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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.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2017 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.

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Project:  UAV Remote Sensing for Vegetation Health
Disciplines:  Environmental Science, Mechanical Engineering
Mentor:  Darren Drewry, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 393-2992
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and advanced miniaturized sensors, are providing new opportunities to monitor vegetation growth, water use and productivity. This opportunity will combine sample collection and processing, and/or algorithm development to advance methods that relate vegetation health to remote sensing indicators.
Description:  This project will provide an opportunity for a student to gain experience in empirical data collection, data analysis and algorithm development. Duties over the fellowship period will take advantage of the students interests and skills, and will contribute to an ongoing project that is utilizing cutting edge UAV and sensor technologies to provide real-time estimates of agricultural and forest health.
References:  N/A
Student Requirements:  Programming in one or more scripting languages (i.e. Matlab, R, Python, etc).
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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