Mr. Nick Ohi is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia and graduated in 2016 with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University (WVU). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at WVU. While at WVU, he has worked as the lead programmer and software architect for the WVU Interactive Robotics Laboratory (IRL) team which became the first and only team to win the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge. He was responsible for designing and implementing the autonomous control system and mission planning algorithms for the WVU team’s fully autonomous robot, named Cataglyphis. He also developed the flight software for the Global Positioning System – Precise Orbit Determination experiment payload being flown on the Simulation-To-Flight 1 CubeSat mission, West Virginia’s first spacecraft.
Mr. Ohi’s research as a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering is focused on autonomous decision making and path planning for mobile robotic systems, particularly future Mars rovers. His work aims to enable mobile robots to fully autonomously traverse large distances over unstructured and obstacle rich terrain and operate reliably for long periods of time in these situations without getting stuck and requiring human operator intervention to recover from unanticipated situations or failures.
In his spare time, Mr. Ohi enjoys mentoring and teaching students about robotics, going on camping and hiking trips, snow skiing, water skiing, tennis, and golf. As a hobby, he also designs and builds Tesla Coils and other high voltage devices.