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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.

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. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

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

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Project:  DARTS Lab Software Development
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Aerospace Eng.
Mentor:  Aaron Gaut, (JPL), aaron.j.gaut@jpl.nasa.gov
Background:  The DARTS Lab team at JPL develops aerospace simulations using a framework called Darts/Dshell which is in use for a wide range of planetary exploration systems including planetary spacecraft, rovers, and robotics.
Description:  Project Description* The DARTS/Dshell simulation framework has many software development projects in simulation capabilities, visualization, user interfaces, data management, web services, and more. Students will work with the DARTS Lab team in the development, improvement, and adaptation of software tools for aerospace simulation applications.
References:  https://dartslab.jpl.nasa.gov and http://robotics.jpl.nasa.gov
Student Requirements:  Strong software programming skills in Python and C++ are required. Background in robotics, aerospace, or mechanical engineering would be helpful but not essential. Skills in computer graphics would also be valuable.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: .
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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