Mina Konaka

Satellite Engineer, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Region:          Asia

Field:              Engineering

 

Profile:     I am a satellite system engineer at JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), making a 3000kg size satellite called ALOS-4 (The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-4). During my bachelor and master’s degree in aerospace/mechanical engineering at Tohoku University in Japan, I researched on thermal designs of two nano satellites. My experience includes studying abroad at the University of California Davis in 2016, International Space University (ISU) in 2018 and Technische Universität Berlin in 2019. Through the research in Japan, U.S. and Europe, I had learned the similarity and difference in laboratories especially on experiments, softwares and cultural aspects. I am passionate about STEM education and also making people realize the utility of space technologies in our daily lives (see my TEDx talk). In the future, I would like to become an astronaut. To simulate a space environment, I started scuba diving at the age of 10. I have travelled to over 40 countries, and explored almost every continent, except Antarctica. Once I finish seeing the world, I will be ready to explore the next frontier: the far reaches of space.