2016-2017 Academic Year Interns

SPIN intern Anish Bhattacharya

Anish Bhattacharya - Electrical Engineering

  • Project scope: Using satellite data for large-scale crop monitoring
  • Mentor: Kaiyu Guan - Earth & Environment
SPIN intern Noah Flynn

Noah Flynn - Bioengineering

  • Project scope: Construct and compare metabolic and signaling network architectures from organisms across the Tree of Life
  • Mentor: Liudmila Mainzer - Biology & Health Science
SPIN intern Islam Kadri

Islam Kadri - Electrical Engineering

  • Project scope: Writing software to investigate software as culture
  • Mentor: Ben Grosser - Culture & Society
SPIN intern Chendi Lin

Chendi Lin

  • Project scope: Magnetic shape memory alloy design lab
  • Mentor: Elif Ertekin - Materials & Manufacturing
SPIN intern Naman Makhija

Naman Makhija - Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Project scope: Speech-to-text auto captioning
  • Mentor: Michael Miller - Facilities
SPIN intern Noah Pell

Noah Pell - Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Data-driven scientific visualization with virtual and augmented reality
  • Mentor: Matt Turk - Turk Group/Physics & Astronomy
SPIN intern Nainika Roy

Nainika Roy - Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • Project scope: Genomics data sources
  • Mentor: Liudmila Mainzer - Biology & Health Science
SPIN intern Jasmine Shih

Jasmine Shih - Computer Science

  • Project scope: General projects
  • Mentor: Donna Cox - Advanced Visualization Lab
SPIN intern Kausik Venkat

Kausik Venkat - Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Interactive data exploration widgets
  • Mentor: Nathan Goldbaum - Turk Group
SPIN intern Adam Vilmin

Adam Vilmin - Computer Science, Linguistics

  • Project scope: Composition as an evolving entity
  • Mentor: Sever Tipei - Culture & Society
SPIN intern Jiajun Xu

Jiajun Xu

  • Project scope: The economics of traffic congestion in developing country cities: Big Data for Environmental Economics and Policy (B-DEEP)
  • Mentor: Peter Christensen - Earth & Environment

Returning Interns

SPIN intern Rui An

Rui An - Computer Science

  • Project scope: Big spatial data and computing
  • Mentor: Jeff Terstriep - CyberGIS Center
SPIN intern Emily Chen

Emily Chen - Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Augmented Reality for Materials Science
  • Mentor: Andre Schleife - Materials Science and Engineering
SPIN intern Emily Chen

Emily Chen - Computer Science

SPIN intern Jiayu Chen

Jiayu Chen - Computer Science

SPIN intern Xinyao Huang

Xinyao Huang - Computer Science

  • Project scope: Big spatial data and computing
  • Mentor: Jeff Terstriep - CyberGIS Center
SPIN intern Yibo Jiang

Yibo Jiang - Electrical Engineering and Mathematics

  • Project scope: Blue Waters diagnostic data: Analyzing the design and designing the analysis
  • Mentor: Jeremy Enos - Blue Waters Project Office
  • Project report
SPIN intern Samuel Kaufman

Samuel Kaufman - Materials Science and Engineering

SPIN intern Radhir Kothuri

Radhir Kothuri

  • Project scope: Augmented Reality for materials science
  • Mentor: Andre Schleife - Materials Science and Engineering
SPIN intern Haoming Lai

Haoming Lai - Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Advanced Visualization Laboratory general projects
  • Mentor: Donna Cox - Advanced Visualization Laboratory
SPIN intern Aubrey Laskowski

Aubrey Laskowski - Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Project scope: Massively parallel computation of Dedekind numbers
  • Mentor: Bertram Ludaescher - Computing and Data Sciences group
  • From your average freshman to a sophomore with valuable experience in performing his own research and supercomputing, Aubrey has had a productive summer thanks to his internship as a part of the SPIN Program at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

    What made you want to apply for the SPIN program?

    The first appeal was obviously getting to say that I work for NCSA. This made me look at the program in the first place, but after I looked at some of the projects (specifically the one in which I am involved) I became much more interested.

    What are you researching?

    I am researching Dedekind numbers and the algorithms involving them. Dedekind numbers describe many things, but primarily they count the number of monotone Boolean functions given a set of input variables. The theory behind Dedekind numbers delves deeply into mathematics and the challenge of writing efficient, clever algorithms meshes nicely with HPC.

    How is this internship unique? What opportunities and experiences are you gaining from this program that you wouldn’t be able to elsewhere?

    I feel the internship is unique in its freedom. Talking to friends who work for tech companies, I get the sense that they don't get to pursue their own interests, but rather their mentor's. I feel like I can make this project my own and personalize the research. In addition, I got funding to present my research, at another research internship I never would have gotten this chance.

    Do you have any words of advice or wisdom to those who are thinking about applying for the SPIN program?

    Foremost I would suggest meeting with the mentor you are interested in. Meeting with Dr. Ludaescher helped me decide that I wanted to join SPIN. I would also recommend starting to research your project before accepting the internship. They are very interesting and it motivated me to work even harder.

    So at the end of the day, why SPIN?

    Why SPIN? There are so many reasons, but the best one is the atmosphere. All the people I have met are genuinely motivated and care about their projects. I love being surrounded by such ambitious people. It's a great program with amazing students.

SPIN intern Junyu Li

Junyu Li - Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • Project scope: Using large memory systems to perform plant genomic variant calling by assembly
  • Mentor: Liudmila Mainzer - Biology & Health Science group
  • Project report
SPIN intern Yushuo Lin

Yushuo Lin - Computer Science and Statistics

  • Project scope: Building extensible mobile applications for monitoring large HPC resources
  • Mentor: Michael Showerman - Blue Waters Project Office
SPIN intern Unid Nangia

Unid Nangia - Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • Project scope: Understanding and changing scientific software citation practices
  • Mentor: Dan Katz - Scientific Software and Applications, Computing and Data Sciences
  • Project report
SPIN intern Michael Olson

Michael Olson - Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Cloud computing and cloud storage for data-intensive applications
  • Mentor: Vlad Kindratenko - Innovative Systems Laboratory
  • Project report
SPIN intern Sara Pelaez

Sara Pelaez

  • Project scope: General projects
  • Mentor: Donna Cox - Advanced Visualization Lab
SPIN intern Aniruddha Pispati

Aniruddha Pispati - Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Extracting leftovers from large datasets on Blue Waters
  • Mentor: Andriy Kot - Scientific and Engineering Applications Support group
  • Project report
SPIN intern Wei Ren

Wei Ren - Computer Engineering and Physics

  • Project scope: Gravitational wave astrophysics in the advanced detector era
  • Mentor: Eliu Huerta - Physics and Astronomy, Relativity
SPIN intern Elliott Rodriguez

Elliott Rodriguez - Computer Science

  • Project scope: Scientific workflow systems (general computer science or astronomy-application specific)
  • Mentor: Dan Katz - Scientific Software and Applications, Computing and Data Sciences
SPIN intern Varun Somani

Varun Somani - Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Big spatial data and computing
  • Mentor: Jeff Terstriep - CyberGIS Center
SPIN intern Qiwen Wang

Qiwen Wang - Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Project scope: Reproducibility of script-based workflows: A case study and demonstration
  • Mentor: Bertram Ludaescher - Computing and Data Sciences
  • Project report
SPIN intern Zhongshan Zeng

Zhongshan Zeng

  • Project scope: General projects
  • Mentor: Donna Cox - Advanced Visualization Lab
SPIN intern Yan Zhan

Yan Zhan - Computer Engineering

Past SPIN interns

See the interns who participated from: Summer 2016, Fall/Summer 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012