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NASA Interns from Nevada

Posted on: April 27th, 2016 in: NASA Space Grant

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Featured 2015 NASA Intern

2015 Summer Intern Presentations and PostersOmar Navarro Leija
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Computer Science

Goddard Space and Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD Intern

The NASA Summer internship program offers students like Omar Navarro Lieja, UNLV computer science graduate student, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study and participate in research projects alongside some of the best scientists in the world.  Leija spent the Summer of 2015 interning at NASA’s first flight center, Goddard Space and Flight center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Leija explains his internship research, “We have dozens of satellites taking hundreds of pictures of the earth every single day.  To accurately measure changes in geology, urban growth, and the environment, we must be able to automatically align these images with other images of the same region.  In my project we developed and programmed better computer algorithms to automatically align satellite images.”

During the Operations department poster session Leija won first place.  He implemented a Shearlet Transform library in C which will be released as open source with his mentor, Dr. Jacqueline Le Moigne, Assistant Chief for Technology in the Software Engineering Division.  The preliminary results were encouraging and they hope to present their work at the SPIE Remote Sensing Conference.  “Thanks to my internship I realized that my passion was indeed research and I want to pursue a career as a researcher in computer science.”, said Leija.

Announcing 2016 NASA Interns

Sierra Abidi 214x300Sierra Adibi
University of Nevada, Reno
Mechanical Engineering

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Intern

Sierra will be working with Advanced Rotorcraft Aeromechanics division at NASA Ames Research Center, where she will be studying both the theoretical and experimental nature of rotorcraft. This will include the development and use of computational models to predict the behavior of rotorcraft, in addition to the validation and further investigation of the models.

Luke Olsen 214x300Luke Olsen
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Mechanical Engineering

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Intern

Luke will be one of the interns performing research at the Aeromechanics Office at NASA’s Ames Research Center. The Aeromechanics Office looks at all aspects of different types of rotorcraft. His time as an intern will consist of performing and assisting in theoretical and experimental research and analyses.