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Evan Kawamura is a Featured Speaker for the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Aerospace Engineering Series
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Evan Kawamura is a Featured Speaker for the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Aerospace Engineering Series

Perception & Distributed Sensing (P&DS) Approach and Landing Principal Investigator Dr. Evan Kawamura virtually attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Aerospace Engineering Program seminar series as a speaker on April 13, 2022. The audience consisted of undergraduate and graduate students. Evan presented his graduate study research activities and recent conference publication titled, “Vision-Based Precision Approach and Landing for Advanced Air Mobility.”

BACKGROUND: Evan Kawamura received B.S. and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering in 2016 and 2020, respectively, and has been part of the University of Hawaiʻi Drone Technologies (UHDT) team since 2014, currently serving as a mentor. He also led Dr. Azimov’s Autonomous Control Technologies – Unmanned Aerial Systems (ACTUAS) project, where students learned about UAS kinematics, dynamics, guidance, navigation, and control, and conducted simulations and assembled, integrated, and flew UAS’, such as fixed‐wing and multi-rotor UAS for a wide range of applications. He was a NASA Pathways intern and recently converted to a full-time civil servant in 2021. Currently, he works on the P&DS project under the Transformational Tools and Technologies project at NASA Ames Research Center, conducting research in computer vision and navigation for distributed sensor networks and precision approach and landing.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering recently established an Aerospace Engineering track under the Engineering Sciences Program with corresponding educational curriculum centered at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The program contributes to academic curriculum and courses and complements existing Hawaiʻi-based research and projects to fill scientific and technological gaps in Hawaiʻi. Providing desired and needed capabilities both state and nationwide strengthens Hawaii’s aerospace-related technologies to potentially become a beacon for international collaboration in aeronautics, astronautics and astrodynamics research throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The program focuses on exposing students to aerospace-related projects and technologies and includes collaboration and partnerships with NASA, the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and other federal and state-based organizations.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Transformational Tools and Technologies (TTT) project, Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

POINT OF CONTACT: Evan Kawamura, evan.t.kawamura@nasa.gov

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