Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Physics Major Impresses NASA - Extends Space Center Internship

BW physics major Gil Montague '15 has put in such an impressive performance in his summer internship at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla. that he's been asked to stay on for 16 weeks in the fall. The physics major and co-founder of BW's Problem Solving Club has been working on a swarming robotics research project funded by the NASA/KSC Innovation Fund.

"I really think the field of robotics and artificial intelligence will positively impact the future of mankind so I applied to this opportunity at Kennedy Space Center to be a part of that change," Gils says.

"Gil loves a challenge," says Professor Ed Meyer, who chairs BW's physics department and advises the Problem Solving Club, "When tackling a hard problem, he is absolutely relentless in his pursuit of the answer. I expect that is what impressed the folks at NASA."

Gil tells us that the NASA project has implications for future space missions. "It's a collaboration between the KSC Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations group, the University of New Mexico Biological Computation Lab, and the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group and focuses on the development of software algorithms for possible use in future NASA extraplanetary robotics missions."

Fortunately Gil has already satisfied his physics major requirements and can stay the additional 16 weeks to on this exciting project.