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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Project Title Disciplines Mentor  Posted 
Cryogenic Integration and testing of MIRI for the JWST    Physics/Applied Physics, Aerospace Engineering Kristjan Stone (JPL)  09-May-16
S/C Simulation Autocoder    Computer Science, Computer Science Jeffrey Favretto (JPL)  25-Apr-16
Simulating Power Usage for the M2020 Rover    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Jeffrey Favretto (JPL)  19-Apr-16
Advanced Heat Exchanger Design    Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Scott Roberts (JPL)  13-Apr-16
Designing Multifunctional Spacecraft Structures    Mechanical Engineering Scott Roberts (JPL)  13-Apr-16
SMAP Radar Data Analysis    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics/Applied Physics Michael Spencer (JPL)  08-Apr-16
MISR Smoke Plume Digitization    Earth Science, Computer Science Michael Tosca (JPL)  29-Mar-16
Space Rendezvous and Capture Experiment    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering Russell Smith (JPL)  17-Mar-16
JPL Partners User Interfaces    Computer Science, Python/Django Thomas Berry (JPL)  15-Mar-16
IT Engineering and Project Management    Information Systems/Technology, Computer Science Michael Stefanini (JPL)  15-Mar-16
Terrain Relative Navigation Analyst    Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Robotics Brent Tweddle (JPL)  14-Mar-16
Vision Based Robotic Arm Pose Estimation for Mars Rover    Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Jason Reid (JPL)  10-Mar-16
Surface Water and Ocean Topography Telecom Development    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Analog and Digital Communications Jose Fernandez (JPL)  18-Feb-16
SWOT X-Band Telecom Modeling and Analysis    Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Charles Wang (JPL)  18-Feb-16
Development of Planetary Protection Sterilization Techniques and Processes    Biology/Bioengineering, planetary protection Laura Newlin (JPL)  18-Feb-16
Deep Space CubeSat Avionics Technology    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering/IT Yutao He (JPL)  17-Feb-16
NASA Photojournal Development Task    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Jordan Padams (JPL)  17-Feb-16
PDS Imaging Node Image Analysis Web Tool    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Jordan Padams (JPL)  17-Feb-16
PDS Imaging Node Image Atlas Search Enhancements    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Jordan Padams (JPL)  17-Feb-16
Mutisensory interactions, individual differences, and internal state in the brain    Computation and Neural Systems, Neuroscience, Psychology Shimojo Shinsuke  16-Feb-16
Multisensory interactions in space and time    Computation and Neural Systems, Neuroscience, Psychology Shimojo Shinsuke  16-Feb-16
Automation of Data Analysis for Thermochemical Fuel Production    Materials Science, Chemical Engineering Sossina Haile  14-Feb-16
Investigation of linker molecules for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of glucose    Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering Hyuck Choo  13-Feb-16
Evaluation of AIRS and TES Tropospheric Methane for use in creating a long term record    Earth Science, Physics/Applied Physics Kevin Bowman (JPL)  13-Feb-16
Science Data Visualization Touchscreen Development    Computer Science Brian Knosp (JPL)  12-Feb-16
In-flight sensor calibration data acquisition and analysis at Railroad Valley, NV (OCO-2 support)    Earth Science, Environmental Science Florian Schwandner (JPL)  12-Feb-16
Adaptively optimal experimental design for distinguishing theories of human behavior    Economics, Computation and Neural Systems Colin Camerer  09-Feb-16
Force Field Generator for Molecules and Materials    Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computational Science Jose Mendoza-Cortes  08-Feb-16
Design of Artificial Enzymes    Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computational Science Jose Mendoza-Cortes  08-Feb-16
Articifial Photosynthesis for Alternative Energy    Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computational Science Jose Mendoza-Cortes  08-Feb-16
Enhancing Rover Sequence Generation and Simulation    Computer Science, MechE, EE, Applied Math Jeng Yen (JPL)  04-Feb-16
Automated Recognition of Star Fields at Palomar Observatory    Astrophysics, Computer Science Evan Kirby  03-Feb-16
Search for Unusual Variable Objects on the Sky    Data Science, Astrophysics, Astronomy Ashish Mahabal  03-Feb-16
Exploring Reproducibility in Early Detection Cancer Data    Data Science, Biology, Proteomics/Genomics Ashish Mahabal  03-Feb-16
Nanofabrication of intermediate-temperature fuel cells using the novel needleless electrospinning technique    Chemical Engineering, Ch, APh, Ph, ME Konstantinos Giapis  02-Feb-16
Mining Image Segmentation Results for Quality Consensus Creation     Applied and Computational Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, Data Science George Djorgovski  01-Feb-16
Nanofabrication of quantum devices based on 2D materials    Applied Physics, Materials Science Stevan Nadj-Perge  01-Feb-16
Optical aberration measurements of rabbit eyes    Medical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Hyuck Choo  01-Feb-16
Signal processing for Raman spectroscopy    Medical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Hyuck Choo  01-Feb-16
Europa Core Flight Software Testing    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Cindy Oda (JPL)  29-Jan-16
Liquidity and Mutual Fund Manager Trading Skills    Business Economics and Management, Economics Ben Gillen  29-Jan-16
Targeting Beta with Subset Portfolios    Business Economics and Management, Economics Ben Gillen  29-Jan-16
Data Visualization Using Virtual Reality    Data Science, Computer Science George Djorgovski  28-Jan-16
Machine Learning With TensorFlow    Data Science, Computer Science George Djorgovski  28-Jan-16
Fluid-Structure Interaction Study on the Propagation of Acoustic Waves in Glass Tubes with Converging Geometries     Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics Joseph Shepherd  28-Jan-16
Early Object Detection in Video    Electrical Engineering Truong Nguyen  27-Jan-16
Web Development of Experimental Tiled Data Services    Computer Science, Computer Engineering Joe Roberts (JPL)  27-Jan-16
Tracking Cloud Features in Remote Sensing Images    Computer Science, Earth Science Kevin Mueller (JPL)  27-Jan-16
The synaptic basis of olfactory computations and behavior    Neuroscience Elizabeth Hong  26-Jan-16
Mission Planner Interface for Coordination of Robot Teams    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Amir Rahmani (JPL)  26-Jan-16
Contact Detection and Analysis (CDAS)    Computer Science, Computer Engineering Daniel Levine (JPL)  26-Jan-16
Structural Bioinformatics Database for G Protein Coupled Receptors    Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry Ravi Abrol  26-Jan-16
Mars polar vortex structure and CO2 depletion from Mars Climate Sounder data    Planetary Science, Physics Armin Kleinboehl (JPL)  20-Jan-16
Circumstellar Matter (Jets, Disks and Torii) in Young and Dying Stars    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computational/Programming Raghvendra Sahai (JPL)  20-Jan-16
Solving big data problems in bioengineering     Computer Science, Data Science Viviana Gradinaru  20-Jan-16
A Framework for Multi-Agent Robotics Software Development    Computer Science, Robotics Jean-Pierre de la Croix (JPL)  19-Jan-16
NISAR Flight Software Integrated Testing    Computer Science, Computer Engineering Prashanth Pandian (JPL)  19-Jan-16
Design, implementation and field trial of smart electric vehicle charging system    Computer Science, Applied and Computational Math, Electrical Engineering Steven Low  16-Jan-16
High performance computing infrastructure for computational fluid dynamics    Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics Dennice Gayme  15-Jan-16
The first quasars: how to push the redshift barrier to z>7.5?    Astrophysics, Data Science Eduardo Banados  15-Jan-16
Active Sensing in Biological Systems    Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience Noah Cowan  15-Jan-16
North American Nanohertz Gravitational Wave Observatory (NANOGrav)    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics Joseph Lazio (JPL)  15-Jan-16
UAV Remote Sensing for Vegetation Health    Environmental Science Darren Drewry (JPL)  15-Jan-16
Development of SuperSpec, an On-Chip Spectrometer for Millimeter-Wave Astrophysics    Physics, Astrophysics Charles (Matt) Bradford  14-Jan-16
Understanding the interaction between exploding stars and their environments    Astrophysics, Physics Anthony Piro  13-Jan-16
The View from JWST: Predicting the High-Redshift Galaxy Population    Astrophysics Andrew Benson  11-Jan-16
Machine Learning and Data Mining on Material Science Experiment Data    Computer Science, Mechanics Kaushik Dayal  11-Jan-16
Shedding Light on the Universe    Astrophysics, Computer Science Philip Hopkins  11-Jan-16
Novel cost-effective heterojunction anode for saline wastewater treatment    Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering Michael Hoffmann  10-Jan-16
Molecular Engineering for Magnetic and Acoustic Imaging and Control of Cellular Function    Bioengineering, Medical Engineering Mikhail Shapiro  10-Jan-16
Internship ground truthing Earth observations    Computer Science, Applied Mathematics Erica Stavros (JPL)  09-Jan-16
Dynamic Emissivity and Temperature Measurement of Shock Compressed Fe    Physics, Geophysics Minta Akin  08-Jan-16
New Horizons Encounters Pluto    Planetary Science, Physics Bonnie Buratti (JPL)  07-Jan-16
Compact, Portable Optical Glucose Reader    Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering Hyuck Choo  07-Jan-16
Geochemistry and Geodynamics of Icy World Oceans, Especially Europa's     Planetary Science, Astrobiology Steven Vance (JPL)  06-Jan-16
Using virtual reality to quantify human emotional and social behavior    Bioengineering, Neuroscience Ralph Adolphs  06-Jan-16
Social Media Mining    Data Science, Political Science Michael Alvarez  06-Jan-16
Developing therapeutics for Huntington's disease    Biology, Biotechnology Ali Khoshnan  06-Jan-16
Gut-brain axis in neurodevelopment and behavior     Biology Ali Khoshnan  06-Jan-16
Novel Zintl Phases for Thermoelectric Applications    Materials Engineering, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Sabah Bux (JPL)  05-Jan-16
Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors for Optical Communication and Quantum Optics    Electrical Engineering, Physics/Applied Physics Matthew Shaw (JPL)  05-Jan-16
Virtual Reality for Mars Rovers    Computer Science, Mathematics Oleg Pariser (JPL)  05-Jan-16
Antireflection and gradient index layers for silicon optical elements utilizing deep reactive ion etching     Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering Sunil Golwala  04-Jan-16
Microorganisms Associated with Mars-Bound Spacecraft: Preservation, Identification, and Characterization    Biology/Bioengineering, Microbiology, molecular biology, computer science Wayne Schubert (JPL)  03-Jan-16
Heat Inactivation of Embedded Bacterial Spores    Biology/Bioengineering, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Wayne Schubert (JPL)  03-Jan-16
Thermal infrared instrument support: control loop for onboard calibration    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics William Johnson (JPL)  31-Dec-15
Dynamics of the Atmospheres of Outer Planets and Titan    Planetary Science, Astronomy Andrew Friedson (JPL)  23-Dec-15
NISAR    Computer Science, Computer Engineering Prashanth Pandian (JPL)  23-Dec-15
Network Management for Disruption-Tolerant Space Networks    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Jordan Torgerson (JPL)  22-Dec-15
Understanding the stellar content of massive galaxies in the early universe    Astrophysics Drew Newman  19-Dec-15
Precision agriculture with UAVs    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Environmental Science Roland Brockers (JPL)  17-Dec-15
Spore to TVOs in spacecraft assembly clean rooms.    Biology/Bioengineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Microbial Ecology Kasthuri Venkateswaran (JPL)  16-Dec-15
Analysis of Martian North Polar Erg Gullies     Planetary Science Serina Diniega (JPL)  16-Dec-15
Deep Learning in the Natural Sciences    Computer Science Pierre Baldi  15-Dec-15
U.S. – Dutch Collaborative International Research Experiences for Students in Mass Spectrometry and Ion Spectroscopy    Chemistry Mary Rodgers  11-Dec-15
Mars Data Analysis    Planetary Science, Earth Science Matthew Golombek (JPL)  08-Dec-15
Development of an In-house Mass Spectrometry Profile database for the rapid identification of spacecraft and associated microbes    Biology/Bioengineering, microbiology Parag Vaishampayan (JPL)  08-Dec-15
Noninvasive blood glucose measurement using radio frequency electromagnetic waves    Electrical Engineering J.-C. Chiao  07-Dec-15
Challenges in Biomanufacturing: Removal of Host Cell Proteins by Cell Line Engineering    Biology, Biochemistry Kelvin Lee  07-Dec-15
SmallSat Dynamics Testbed: Air Bearing Characterization    Aerospace Engineering Laura Jones (JPL)  03-Dec-15
Chemical synthesis of biologically active small molecules, and development of new chemical reactions     Chemistry Uttam Tambar  03-Dec-15
Applications of 3D Nanofabrications    Chemistry, Applied Physics John Fourkas  03-Dec-15
Surface/Vegetation Spectroscopy from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)    Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering Christian Frankenberg  03-Dec-15
Compact Theories from Data    Computer Science, Applied and Computational Mathematics Mark Stalzer  30-Nov-15