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Fatak B

- Research Program Mentor

Industry expert at State University of New York at Buffalo


Aerospace Engineering; Flight Software Design; Modeling and Simulation; Bioastronautics


My academic and professional interests lie at the intersection of aerospace engineering, computer science, medicine, and design. In order to expand access to space travel and achieve a more permanent presence outside of our planet, we need many breakthroughs, particularly in autonomy and bioastronautics, for manufacturing space habitats and keeping humans healthy throughout the journey. With the accelerated commercialization of the space sector, it is an exciting time to be part of these undertakings. I dedicate most of my free time to reading and staying active by running, working out, playing tennis, swimming, and taking a shot at any sport I've never tried before.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Surveying impacts of long-term space travel on the human body

A one-way trip to Mars takes approximately 6 months. During this long journey, the astronauts on board must deal with the harsh environment of space such as radiation and microgravity as well as isolation, communication delays, etc. The student can write a review paper surveying the existing technologies and strategies as well as ongoing advancements to counteract the effects of these factors on astronaut physiology, psychology, sensorimotor functionality, and overall health.

Product Design Cycle

Design is often thought of as an ad-hoc process, but it requires proper implementation of several key steps such as understanding the specific need your design seeks to address and current shortcomings in the market, customer feedback, prototyping, testing, iterating, and delivering a final product. In this project, the student can implement the product design process on a project of their own choosing.

Coding skills

Python, Matlab, Simulink, C++, LaTeX, Git, SVN

Languages I know

Persian, Turkish

Teaching experience

I was a tutor for physics and calculus in college and I've also assisted interns at my current company with project onboarding and technical mentoring.


Work experience

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2018 - 2019)
Mechatronics Engineer
Draper (2020 - Current)
Guidance, Navigation, and Control Algorithm Designer


State University of New York at Buffalo
BS Bachelor of Science (2020)
Aerospace Engineering

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