P16104: Microfluidic Spectroscopy for Proteins within CubeSats
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Our senior design project is an automated bioassay that can analyze the effect of microgravity on proteins within the constraints of a miniature satellite known as a CubeSat. Currently, protein experiments in space are sent to the International Space Station (ISS), crystallized, and then sent back to Earth for analysis. This method is extremely expensive, but the introduction of CubeSats in the early 21st century provide a lower cost alternative to launch experiments into space. This is very promising for research scientists who want to use microgravity experiments to study fundamental biology.

This project will design the payload of the CubeSat. The expected end result is a working bioassay prototype that is able to reach NASA's Technical Readiness Level 4 to show proof of concept in a laboratory environment.

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Project Name
Microfluidic Spectroscopy for Proteins within CubeSats
Project Number
P16104
Project Family
Aerospace Systems and Technology
Start Term
2151
End Term
2155
Faculty Guide
Mr. Harold Paschal
Primary Customer
Dr. Lea Michel

Team Members

From left to right: Darin Berrigan, Anna Jensen, Mallory Rauch, August Allen, Andrea Mazzocchi, James Lewis, Matthew Glazer

From left to right: Darin Berrigan, Anna Jensen, Mallory Rauch, August Allen, Andrea Mazzocchi, James Lewis, Matthew Glazer

Member Role Contact
Darin Berrigan Project Manager dmb4583@rit.edu
August Allen Lead Engineer aoa9298@rit.edu
Mallory Rauch Biomedical Engineer mmr5910@rit.edu
Andrea Mazzocchi Biomedical Engineer arm4347@rit.edu
Anna Jensen Structural Engineer atj2704@rit.edu
Matthew Glazer Electrical Engineer msg1254@rit.edu
James Lewis Electrical Engineer jdl1653@rit.edu

Table of Contents

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Team Values and Norms

Project Management

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the guidance of Mr. Harold Paschal, Dr. Dorin Patru, Dr. Lea Michel.