Born and raised in the town of Honokaa on the Big Island, Dustyn’s passions include hunting, fishing, and diving. He currently attends Honolulu Community College on Oahu and plans to transfer to Hawaii Pacific University in the spring, where he will eventually pursue a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Home Island: Big Island
Institution when accepted: Honolulu Community College
Akamai Project: Designing a Portable Data Acquisition Unit: Increasing Efficiency and Maximizing Productivity by Use of Standards
Project Site: Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Mentor: Lucio Ramos
Subaru Telescope uses Agilent data acquisition units to monitor vital information from their equipment such as voltage, current, temperature, and resistance. The goal of this project is to create a portable unit that is capable of conducting various measurements on test points at the summit or at the base of operations. Special considerations that needed to be considered were the operating altitude and temperature. A major obstacle encountered was the non-compatibility of connectors used at different test locations. To remedy this problem we have proposed a standard for connecting to the data acquisition units using Mil-Spec 3111 connectors. Topics to be discussed are: Design process, special considerations, and the proposed standard. Discussion will focus mainly on the benefits and drawbacks of the proposed standard, as these tradeoffs are relevant for many other organizations.