April 2, 2015 - How close does a scene from a science fiction space Hollywood movie compare with reality? In the 2013 film Gravity, a space mission becomes deadly when a defunct satellite is hit by a missile strike, causing space debris. The space debris, traveling at high speed, typically several kilometers per second, can cause catastrophic damage. To characterize the potential threat of a collision similar to the one depicted in the movie, it is important to understand the dynamics of inactive satellites.
March 18, 2015 - It has been said that children are our future; we should teach them well and let them lead the way. One such way of doing so is by providing opportunities for youth to explore the various careers and professions available to them as an adult. Job shadowing connects students with business, government, and academic professionals in their field of interest to learn about a typical day in a profession and gain firsthand knowledge of the duties and responsibilities involved.
March 9, 2015 - The Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA) honored Michael Pfeffer as the Clean Tech/Ag Entrepreneur of the Year at their 26 February gala at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Attendees included representatives from Hawaii’s startup community, from entrepreneurs to venture capitalists.
March 3, 2015 - Thinking small can often have a big impact. This is definitely the case in nanoenergetics, a field of materials engineering using tiny particles that enables super-efficient combustion on a nano-scale. When scaled and combined, the greater surface area has better contact with oxidizing chemicals – allowing the delivery of a very, very efficient combustion.
February 27, 2015 - The Oceanit community was deeply saddened to hear that John Pina Craven, one of the country’s premier ocean engineers, passed away on 12 February in Honolulu, at age 90.
As the man dubbed the “mad genius from the bottom of the sea” by Wired Magazine, Dr. Craven inspired Oceanit Founder and Chairman Dr. Patrick Sullivan to think outside the box. “Dr. Craven was on my PhD committee,” recalls Dr. Sullivan, “and would fire strange and intriguing questions to force me to think outside traditional approaches to solving problems.