Summer 2015 Externships

Sophie Pesek studied at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with a mentor, mapping coastline terrain and using autonomous aerial vehicles (drones) and Structure from Motion (SFM) techniques to make 3-D images of the Massachusetts shoreline.
At MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics, Brian O’Sullivan participated in industrial and systems engineering researching supply chain management and the relationship of store metrics and out-of-stock inventory events.
During his ten-week internship at Barkly Protects, an anti-virus software company focusing on computer security for the middle market, Samuel Caccavale wrote code and worked with kernels – code that connects application software to computer hardware.
At Harvard Medical School, Brian Kim conducted research on the possibility that ApoJ – a substance found in body tissue and fluids – might be an alternative therapeutic target for people with Type II diabetes.
Karlee Koswick interned at Tufts University’s Lab for Playful Computation on Engineering Education Systems. The team had been charged with creating a flight of musical stairs, each one playing a different tone. Karlee and her team devised a solution using complex wiring and a set of sensors. She intends to replicate the system on the Lindsay Center staircase.
Telecommuting with the University of Hawaii, Brunston Poon worked with an astronomy professor to develop an integrated hardware-software system for low-cost stellar spectroscopy. The project, stellarPYL, was open-sourced and is available on GitHub.
Orion Watson spent time working from home and at Montana State University writing dynamic code to shorten the time needed for comparing long protein strings.
Albert Yuan interned at Tactile Inc., Redwood City, California, exploring the use of technology to advance sales flow, and providing a mobile interface.
Addy Kimball utilized a co-working incubator space in Chicago, working in electrical engineering and computer science. The team designed and tested a lockout system – the first to use smartphones rather than RFID cards or keys – for machinery and equipment that require training, a product he plans to adapt for shop machinery at SPS.
Tony Wang was enrolled in the Simons Summer Program at the Laufer Center, Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, where he worked on molecular dynamics modeling to simulate the interactions between drugs and proteins that cause life threatening diseases