Iron Meteorite Imaging System – VCU


Virginia Commonwealth University

Arizona State University (Tempe Campus)


Iron Class (2018 – 2019)

Student Team

Bazah Alhooli, Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering (VCU)
Luis Beltran, Chemical & Life Science Engineering (VCU)
Jethrine Mugumya, Chemical & Life Science Engineering (VCU)
Sean Newman, Electrical & Computer Engineering (VCU)
Chris Smith, Electrical & Computer Engineering (VCU)
Kyle Watson, Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering (VCU)
Dania Wright, Engineering Management (ASU)
Nathaniel Wygal, Chemical & Life Science Engineering (VCU)

Scientific & Technical Guidance

Dr. Laurence Garvie, Research Professor, ASU Center for Meteorite Studies
Dr. Tim McCoy, Curator-in-Charge, US National Meteorite Collection, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Academic Guidance

Dr. Daniel McCarville, Professor of Practice, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Dr. Gregory Triplett, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, VCU Dean’s Office of Engineering
Dr. Bennet Ward, Director of Project Outreach, VCU Dean’s Office of Engineering

Project Description

The goal of this capstone project was to develop an imaging system and, eventually, a machine learning system which will analyze meteorite images to determine their bulk composition. The system needs to be able to determine the composition of a meteorite sample just as well as a meteorite expert.

Capstone student working on imaging system.


Processed meteorite images.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Courses “IEE 485-486” and Virginia Commonwealth University Capstone Courses “CLSE 402-403,” “EGRB 401-402,” and “EGMN 402-402.” The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission ( “Psyche: A Journey to a Metal World” [Contract number NNM16AA09C] is part of the NASA Discovery Program mission to solar system targets. Trade names and trademarks of ASU and NASA are used in this work for identification only. Their usage does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or implied, by Arizona State University or National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of ASU or NASA.