Daniel Hilbich, Applied Science
I am currently an MASc candidate in electronics engineering, specializing in nanotechnology, microfabrication, micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) and space applications. My current research involves the development of a micro total analysis system (uTAS) capable of performing custom programmable analyses of chemical and biological micro samples in various environments. The project is ideal for applications requiring the programmable analyses of multiple small volume samples, for example in earth-based airborne pathogen screenings in airports, or ongoing health and chemical monitoring in isolated environments in space. Outside of academics, the majority of my work has been in hardware design, embedded system design, and communications networks.
I have had a lifelong passion for the study of science, space, and life. In the summer of 2012 I participated in the International Space University’s (ISU) Space Studies Program (SSP) at the Florida Institute of Technology and NASA Kennedy Space Center. There, I discovered how effective an interdisciplinary work environment can be. I enjoyed the experience of having a diverse group people with different backgrounds cooperating to achieve a common goal, which is why I joined this year's Colloquium. It was a pleasure to share my interests in astrobiology and life sciences wth my classmates and to get in-depth coverage from some the world leaders in these subjects.