Dr. Pauline Faure joined Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Department in 2018 and teaches, among others, the department’s capstone course on Spacecraft Design as well as the junior-level course on Fundamentals of Systems Engineering. Dr. Faure’s research focuses on the adaptation and usage of space systems as an educative tool to build capabilities and support sustainable space activities for local communities, first time developers, and emerging space faring nations. To support her research vision, Dr. Faure established ETOILES, a research laboratory dedicated to the development of Educational Technologies for Open and Interactive Learning via the Engineering of Small Spacecraft. ETOILES has over 50 undergraduate and graduate students working on varied projects from a flight mission to demonstrate technologies in support of tackling climate change to the development of an educational and controlled spacecraft platform. Dr. Faure obtained her Ph.D. from Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan, in Mechanical and Control Engineering. Dr. Faure’s thesis dealt with decision-making processes in non-traditional satellites program management of assembly, integration, and testing activities. Current and Past Master Thesis Supervision 2021-22Ricardo ContrerasAn Educational Guide to Finite Modeling Small SpacecraftIn progressBailey GarrettProject Management and Systems Engineering for Preliminary Design of University-based Small Spacecraft MissionsIn progressJonathan HoodAnalysis for the Evaluation of On-orbit Sub-micro-Newton Thrust SystemsIn progress
Academic Year Student Thesis Title Status
2019-20 James Harper Pocket Rocket: a 1U+ Propulsion System Design to Enhance CubeSat Capabilities Graduated
Madeline Jensma Thermal Modeling and Testing of the Blue Thermal Vacuum Chamber Graduated
Scott Pirkle Design of a Martian Communication Constellation of CubeSats Graduated
Alyssa Ralph Pathfinding Interplanetary Bus Capability for the Cal Poly CubeSat Laboratory through the Development of a Phobos-Deimos Mission Concept Graduated
Nick Snyder Design, Validation, and Verification of the Cal Poly Educational CubeSat Kit Structure Graduated
Stavros Diamantopoulos Development of Flight Software for Cal Poly’s CubeSat Kit In progress
Giovanni Guerrero Development of an Integrated Payload Processing Module for Cal Poly’s CubeSat Kit In progress
Charles van Steenwyk Design of a 12 U CubeSat network for exoplanet detection In progress
Andrew Yazhgur X-band Communication System for Deep Space SmallSats Withdrawn
2020-21 Sean Nogrady MBSE-based CubeSat Design Tool – Power Module Graduated
Deeksha Prakash Development of a CubeSat Conceptual Communications Design Tool In progress
2021-22 Ricardo Contreras An Educational Guide to Finite Modeling Small Spacecraft In progress
Bailey Garrett Project Management and Systems Engineering for Preliminary Design of University-based Small Spacecraft Missions In progress
Jonathan Hood Analysis for the Evaluation of On-orbit Sub-micro-Newton Thrust Systems In progress

Research Interests

  • Spacecraft Design
  • Systems Engineering
  • Spacecraft Integration and test
  • Education
  • Small Spacecraft Program Management

Office Hours for Spring 2022

TR: 10-11AM

If this time does not work with your schedule, check Dr. Faure’s online calendar available through your Cal Poly Office 365 Calendar and send a calendar invite. Please note that by default Dr. Faure only accepts meetings Monday-Friday, 8AM-6PM.