Evan Miyahara was born and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii. He’s always been interested in designing and building things. This led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Evan graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa this past Spring. His passions are rockets, cars, planes, and engineering for the future. As a result, he wishes to pursue a career in the Aerospace engineering industry. For most of his life, he has been a part of the scouting program achieving the rank of Eagle in 2017. Through these experiences, Evan realized that he enjoys the opportunity to work with energized peers to achieve a common goal.

Home Island: O’ahu

High School: Mililani High School Hi

Institution when accepted: University of Hawaii at Manoa

Akamai Project: CFHT/MSE Observatory Building and Facility Spatial Analysis and Review of Emergency Exit/Handling and Lifting Equipment

Project Site: Canada–France–Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) – Waimea, Hawai‘i Island HI

Mentors: Ivan Look and Raycen Wong

Project Abstract:

In the coming decade, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) will evolve into the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE), a wide-field optical and near-infrared facility dedicated to multi-object spectroscopy of millions of astrophysical objects. The design of the MSE telescope will require reuse and modification of the existing CFHT observatory structure. CFHT is assembling a “Full-Up” working model to demonstrate the intentions for the new observatory. To achieve this, its designers must identify necessary changes to the facility such as emergency exits, hardware storage, labs, shops, and the handling and lifting equipment that will support the new telescope design. All of these items were evaluated for safety and efficiency within the planned operational parameters of the MSE. Using SolidWorks CAD modeling software, a spatial analysis of the basement level, first floor, and observing floor was performed, along with a review of lifting and handling equipment. The spatial analysis resulted in the redesign of several walls and rooms to facilitate emergency egress from the basement level. A full review of lifting and handling equipment throughout the observatory was performed to ensure all equipment will be capable of supporting day-to-day MSE operations, and new telescope enclosure cranes were recommended. The spatial analysis, together with the performed review, support the continued design work on the MSE Observatory Building Facility (OBF) document.