I had the wonderful opportunity to complete my first internship in January 2016 at NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Accepting an internship at NASA was a dream come true for me. Things only got better from there! I worked with amazing engineers, developers, and managers during my sixteen week semester at KSC. My term was split evenly between hardware development and software development.
In hardware development, I worked with the IDEAS team on their augmented reality headset, which introduced me to the up and coming world of virtual and augmented reality. I learned PCB design using Altium, and worked with the team on embedded systems. By the end of the semester, I successfully designed four PCB boards that would be implemented into the headset to minimize the hardware! To be able to actually make a difference in the project, especially at NASA, was an amazing experience for me.
Here is a SciTech Central Short video about the IDEAS augmented reality project.
You can read more about the technical details of my internship here!
Overall, my experience at NASA definitely shaped my future career, and I learned a lot of valuable information about engineering, development, careers, and life!