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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 2018 can be found here.

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.

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

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Project:  Spectrometer Electronics Hardware Development
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering, Physics/Applied Physics
Mentor:  Peter Sullivan, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-4207
Background:  Imaging spectroscopy is a powerful remote-sensing tool used in Earth and planetary science. It reveals the chemistry behind every pixel in an image, making it useful for studying vegetation, atmospheres, and minerals. Spectrometers operating from aircraft and spacecraft require high performance and reliability from the electronics that run the image sensor and digitize its signals. This is a rapidly-developing field that presents many challenges.
Description:  The goal for this internship is to help improve the performance of imaging spectrometer electronics while reducing their power and size. The intern will perform hands-on work with analog front-end electronics, power regulation, and FPGA interfaces. Tasks might also include simulation, firmware design, schematic design, and board layout, depending on the skills and interests of the intern.
Student Requirements:  Coursework on analog circuits, digital circuits, electromagnetic waves, and introductory programming should be complete. Experience with lab bench tools, FPGAs or microcontrollers, schematic capture, and circuit board design will help.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: Yes.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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