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The GVIS Lab hosts several college and high school interns throughout the year, giving motivated students the chance to develop their skills while working on real-world NASA projects. Areas of work include 3D modeling, 2D graphic design, programming, virtual and augmented reality development, communications and more.

Spring 2024 Interns

Sophia Bricker

Sophia Bricker, an intern at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in the GVIS (Graphics and Visualization) Lab, is working to enhance the MATLAB SIMULINK/X-Plane model of SUSAN, NASA’s hybrid-electric concept aircraft. She is also working to simulate this model in VR where it will be unveiled at the annual Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) Expo.

After graduating high school at 16, she was accepted into INSA Lyon, a top mechanical engineering university in Lyon, France. She is currently a senior pursuing her bachelor’s degree in mechanical, materials, and aerospace engineering (IBMMAE).

Sophia is fascinated by the intersection of aerospace engineering and environmentalism. She aspires to contribute to meaningful projects that help protect the environment. Beyond her academic pursuits, she enjoys film, spending time in nature, VR, playing clarinet, and sailing.

Ananya Srinivasan

Ananya Srinivasan works as the Virtual Reality developer intern at the Glenn Graphics and Visualization Lab, where she brings her Computer Science skills to life in creating immersive experiences. She’s currently leading the development of a flight simulated experience for the Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration project, contributing to aviation advancements through innovative VR technology.

Throughout her time at the University of Maryland, College Park, Ananya has developed a keen interest in exploring how technology and creativity can make a positive impact on society.

Apart from her work, Ananya enjoys playing the alto saxophone as part of the NASA band, bridging her love for music with space exploration. In her free time, she also practices martial arts and works on improving her proficiency in Japanese.

Jack Italiano

Jack Italiano is a Junior at The Ohio State University studying Computer Science and Engineering. Jack is currently working on the Periodic Table of Life (PeTaL) project; specifically, he is improving the functionality and UI of BIDARA, a GPT-4 powered chat bot designed to help engineers understand, learn from, and emulate strategies used by living things to create sustainable designs and technologies.

While at university, Jack has been involved in several clubs, student organizations, and competitions such as Competitive Programming Club, Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, and the OHI/O Hackathons. In his free time, Jack enjoys exploring new tech, playing video games, and learning the guitar.

Chetna Agarwal

Chetna Agarwal is a student at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, pursuing a master’s at Stevens Institute of Technology. She is majoring in Computer Science with a specialization in Machine Learning. She was brought up in India and moved to America a year ago. This is her third internship with the GVIS lab at NASA Glenn Research Center. During the summer months, she worked on the creation of a biomimicry discord bot that takes inspiration from biological models to give solutions to various engineering problems. This project involved the use of large language models and prompt engineering. Currently, she is working on a project utilizing AI techniques to design novel protein structures with specific properties. Apart from the technical aspects of her projects, she is also actively involved in other activities as part of her internship like helping out with outreach events and giving talks/demos about her work. In her leisure hours, Chetna is a bookworm with a particular passion for mystery novels. Agatha Christie is her favorite author in this genre. She also finds immense joy in exploring new places, embarking on hikes and bike rides, and engaging in meditation. Coffee is a must for her in the mornings before she can start coding!

Ben Nguyen

Ben Nguyen is a first-year computer science student at Northern Virginia Community College. He is part of the Beginners Guide to Aeronautics (BGA) team, focusing on the Hypersonic section of BGA. At home, he enjoys building new custom mechanical keyboards and working on personal coding projects.

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon is an industrial design student studying at University of Cincinnati and the 3D modeling intern for the GVIS lab. They are an artist and designer with experience in Blender, Substance Painter, and Unity, which they learned from their involvement in the consumer VR space over the past four years. Sarah’s primary responsibilities include model and texture work to support XR and video visualizations, particularly the Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project. Outside of work commitments and personal undertakings, Sarah enjoys cooking, dancing, and drinking tea with their cat.

Eva Ternovska

Eva Ternovska is a sophomore at Cleveland State University, studying Computer Science, with a minor in English. At GVIS, she is the intern for Communications and Outreach for Data Science Efforts at NASA. Her work includes maintaining the AI/ML website, working on an external AI/ML webpage, and event planning. Working as a camp counselor at the Great Lakes Science Center motivated her to learn more about scientific communication, inspiring a passion for teaching others. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting and reading. She loves exploring cafes in the Cleveland area and checking out the restaurants the region has to offer.


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Unofficial Intern Guide

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