mini-LHR Team

Jendai Robinson


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Education

BS, Chemistry, minor in mathematics, emphasis in marine biology, Virginia State University,VA, 2012.

Honors/Achievements

NASA Student Ambassador. NASA Headquarters, Washington DC. December 2012

MS PHD'S Cohort 8. Institute of Broadening Participation. December 2011-March 2013

Top Sophomore Chemistry Major Award. VSU. Petersburg, VA. February 2009

Dean's List. VSU. Petersburg, VA. December 2008-December 2012

Albert and Louise Davis Scholarship. VSU. Petersburg, VA. August 2008-May 2009

Research Experience

June 2013 - August 2013

NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD                                                   Mentor: Dr. Emily Wilson Steel and Felicia Jones-Selden

We worked on identifying and analyzing technical design parameters of planetary, astrophysics, earth and heliophysics missions to generate a model for improving design margins for aerospace missions. Components were also soldered for the development of an RF box. Some of the instruments and techniques I used were SPSS, MiniTab, soldering and Python.

January 2013 - April 2013

NASA Ames, Moffett Field, CA                                                Mentor: Dr. George Cooper

We worked on the chemical analysis of organic compounds found in extraterrestrial soil samples. Some of the instruments and techniques used were GC-MS, LC-MS and ion exchange chromatography.

June 2012 - August 2012

EPA/NASA ARC, District 9, San Francisco, CA                     Mentors: Drs. Anna-Marie Cook and Jessica Koehne

I co-authored a request for proposals that focused on innovative detection methods of microplastic marine debris. This document will be distributed to various government agencies, universities and private sectors.

June 2012 - August 2012

NASA ARC, Moffett Field, CA                                                   Mentor: Dr. Jessica Koehne

Developed nanoporous alumina biosensors with the major use of electrochemical techniques. This work involved fabrication as well as using SEM and AFM techniques for characterization.

September 2011 - December 2011

NASA ARC, Moffett Field, CA                                                   Mentor: Dr. Jessica Koehne

Developed nanoporous alumina biosensors with the major use of electrochemical techniques. This work involved fabrication as well as using SEM and AFM techniques for characterization.

January 2011 - June 2011

WWU SPMC, Anacortes, WA                                                   Mentors: Dr. Kathy Van-Alstyne and Mary Ellen Salyan

Developed methodology for ethanol fermentation from macro algae Ulva sp. and Saccharina latissima for augmentation in gasoline powered engines. Examined methods for chemical derivation of the macro algae for ethanol producing proteins. Work involved ethanol synthesis and characterization, HPLC, and RI detection's.

June 2010 - August 2010

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH                                 Mentors: Drs. Bruce Ault and Anna Gudmudsdottir

Synthesized compounds for use as potential organic magnets, photo switches and triggers. Determined that the cis/trans ratio of products can be increased by irradiation. Techniques used included synthesis, NMR, GC-MS, UV-VIS spectroscopy, column chromatography, LFP, photolysis and matrix isolation.

June 2009 - August 2009

VCU, Richmond, VA                                                                     Mentor: Dr. Julio Alvarez

Studied the electrocatalytic response of MESNA towards the development of a cancer biosensor. Techniques used included cyclic voltammetry and potentiometry.

Presentations

Jendai Robinson, Malekia Carter and George Cooper. "Analysis of Sugar Derivatives in Carbonaceous Meterorite: Unusual d-enantiomer Enrichments". NASA Ames Research Center Symposium. Moffett Field, CA, April 2013.

David Austerberry, Allison Fong, Anna Hayden, Amy Parsley, Jendai Robinson, Dawning Wu. "Innovative Detection Methods of Microplastic Marine Debris in the North Pacific Gyre". Environmental Protection Agency, District 9, San Francisco, CA August 2012.

Jendai Robinson, Jessica Koehne and Meyya Meyyappan. "The Fabrication and Characterization of Nanoporous Alumina". NASA Ames Research Center Symposium. Moffett Field, CA, August 2012.

Jendai Robinson, Pauline Allen and Colleen M. Taylor. "Correlation between Solvatochromism and Rate Behavior in Ferrion". Virginia State University Undergraduate Research Conference, VA April 2012.

Jendai Robinson, Dr. Gudmundsdottir and Dr. Ault, "Study of Cis-Trans isomerization of (E)-methyl 4-(4-methoxyphenyl)-4-oxobut-2-enoate; towards designing potential photo switches," 241st National American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition Conference. Anaheim, CA, March 2011.

Jendai Robinson, Mary Ellen Salyan, Kathy Van Alstyne, "The Evaluation of Macro-Algae as an Alternative Fuel Supplement," Pacific Estuarine Research Society 2011 Annual Conference. Astoria, OR, March 2011.

Jendai Robinson, Dr. Gudmundsdottir and Dr. Ault, "Matrix Isolation and LFP studies of 2-Azido-4-oxo-4-phenyl-butyric acid methyl ester," REU program, University of Cincinnati, July 2010.

Jendai Robinson, and Dr. Julio Alvarez, "A Study of the effect of different buffers and the pH on the mediated electrochemical," REU program, Virginia Commonwealth University, August 2009.