Thursday, March 22, 2012

CIS Student To Intern at Brookhaven National Labs

CIS Student To Intern at Brookhaven National Labs
BNL Ranked #1 in the World for Hadron Collider Research

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University student, Josh Tiffany (JR, computer science/math major, Independence, Mo.), has been selected to participate in the highly competitive Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) this summer.  Josh will spend his summer at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) located in Upton, New York, on Long Island. 

According to Karen Johnson of the Environmental Sciences Division at BNL,  Josh will be ”working in a Linux environment, adding features to and perhaps extending an existing graphical user interface application…intended to assist researchers in discovering and analyzing interesting features of cloud radar data.  The challenge is to take a massive volume of existing cloud radar data and make it easier for researchers to find the 'needles in the haystack,' the types of phenomena which are of interest to them and which can further their research objectives.”  

Dr. Tim DeClue, SBU Computer Information Science (CIS) Department Chair reports that Josh makes the 16th SBU student from the CIS Department in recent years to participate in a research internship programs like SULI, SERS (Science and Energy Research Semester), and DMP (Distributed Mentoring Program).  Josh is the second student selected to SULI.  Dr. DeClue said, “This is a great honor for Josh, and reflects very positively on the SBU CIS and Math Departments where Josh has found his academic home.”

According to their website, BNL was founded in 1946 by Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, and Yale, and that “Brookhaven Lab was conceived to promote basic research in the physical, chemical, biological and engineering aspects of the atomic sciences…and an equally important concept was to…design, construct and operate large scientific machines that individual institutions could not afford to develop on their own.” Today, Brookhaven is ranked the number one institution in the world for hadron collider research.

SBU’s CIS department houses three degree programs (computer science, information science, web systems and design), four full-time faculty, two faculty associates and close to 80 students majoring in the computer or information sciences. Among evangelically Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States.


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