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Summer Internship - Event Based Sensing - Strategic Military Space - Job ID 10148

Summer 2020 Internship - Event Based Sensing Internship – SMS Division - ABQ, NM

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge NASA, DoD and intelligence programs for almost six decades.

SDL’s internship program provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved with state-of-the art technologies in space-, airborne-, and ground-based systems. With the support of engineers and mentors, interns are able to work on professional-level assignments that complement their academic studies. The program also includes training workshops, networking opportunities, and a variety of summer events and activities. Interns will be paid a competitive monthly stipend and will be tasked with varying duties based on current projects, needed support, and development phase.

The Military Space Division is seeking an undergraduate optics, physics, or math student to support Event Based Sensing research at the Air Force Research Lab (ARFL) located at Kirtland Air Force Base. Traditional frame-based sensing platforms have reached unprecedented capability in terms of both temporal and spatial resolution. This has resulted in largely redundant data streams that require large amounts of storage and processing power. While this does not cause problems for certain ground-based applications where computing resources are more freely available, the space domain must pull on technologies that minimize usage of power and computing resources. For this reason, we are investigating event-based sensors (EBS) as a new paradigm for remote sensing. EBS utilize an array of asynchronous pixels that independently respond only when a change in scene illumination occurs at that pixel. This allows the sensor to operate at a higher dynamic range and eliminates redundancy in data output. This project aims to characterize the fundamental performance limits of EBS and conduct field measurements to allow us to determine the applications best suited for this unique type of sensor. This project will entail both lab work and the subsequent analysis of data. 

· Desirable skills include a strong background with lab instrumentation such as optics, sensors, and imaging systems; as well as a working knowledge of Python and/or MATLAB.
·Team player with a proactive attitude and the ability to be productive in a dynamic and collaborative environment
·Good communication skills, both written and verbal
·Must be a U.S. Citizen

Physics, optics, electrical engineering, math, computer science or related fields
Junior, senior, or graduate student
3.0 GPA minimum is required

Intern Hiring Process
Oct 7, 2019 – Dec 15, 2019

Once your application is submitted, you will be emailed an invitation to complete a short, digital interview using HireVue. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours of submission, please contact us at our employment email.

Interviews may occur any time within each hiring period so we encourage you to complete and submit your application as early as possible. Our goal is to notify all applicants of their status by January 15th, 2020.