V. Hunter Adams

Lecturer of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University (vha3@cornell.edu)

Expository webpages

For my own future reference. Intended audience is myself.

  1. Direct digital synthesis (webpage takes a few moments to open)
  2. Fixed point arithmetic
  3. Introduction to estimation (particle filters, sigma-point filters, EKF's, UKF's, KF's)
  4. Worked estimation examples
  5. Gyro-based multiplicative UKF for quaternion estimation
  6. Coding gain from matched filtering
  7. Rigid body dynamics and determination
  8. Link budget analysis

Prepared as supplemental course material for MAE 5160 (Spacecraft technology and systems architecture). Intended audience is senior/masters level mechanical engineers.

  1. Cassini spacecraft overview, and thoughts on exploration
  2. NASA mission design process
  3. Requirements, trades, & risks
  4. Orbital mechanics and orbit design
  5. Spacecraft propulsion/GNC
  6. Space environment
  7. Spacecraft avionics

Prepared as supplemental course material for Astro 1101 (From new worlds to black holes). Intended audience is non-technical students. These webpages don't stand alone quite as well as the ones above. Each was intended to be read by the student in the same week that the material was presented in lecture.

  1. Basic math of astronomy, Kepler's Laws
  2. Seasons, sidereal/solar days, Moon phases/geometry, tides, Kepler's 3rd Law
  3. Gravitational/Electromagnetic forces, Wien's law, Stephan-Boltzmann, absorption/emission spectra, telescopes, Doppler
  4. Parallax and parsecs; luminosity, Stephan-Boltzmann, and brightness; exoplanet transits; detecting exoplanets with Doppler
  5. Half lives, dating curves, and mass spectroscopy
  6. Equilibrium temperature of the Earth
  7. Proton-proton chain, life cycle of a star
  8. Venus atmosphere and geology
  9. Martian surface processes, gas escape, RADAR imaging
  10. Rings and the Roche Limit, RADAR depth sounding, the gas giants
  11. Comets and Trans-Neptunian objects

I am experimenting with the new Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller. Keeping track of my notes in the pages below. Intended audience is myself.

  1. Setting up C/C++ build environment for Raspberry Pi Pico on Windows
  2. Creating/building a new C/C++ Raspberry Pi Pico project on Windows
  3. Raspberry Pi Pico C/C++ SDK architecture

Courses, lectures, and talks

Instructed courses

  1. ECE 4760 (Digital Systems Design Using Microntrollers): This is a microcontroller laboratory and design course using the PIC32. Started in Spring, 2021.
  2. ECE 5760 (Advanced Microcontroller Design and System on Chip): This is an FPGA laboratory design course using the DE1-SoC. Started in Fall, 2020.
  3. MAE 5160 (Spacecraft Technology and Systems Architecture): A survey in contemporary space technology from satellite subsystem design through launch and mission operations, focusing on the classical subsystems of robotic and human-rated spacecraft, rockets, planetary rovers, and habitats, and with an emphasis on issue of spacecraft-system architecture and design. Taught in Spring, 2020.

TA'd courses

  1. Astro 1101 (From new worlds to black holes): Instructors for this course were Steve Squyres and Alex Hayes. Linked below are the supplemental webpages that I prepared for my recitation students each week.

Other talks/posters

  1. Chipsats. An extended discussion of the theory and applications of chip-satellites. (Slides)
  2. The Mandelbrot Set. From an ECE 5760 lecture (above). Linked separately because it is a favorite topic.
  3. Monarch venture pitch - Slides only
  4. Customer discovery guest lecture - Slides only
  5. Final presentation for iCorps - Slides only
  6. 2018 femtosat workshop talk - Slides only
  7. Viticulture poster

Academic papers

Professional documents

  1. CV
  2. Teaching statement


  1. Link to list of media articles

External links

  1. YouTube, GitHub, LinkedIn, Google scholar, Cornell page