Robert P. Lin Fellowship

The Space Sciences Laboratory

2017 Robert P. Lin Graduate Fellowship

The Lin Fellowship was established in 2012 with gifts from the family of Professor Robert Lin. It is used to support outstanding UC Berkeley graduate students who pursue research related to space sciences. Three Lin Fellows were selected for 2017, and they are being funded to carry out research during the summer.  They are:

Chris  Möckel:   “Experience  without  theory  is  blind,  but  theory  without experience  is  mere  intellectual  play.”  The  origin  of  this  quote  might  be disputed, but certainly not its meaning.   After a theory-­‐focused study in the Netherlands  and  two  years  of  research  in  the  field  of  planetary  science,  I realized  that  I  was  missing  some  crucial  understanding  of  how  instruments function. I have always been a “learning-­‐by-­‐doing” person, and by being part of an effort to build an instrument, I hope I will manage to fill the gap between

theory and experience. The Robert Lin fellowship allows me to work on the CURIE CubeSats, which are currently designed at the Space Science Laboratory. The CubeSat philosophy is based on the idea of short design cycles so that as a student I can witness and contribute to the full life cycle of the mission, gathering the desired experience on the way.

Aashrita Mangu: Aashrita completed her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2016 from Caltech where she also gained experience working on ultrafast photodevices and machine learning applications in experimental high energy physics. She is entering the UCB Physics Ph.D. program in the fall. As a Lin Fellow, she will be working with Prof. Adrian Lee on the LiteBIRD project, which is a proposed satellite instrument for studying the cosmic microwave background.


Steven Lee:  Steven comes to Berkeley from CUNY-­‐Brooklyn College where he  obtained  a  bachelor’s  degree  in  Physics  and  Mathematics.    He  is  an entering  UCB  Physics  Ph.D.  candidate.   His  Lin  Fellowship  project  involves work on the Gamma-­‐Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar Flares (GRIPS) balloon borne   instrument.     GRIPS   has   been   developed   at   the   Space   Sciences Laboratory,  and  it  had  a  balloon  flight  from  Antarctica  in  2016.     The instrument is back at SSL, and Steven will be testing it after its long trip to the ice and back.