CReSIS Summer REU Program

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By Nick Mott
Summer 2010

CReSIS hosted 17 undergraduate students this summer for an REU program that provided an opportunity to conduct research on topics of global significance. These students were based at either the University of Kansas or Indiana University and worked closely with faculty advisors and graduate student mentors. Elizabeth City State University, a CReSIS partner, provided the funding for the REU program through an REU site grant entitled CyberInfrastructure for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets REU Site. This grant is co-funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

REU Student Profiles

University of Kansas:

Jared Carse studies Forestry at Texas A&M in Dallas, TX. At CReSIS, he focused on processing data on accumulation within internal layers of ice sheets. His KU mentor was Dr. David Braaten. In the past, he has focused on tree biology and forest ecology. He says his work at CReSIS is a definite “change of pace” and he hopes to gain a deeper understanding of remote sensing. He is currently building his own cedar-strip canoe.

David Mailhot studies Computer Science at the University of Washington. At CReSIS, he used statistical analyses on radar data from Greenland to obtain data that could impact studies of climate change. His KU mentor was Dr. Claude Laird. He enjoys studying computer science, physics, and astronomy. In his free time, he enjoys playing role-playing games.

Adiku Yau Prosper studies Oceanography and Fisheries at the University of Ghana, Legon. At CReSIS, he designed an Autonomous Surface Vehicle that will collect data on changes of temperature, salinity, depth, and oxygen levels from the sea surface. His KU mentor was Dr. Eric Akers. In the future, he hopes to focus on the vulnerability of coastal Ghana. He enjoys making friends, sightseeing, and challenging himself.

Linda Kpormone Buame studies Oceanography and Fisheries at the University of Ghana, Legon. At CReSIS, she worked on an Autonomous Sea-Surface Vehicle. Her KU mentor was Dr. Eric Akers. In past field courses, she has worked on beach profiling and the identification of fish species in Ghana. She enjoys reading, basketball, handball, and art.

George Owusu Fordah studies Oceanography and Fisheries at the University of Ghana. At CReSIS, he worked on an Autonomous Surface Vehicle. His KU mentor was Dr. Eric Akers. In the past, he has done research and presentations on damming by beavers. He enjoys table tennis, football, and has been watching the World Cup.

MyAsia Reid studies Computer Science at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. At CReSIS, she worked on the design and construction of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. For more than two years, she has been conducting research on global warming and climate change. Last summer at CReSIS, she created a code for establishing ice sheet thickness. Her work was published and she has been travelling and presenting her findings. She loves to shop and inspire people.

Amadi Sefah-Twerefour studies Oceanography and Fisheries at the University of Ghana. At CReSIS, she worked on an Autonomous Surface Vehicle. Her KU mentor was Dr. Eric Akers. She is interested in remote sensing, physics, oceanography, and climate change. She plans to attend graduate school in physical oceanography or remote sensing. She loves drawing, reading, movies, and nature. She likes wildlife and “anything green,” she says.

Hilary Barbour studies Electrical Engineering at the University of Kansas. She started at CReSIS in February, working on data processing for Operation ICEBRIDGE. This summer, she worked on tomography with the InSAR 2. Her mentors are Dr. Gogineni and graduate student Anthony Hoch. In her free time, she likes to travel as much as possible.

Jennifer Angell studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. At CReSIS, she worked on an auto-leveling radar sled for the identification of internal layers of snow over ice sheets. Her sled should be taken to Antarctica next year. Her KU mentor was Dr. Shah Keshmiri. In the past, she has developed modules to help teach high school students about engineering. She is interested in sustainable energy and enjoys home improvement and playing the guitar.

Morgan Sonnenschein attends Macalester College. This summer, he helped improve data access systems at CReSIS. His KU mentor was Dr. Chakrabarti. In the past, he has created a dual-access wind turbine. He is interested in math, physics, and computer science and has been playing the guitar for three years.

Nicholas Kaufman attends the University of Texas at Austin. At CReSIS, he worked on “beyond horizon” communication for the Meridian UAV using Iridium satellite communications. His KU mentor was Dr. Ewing. In the past, he has conducted ecological research on the Great Barrier Reef and thermodynamics research at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He is interested in aerospace engineering and satellites and is particularly fascinated by space.

Mitchell Morrow studies Electrical Engineering at the University of Kansas. At CReSIS, he worked on a Pin Diode Transmit/Receive Switch for Radar Depth Sounding of Polar Ice. In the past, he has researched alternate, more efficient means of testing High-Brightness LEDs. He is interested in Electrical Engineering, specifically optics and remote sensing. He enjoys all sports and is the three-time University of Kansas table tennis intramural champion.

Indiana University:

Jean Bevins studies Computer Science with a minor in Aviation at Elizabeth City State University. This summer, she created a security model for Service Aggregated Link Sequential Activities (SALSA) Portal, Her mentors are Adam Hughes and Salaya Dkanyake. Last year, also at Indiana, she worked on a social networking application for polar grids. She is interested in applied computer science, or in figuring out things that an everyday person can use in computer science. She considers herself artistic and likes to create things in her free time.

Robyn Evans studies Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science at Elizabeth City State University. This summer, she worked on a visualization of ice sheet elevation data using Google Earth and Python Plotting Libraries. Her mentor is Marlin Pierce. In the past, she has worked on a comparative analysis of localized command line execution of MatLab for charting CReSIS flight map data. In the future, she would like to do more research that could make a tangible difference in peoples’ lives, primarily in the field of medicine. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and stitching and drawing clothing.

Joyce Bevins studies Computer Science with a minor Aviation Science at Elizabeth City State University. This summer, she worked on a data visualization and clustering analysis with her mentor, Jong Youlthoi. During her freshman year at ECSU, she worked on an evaluation and implementation of Web 2.0 technology in support of CReSIS photogrid and cyber infrastructure research projects. She is particularly interested in computer forensics and networking. In her free time, Joyce enjoys writing poetry and screenplays, drawing, and playing basketball and volleyball.

Michael Austin studies Computer Science at Elizabeth City State University. This summer, he worked on a visualization of ice sheet elevation data using Google Earth and Python Plotting Libraries with his mentor, Marlin Pierce. In the past, he has done other visualizations of CReSIS data, in addition to work on database management at ECSU. He is interested in anything within the discipline of computer science that is computer or math-related. In his free time, he likes to work on his sports car.

JerNettie Burney studies Computer Science at Elizabeth City State University. This summer, she worked on a visualization of ice sheet elevation data using Google Earth and Python Plotting Libraries with her mentor, Marlin Pierce. In the past, she has conducted qualitative research on water samples. She is interested in high performance computing, supercomputers, and video game design. She originally intended to study English, she says, but quickly fell in love with Computer Science after changing her major.

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