboratory

Members

Academic staff

Hideaki Ogawa

Hideaki Ogawa
  • Lab Director, Associate Professor, PhD (Camb), MSc (Stan), MEng (UoT)
  • Research interests: Space transportation systems, Space mission design, Multidisciplinary design optimisation, Hypersonic airbreathing propulsion
  • Course coordination: Compressible Aerodynamics, Spaceplane (Reusable Launch Vehicle) Engineering, Re-Entry Dynamics, Space Utilisation
  • Membership: JSASS (Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences), AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)

It has been my dream and aspiration to make space more accessible. I feel privileged to lead this laboratory, applying my expertise and experiences earned in my academic and research career after 16 years spent in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia.

Suk Hyun Yeo

Suk Hyun Yeo
  • Assistant Professor, PhD, BEng (Hons)
  • Research interests: Electric propulsion, Space systems engineering, Multidisciplinary design optimisation, Space mission design, Propulsion systems design
  • Teaching assistance: Spaceflight Systems Design

Taking a keen interest in combining space flight/propulsion systems and multidisciplinary design optimisation, I endeavour to make space more accessible in terms of not only Earth-to-space transportation but also interplanetary, deep space travel.

Yuki Takao

Yuki Takao
  • Assistant Professor (Special Project), PhD, MEng (UoT)
  • Research interests: Astrodynamics, Deep space exploration, Spacecraft systems, Trajectory design, Control theory
  • Membership: JSASS (Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences), AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), SICE (The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers)

After working on deep space exploration missions for 8 years in JAXA, I joined STSEL as an assistant professor in 2023. I am highly motivated to open the way to unexplored worlds in the solar system and beyond.

Yasuhisa Shinmoto

  • Assistant Professor, PhD, MEng
  • Teaching coordination and assistance: Aerospace Drafting, Aerospace Experiments

Postgraduate students

Mehmet Aksay

Mehmet Aksay
  • PhD student, MSc
  • Research interests: Multidisciplinary design optimisation, Compressible aerodynamics, Hypersonic airbreathing propulsion, Experimental aerodynamics
  • Membership: TUREB (Turkey Wind Energy Association)

I joined STSEL after getting a MSc degree from METU (in Turkey) to pursue my dreams of contributing towards humanity by making the space exploration and space travel more feasible and accessible for all people living on Earth. My hobbies are martial arts, traditional archery, Japanese tea ceremony and reading. I also love going to theatres, concerts, musicals, cultural festivals and art exhibitions.

Chihiro Fujio

Chihiro Fujio
  • PhD student (JSPS DC1), MEng
  • Research Interests: Scramjet engine, Scramjet intake, Shock wave, Computational fluid dynamics
  • Teaching assistance: Aerospace Engineering I (Compressible aerodynamics), Space Utilisation
  • Membership: JSASS (Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences)

I’m interested in hypersonic air-breathing propulsion, in particular, scramjet engines. I’m studying the aerodynamic flowfields and physical phenomena by using CFD simulations.

Tsubasa Ozawa

Tsubasa Ozawa
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research Interests: Electric propulsion, Plasma physics, Optimisation (genetic algorithms), Astrodynamics (three body problem)

Hello, I am Tsubasa. My name ‘Tsubasa’ means ‘wing’ in Japanese, so I believe I’m destined to study aerospace engineering. I was living in Tokyo for a long time, but after coming Kyushu, I got to really enjoy natural surroundings and delicious seafoods here, and driving around such beautiful places has become one of my most favourite hobbies. I also like playing and watching soccer.

Miyu Shimmoto

Miyu Shimmoto
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research Interests: Scramjet engines, Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Shock waves

My dream is to go to space on the rocket I’ve developed by myself !! I’m glad to join STSEL and excited to study what I love every day. I also like talking and singing.

Midori Takezaki

Midori Takezaki
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research Interests: Space missions, Active debris removal

I have been interested in space engineering since I was a junior high school student. My bachelor thesis dealt with trajectory design for active debris removal. I’m interested in debris removal, so I would like to work on it for the master’s degree.

Masanobu Matsunaga

Masanobu Matsunaga
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research Interests: Compressible gas dynamics, Supersonic nozzle design

I took keen interest in compressible gas dynamics, when I learned it, so I’m very glad to join STSEL. My research topic is supersonic nozzle design optimisation. I’ll do my best to work on it.

Kohei Omiya

Kohei Omiya
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research interests: Space transportation systems

I joined STSEL because I’m interested in space transportation systems and scramjet propulsion. I’ll study the external flow around the launch vehicles.

Keisuke Suenaga

Keisuke Suenaga
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research interests: Electric propulsion, Genetic algorithms, Plasma physics

I entered this department because I’d like to become an aerospace engineer, so I’m glad to join STSEL and I’ll try to learn a lot things. I like watching soccer.

Tomoaki Nara

Tomoaki Nara
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research interests: Scramjet engines, Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Machine learning, Shock waves, Combustion

I am interested in supersonic aerodynamic flowfields and combustion, so I am glad to join STSEL. I would like to realize next-generation propulsion systems that will amaze the world.

Takaaki Matsuura

Takaaki Matsuura
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research interests: Trajectory design, Neural ODE, Optimization, Space missions

I’m pleased to be one of the members of STSEL. I’d like to learn something new about aerospace engineering here and be involved in space development in the future. My hobby is watching and playing sports, especially baseball.

Research students

Aric Bandera

Aric Bandera
  • Research student (MEXT Scholar), BEng
  • Research interests: Space exploration, Satellites, 3D printing, Design optimization
  • Membership: MEXT Scholars Association, American Chemical Society

I am Mexican-American from California. From a young age, my biggest dream has been to travel through the stars and explore other worlds. I have come to STSEL to research the feasibility of satellite structural design for in-space assembly by implementing 3D printing aids. My hobbies are training, martial arts, anime, comics & exploring.

Alfredo (Pidot) Jr. Javier

Alfredo (Pidot) Jr. Javier
  • Research student (MEXT Scholar), BEng
  • Research interests: Deep space missions, Multidisciplinary system design optimization, Machine learning
  • Membership: MEXT Scholars Association

The fascination I have for space is beyond words. Its exploration is limitless, hence, I aspire to make it more accessible. In addition, as a musician, I shall always bring the art of music with me as we venture into the vastness of the universe.

Debdoot Ghosh

Debdoot Ghosh
  • Research student
  • Research interests: Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL), Hypersonic aerothermodynamics, Supersonic combustion
  • Membership: AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)

I am an undergraduate student from VIT Vellore, India, with a keen interest in propulsion and aero-thermodynamic aspects of hypersonic cruise and accelerated vehicles, and emerging Entry Descent Landing (EDL) technologies like Supersonic Retro-Propulsion.
Apart from research, I like reading about new technologies and international geopolitics.

Undergraduate students

Aoi Shibakita

Aoi Shibakita
  • Bachelor’s student
  • Research interests: Compressible gas dynamics, Scramjet engines

I’m interested in space transportation systems. I’ll learn about compressible gas dynamics in detail through my graduation research and someday I would like to realize a new type of launch vehicle.

Tomoki Shimauchi

Tomoki Shimauchi
  • Bachelor’s student
  • Research interests: Space mission design, Solar sail, Multidisciplinary design optimisation

I’m excited to be a member of STSEL and look forward to studying something new about aerospace engineering. I aspire to make a big impact on space transportation systems that will be useful for deep space mission.

Hayato Mori

Hayato Mori
  • Bachelor’s student
  • Research interests: Aerospace vehicles, Space transportation, Electric propulsion

I love the sophisticated designs and intricate systems of aerospace vehicles such as airplanes, rockets, and space craft. That’s why I’m eager to work at STSEL and help create even better transportation methods. In my free time, I am involved in a club where we design and build human-powered airplanes. I find joy in creating objects with my hands.

You (Andy) Tae Young

  • Bachelor’s student
  • Research interests: TBW

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Former (active) members

Shuvayan Brahmachary

Shuvayan Brahmachary
  • Postdoctoral research fellow (Sep 2019 – Sep 2021), PhD
  • Research interests: Computational fluid dynamics, Multidisciplinary design optimisation, Compressible flow dynamics, High performance computing
  • Membership: SCRS (Soft Computing Research Society), SSWR (Society for Shock Wave Research)

I obtained my PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and then I joined Space Transportation and System Engineering Laboratory. Here, I get the opportunity to bridge the gap between computational techniques and experimental methods. I am working towards designing efficient airbreathing engines while also contributing towards the use of highly parallel frameworks to tackle optimisation problems related to space debris. Apart from academics, I am an avid fan of Chelsea FC, distance running, mindfulness and an occasional reader.