2016 Summer Interns

SPIN intern Rui An

Rui An - Computer Science

  • Project scope: Big spatial data and computing
  • Mentor: Jeffrey Terstriep - CyberGIS Center
SPIN intern Raghav Bakshi

Raghav Bakshi - Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Project scope: Big spatial data and computing
  • Mentor: Jeffrey Terstriep - CyberGIS Center
SPIN intern Shravan Byra

Shravan Byra - Computer Science

  • Project scope: Big spatial dat and computing
  • Mentor: Jeffrey Terstriep - CyberGIS Center
SPIN intern Linda Cai

Linda Cai - Computer Science

  • Project scope: Virtual reality and ray tracing for computational materials science
  • Mentor: Andre Schleife - Materials and Manufacturing
  • Project report
SPIN intern Emily Chen

Emily Chen - Computer Science

  • Project scope: Investigations into scientific software and software sustainability
  • Mentor: Gabrielle Allen - Computing and Data Sciences
SPIN intern Jiayu Chen

Jiayu Chen - Computer Science

SPIN intern Chin-Yu Cheng

Chin-Yu Cheng - Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Computational design of Hepatitis C vaccines using GPU-accelerated Bayesian inference
  • Mentor: Andrew Ferguson - Materials and Manufacturing
  • Project report
SPIN intern Krishna Dusad

Krishna Dusad - Statistics and Computer Science

  • Project scope: Provenance-enabled resource map generation using YesWorkflow
  • Mentor: Qian Zhang and Yang Cao - University of Illinois postdocs
SPIN intern Asaf Geva

Asaf Geva - Mathematics and Computer Science

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

Austin Gilbert - Physics

  • Project scope: Viewyt: A push towards graphical data analysis
  • Mentor: Matt Turk - Physics and Astronomy, Turk Group
SPIN intern Emmanuel Guzman

Emmanuel Guzman - Electrical Engineering

  • Project scope: Porting CUDA-based Brownian dynamics simulation package to OpenCL
  • Mentor: Christopher Maffeo - Biology & Health Science, the Aksimentiev Group
SPIN intern Philip Hoogland

Philip Hoogland - Liberal Art and Sciences

  • Project scope: Design of novel alloys with enhanced electrical conductivity
  • Mentor: Iwona Jasiuk - Materials and Manufacturing
  • Project report
SPIN intern Xinyao Huang

Xinyao Huang - Computer Science

  • Project scope: Big spatial data and computing
  • Mentor: Jeffrey 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 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 Jin Tak Lee

Jin Tak Lee - Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Policy research for the Midwest Big Data Hub
  • Mentor: Melissa Cragin - Director's Office
  • Project report
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 Diyu Luo

Diyu Luo - Computer Science and Mathematics

  • Project scope: Cyber-security and networking advance gravitational wave astrophysics
  • Mentor: Eliu Huerta - Physics and Astronomy, Relativity
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 Vaibhav Pahwa

Vaibhav Pahwa - Computer Science and Statistics

  • Project scope: Big spatial data and computing
  • Mentor: Jeffrey Terstriep - CyberGIS Center
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: Jeffrey Terstriep - CyberGIS Center
SPIN intern Surya Teja Tadigadapa

Surya Teja Tadigadapa - Computer Engineering

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

Rishi Thakkar - Computer Engineering

  • Project scope: Expeditions in emerging computer architecture
  • Mentor: Vlad Kindratenko - Innovative Systems Laboratory
SPIN intern Soumitri Vadali

Soumitri Vadali - Computer Engineering

SPIN intern Fengling Wang

Fengling Wang - Computer Engineering

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 Zhaoli Wen

Zhaoli Wen

  • Project scope: Virtual reality and ray tracing for computational materials science
  • Mentor: Andre Schleife - Materials and Manufacturing
SPIN intern Matthew Worley

Matthew Worley - Computer Science

  • Project scope: Uber genetic algorithm library
  • Mentor: Barbara Minsker - Earth & Environment group
SPIN intern Yan Zhan

Yan Zhan - Computer Engineering

Visiting Interns

SPIN intern Austin Gilbert

Austin Gilbert - Physics (Georgia Institute of Technology)

  • Project scope: Viewyt: A push towards graphical data analysis
  • Mentor: Matt Turk - Physics and Astronomy, Turk Group
  • Project report
SPIN intern Samuel Piehl

Samuel Piehl - Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Physics (Northwestern University)

  • Project scope: Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Pipeline Management
  • Mentor: Hsin-Fang Chiang - Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
  • Project report

Past SPIN interns

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