Public lecture

TITLE : Lean Satellite; A new way of making and using a satellite

Mengu Cho received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tokyo, in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Aeronautics/Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1992. After working at Kobe University from 1992 to 1995 and at International Space University from 1995 to 1996, he joined Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Kitakyushu, Japan in 1996. Since 2004, He has been a Professor and the Director of the Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering (LaSEINE) of Kyutech. Currently, he is the head of Department of Space Systems Engineering. His research interests include spacecraft environmental interaction, particularly spacecraft charging and nano-satellite reliability. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 papers in peer reviewed journals. He served as the project lead of three ISO standard, including the nanosatellite testing standard ISO-19683. He supervised 11 university satellite projects, among which 9 projects, 16 satellites, were already launched as of October 2019. He received Space Development and Utilization Award from Japanese government twice. The satellite project, BIRDS-I, he supervised received 2017 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award in recognition of demonstrating a fine example of bringing diversity to engineering education. In 2019, he received Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal from International Astronautical Federation as an educator who demonstrated excellence in promoting the study of Astronautics.

TITLE : Passion for Engineering? Make, Test and Launch Satellite

Arifur R. Khan was born on 7th of January 1973 in a remote village of Shirajgang, named Arkandhi. Later they moved to Narayanganj where he completed his primary, secondary and college education in science. A. R. Khan completed his undergraduate and graduate study in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from University of Dhaka. Soon after his graduation in 1999, he started his first job, as Chemical Analyst at Jayson Pharmaceutical Company Ltd in Dhaka. After 3rd month of his job, Arifur Khan commenced his teaching career as a lecturer in Chemistry at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST), Dhaka. After more than three years of teaching, he shifted his job to Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) in the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESM) in 2003. He has been awarded Japanese government scholarship ‘Monbukagakusho:MEXT’ from October 2004 to complete his Ph.D. in Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering in Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan by September 2008. Soon after his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Khan started his research and academic career in the Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment and Interaction Engineering (LaSEINE) under the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In 2013, December, he has been promoted to Assistant Professor. Later, from April 2016 he has been hired as Assistant Professor (Research) of Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas at El Paso, Texas, USA. In the Ph.D. course, he studied the reaction kinetics and dynamics of H and O plasma on the space grade solar cell to reveal the reaction mechanism. The application of this process is in the plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) through which Transistor, MOSFET, etc. have been designed in the nano-scale range (Nano-device fabrication). During his research career as a postdoctoral fellow, he has invented a passive sensor (ELF and SCM) to mitigate spacecraft charging with space durable circuitry. ELF and SCM has been attached on several small spacecraft (Horyu-II, IV, Hodoyoshi-III, IV, HTV-IV, etc.) and in orbit operation has been confirmed. In parallel, Dr. Khan worked with Patch antenna, Double Langmuir Probe (DLP) for space application, charge transportation through space grade dielectrics and guided many Ph.D. and MS students. Along with this, Dr. Khan has been an active member of several small satellite projects, such as Horyu-II (Japan), Horyu-IV (Japan), Micro-Dragon (Vietnam), BIRDS-I (Japan-based multinational group), Orbital Factory-II (UTEP, Texas), etc. He is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a regular reviewer of IEEE Transaction of Plasma Science and Elsevier: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. He actively participated in many discussions with international working groups responsible for International Standardization (ISO 11221, ISO 19923, ISO 19683).