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.

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.

Kento Akiyama

Kento Akiyama
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics, Compressible fluid dynamics, Spacecraft propulsion systems

I joined STSEL since I’m interested in spacecraft propulsion systems. I’m now studying aerodynamic flowfields.

Shogo Ito

Shogo Ito
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research Interests: Compressible aerodynamics, CFD, Supersonic retro-propulsion, human Mars mission

I am working on Supersonic Retro-Propuksion (SRP) for human Mars mission. SRP is used when a spaceship decelerates and lands. I also like sports, especially workout. My most favorite phrase is “Tough body survives supersonic”. That phrase is also my motto. I participate in volunteer activities once a month. I am really happy to join STSEL!

Hiroto Ito

Hiroto Ito
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research Interests: Space missions, Multidisciplinary optimisation

I studied robot control in my undergraduate. I’m so glad to join STSEL because I have had interests in spacecraft and satellites since my childhood. I like snowboarding in winter.

Kotaro Cho

Kotaro Cho
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research Interests: Space missions, Machine learning

I have been dreaming of working on a job related to space development since I watched SF movies such as Star Wars.  I would like to learn new things and tackle challenges in my research.

Eigo Nishikawa

Eigo Nishikawa
  • Master’s student, BEng
  • Research Interests: Space missions

My dream has been to become an astronaut since my childhood, and so I’m very happy to join STSEL. My hobbies are going to karaoke, reading comics and training. I have confidence in my stamina, so I will do my best.

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.

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.

Undergraduate students

Kohei Omiya

Kohei Omiya
  • Bachelor’s student
  • 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
  • Bachelor’s student
  • 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.

Takaaki Matsuura

Takaaki Matsuura
  • Bachelor’s student
  • 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 interns

Debdoot Ghosh

Debdoot Ghosh
  • Research intern, BEng
  • 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.

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.