Paul Tarantino

Education | Work Experience | Publications | Awards & Honors | Other Projects

Paul Tarantino

Durand 032B
496 Lomita Mall
Stanford CA 94305

paulmt@stanford.edu

I am a graduate student in the Space Environment and Satellite Systems (SESS) Lab in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. My research interests are in space related technologies and applications.


Education

Ph.D.: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Master of Science: Geological and Environmental Sciences
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Space Studies Program Graduate
International Space University, Strasbourg, France (2013)

Master of Science: Aeronautics and Astronautics (2012)
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Bachelor of Science: Aerospace Engineering (2010)
University of California San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, CA, USA

Work Experience

Stanford University Research Assistant, Summer 2012-Present
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Research: SESS Lab; Design, testing, and analysis of plasma sensors to determine composition and energy distributions of plasma species resulting from from hypervelocity impacts.

Convex Optimization Subject Matter Expert, Summer 2014
Department: Stanford Center for Professional Development

Stanford University Course Grader, Spring 2013
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Course: AA279 - Space Mechanics

Stanford University Course Grader, Fall 2012
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Course: Engr 205 - Introduction To Control Design Techniques

Goodrich Aerostructures. Aerospace Engineering Intern Summer 2008-Summer 2010 & Summer 2011
Duties: Researched and compiled hazardous chemical composition data for an entire nacelle program, modeled of actuator and fan cowl parts, performed drainage and kinematic studies, discovered component clashes, wrote and reformed seal specifications, built full models to validate tool sweeps and clearances.

Publications

  1. P. Tarantino, et al, "SOLARMAX - A space weather survival guide,"International Space University, 2013.

Conference Papers

  1. T. Reid and P. Tarantino, "Arctic Sea Ice Extent Forecasting Using Support Vector Regression," in Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), Detroit, MI, 2014 [paper]
  2. P. Tarantino, N. Lee, S. Close, and D. Lauben, "Faraday Plate Array Analysis of Hypervelocity Impact Experiments," in Spacecraft Charging and Technology Conference, 2014.
  3. A. Goel, P. Tarantino, D.S. Lauben, and S. Close, "Design and Testing of Miniaturized Plasma Sensor for Space Plasma Diagnostics," in Spacecraft Charging and Technology Conference, 2014. paper]
  4. D. S. Lauben, S. Close, A. Goel, and P. Tarantino, "Transient Plasma Analyzer for Hypervelcoty Impact Experiments," in Radio Science Meeting (USNC-URSI NRSM), 2014 United States National Committee of URSI National, 2014. paper]
  5. J. Carroll, B. Chan, C. Harner, T. Reid, P. Tarantino, and T. Yu, "Commercial GPS in the Stratosphere: Cell Phone GPS Receiver Performance on a High Altitude Weather Balloon," in Proceedings of the 24th International Technical Meeting of The Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS 2011), Portland, OR, 2011.
    Best Session Presentation Award [paper]

Research Posters

  1. P. Tarantino, A. Goel, D.S. Lauben, and S. Close, "Transient Plasma Analyzer Sensor Design", in Aeronautical and Astronautical Department's Affiliate Poster Session, Stanford University, CA, 2014
  2. P. Tarantino and S. Close, "Modeling Hypervelocity Impact RF Emission", in Aeronautical and Astronautical Department's Affiliate Poster Session, Stanford University, CA, 2013

Awards & Honors

  1. Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ION-GNSS) Best Session Presentation Award, 2011
  2. UCSD Cum Laude Graduate, UCSD , 2010
  3. UC Provost's Honors - Fall of 2007, 2008, 2009 | Winter of 2008, 2009, 2010 | Spring 2008, 2009 UCSD
  4. UC Warren College Honors Program - Fall of 2009 | Winter of 2008, 2009, 2010 | Spring 2009, 2010 UCSD


Other Projects

Young Astronauts Program, Fall 2012-Present
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
A student group to provide elementary school children with hands-on lessons on engineering and rocketry.

Decision Making under Uncerntainty, Fall 2014
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Attempted to determine the optimal stock market trading policy by applying reinforcement learning, specifically Q-learning, techniques to historical share price data for several companies representing a diverse portfolio.

Digital Image Processing, Spring 2014
Department: Electrical Engineering
An application of k-means clustering on glacier images to detect glacier ice, determine the detection method's robustness, and train a MAP classifier. [paper]

Machine Learning, Fall 2013
Department: Computer Science
Utilization of machine learning techniques, specifically, Support Vector Regression and Cross-validation, to learn a dynamic model of the seasonal arctic sea ice extent and forcast into the future. [paper]

Stanford High Altitude Balloon Project, Spring 2011
[link]

Propulsion System Design Labratory Fall 2011-Spring 2012
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Involved in a team effort to design a thrust vectoring sounding rocket, accomplished by nozzle side injection.

Design Build Fly
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Summer 2009-Summer 2010
Involved in a team effort to design an aircraft based on spacial restraints and particular flight mission profiles.

Wing Vortices Research Project Spring 2009
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Student lead and organized research project to investigate destructive vortices interference at wing tips.