Internships at NIST

Internships at NIST

Internships at NIST
NIST is the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.
Cayla Collett (2017) is going back to NIST again this summer. This summer Cayla's project will involve methods to detect explosives and drugs, to be performed in partnership with the Netherlands National Forensic Institute.

Mark Leadingham (2017):
 "I am working in the Information Technology Lab, studying computational solutions to the time-independent Schrodinger equation, under the mentorship of Dr. Bary Schneider. My work involves the exponential time differencing scheme. It involves computer programming with an interesting new approach to solve the one-dimensional Schrodinger equation numerically."
Cayla Collett (2016): "I studied protein aggregates with Dr. Richard Cavicchi. Protein aggregates are clumps of proteins that are typically formed in therapeutic drugs during manufacture due to thermal and mechanical stress, when protein aggregates enter the body, it is thought that they trigger an immune response that causes adverse effects. My research studied the size and density of particles formed under different stress conditions using a variable theshhold imaging process and Stokes' law." 

Corey Rhodes (2016) was invited back to NIST again this summer, where he continued working on atomic force microscopes with Joseph Kopanski and Richard Steiner.
Corey Rhodes (2015) performed research on atomic force microscopes (AFMs) in NIST's Physical Measurements Lab. An AFM is a high-resolution device consisting of a sharp tip connected to a springlike cantilever. The tip scans across a material's surface, and can detect surface irregularities the size of an atom. A transducer converts the probe's motion into electrical signals that are processed to form a map of the material's surface. To test sensitivity, Corey connected a charge-based capacitance measurement circuit to an AFM probe tip. He constructed a variety of differential-current-amplifier circuits on a miniature circuit board that included an AFM probe. Corey's mentors were Josepth Kopanski and Richard Steiner.
Cody O'Meara (2015) worked in NIST's Dimensional Metrology Group, where he developed a standard for testing large-scale three-dimensional laser scanners. He designed experiments and manipulated results using the laser software and Matlab. Cody's mentor was Meghan Schiller.
LaurenCronise (2014)  worked in NIST's Radiation Physics Division to investigate the accuracy of NIST's standard reference material for lung tissue. Her goal was to improve technology and imaging accuracy in diagnosing lung cancer and emphysema. Lauren's research mentor was Dr. Heather Chen-Meyer.  


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