Mauricio Coen

I'm pursuing a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. Check out my Resume or scroll below for project summaries

Human-in-the-loop robotic simulations

Currently assembling state-of-the-art research in computer vision, path planning and control theory with virtual reality and multiuser scenarios to enable integrated testing of autonomous navigation with human presence.

A3DPT Mars 1

Advantages of 3D Printing Technology (A3DPT) for Mars exploration 1 was the first experiment exploring whether consumer 3D printers would enable more flexible geological operations in future Mars exploration. I headed the design of the geological tools and team coordination during the experiment, perfomed as part of the Poland Mars Analog Simulation 2017.

Aerospace Sciences Course at Duke Talent Identification Program

I designed a comprehensive course in Aerospace Sciences during the first half of 2015, which I then taught in Winter Park, FL as part of the Duke Talent Identification Program. The course concentrated on testing and iteration through projects that introduced math and physics principles needed in Aerospace problem solving. The students were exposed to 3D printing, programming, mathematical literacy, cardboard, glue, scissors, and a real rocket launch. It received the highest ratings in student feedback for Duke TIP that year. Class trip: Altas 5 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral

Cohesive Autonomous Navigation System

During 2015, I worked on a team project named Cohesive Autonomous Navigation System (CANS). It aimed to produce a software platform where researchers can utilize their autonomous navigation algorithms in a plug-and-play fashion. I collected Vicon and camera data for using as ground truth during testing of the system, and debugged the codebase (C++, SQL and MATLAB).

DNA To Go: Portable biochemical analysis

During 2014, I participated in a project combining consumer class quadcopters, 3D printers and low cost electronics to utilize a small-footprint DNA diagnosis process called convective thermocycled polymer chain reaction. I helped design the 3D printed enclosure, the electronics board and integration into the quadcopter. The resulting paper was published in Journal of Analytical Chemistry (Editors' Choice).

Zero Robotics Middle School Program

Starting in 2014, I mentor middle school students in Texas participating in the Zero Robotics Middle School Program. This involves teaching students to code their own space navigation algorithms in C. The students get to run their code in the International Space Station, testing their algorithms in a robotic platform called SPHERES.