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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:  Communications during Entry, Descent, and Landing for Mars 2020
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Engineering
Mentor:  Melissa Soriano, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 393-7632
Background:  The EDL Data Analysis systems are used to receive communications during critical events such as Entry, Descent, and Landing. We are working on a new system for Mars 2020.
Description:  We are starting work on the EDL Data Analysis system for Mars 2020. The current system is a 12-core server that runs multiple threads and processes to track signals with high dynamics and low signal strength. We have the existing system that we used for MSL and Juno but we will need to port the software to new hardware for Mars 2020 and Europa. We will perform an analysis of current commercial hardware to determine what we want for the new Mars 2020 system. The student will start developing some new capabilities on our existing development computer.
Student Requirements:  computer engineering, Python programming, Linux operating system, system administration, GUI development
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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