NRI thanks the talented interns that have worked with us since our founding in 2000 for their immense contributions to NRI. A great many of these individuals have been repeat intern contributors, with the time actively and productively spent with NRI across our nearly 50 interns prior to 2018 averaging 1.7 summers.
Nearly all NRI internships involve NRI-provided specialty training, and nearly all internship work is directed into NRI’s actual R&D and technology prototyping activities, typically in advanced technical topics and real day-to-day technology business activities.
The nearly 50 students and recent-graduates that have interned with NRI from founding to the present day include the 37 people listed below. Although some names have been held back from this public list, NRI is very pleased to have nearly equal numbers of women and men in our internship family (as well as in NRI’s technical staff). More than a dozen of these talented individuals (indicated with *) have made inventorship-level patentable contributions to NRI’s innovations while working with us.
|Ms. P. Pereira||high school, U.C. Davis||HS, BS||Chemistry Laboratory Setup and Organization|
|Mr. A. Tang||Carnegie Mellon Univ.||MS||Early I2C Systems Evaluation and Design|
|Mr. R. Lui||U.C. Berkeley||BS||Early Gesture Linguistic Frameworks|
|Mr. T. Ricciardi||Stanford Univ.||BS||6-Dimension Touch Gesture Sensor Software|
|Mr. E. Sum||Princeton Univ.||BS||6-Dimension Touch Gesture Robotic Control|
|Mr. D. Deng*||U.C. San Diego||BS||Electronics Design/Fabrication, Control Software, Fractional Transform Imaging Hardware, Image Processing, Fluidics, Sensors, Optical Tomography Path Models, User Interfaces, 3D-CAD, 3D-Printing, Video Editing, Patent Preparation, Orthogonal Function Analysis, Data Visualization|
|Mr. F. Hu*||U.C. Irvine||BS||Electronics Design/Fabrication, Control Software, Laser Control, Fluidics, Water Chemistry, Detailed Optical Tomography Models, 3D-CAD, 3D-Printing, Management|
|Ms. J. Chen||U.C. San Diego||BS||Electronics Design/Fabrication, Control Software, Lensless Imaging Software, 3D-CAD, 3D-Printing, Project Management|
|Ms. E. Chen||U.C. Santa Cruz||BA||Complex Optical System Construction, Patent Preparation, Patent Analysis, 3D-CAD, Lab Organization, Market Research/Analysis|
|Ms. D. Sun||San Jose State Univ.||BS||Ground Water Models, Natural Attenuation Methods, Geographic Information Systems|
|Ms. B. Lim||local high school||HS||Biochemical Signaling Pathway Modeling, Epidemiology Information/Modeling Systems|
|Mr. G. Weber||local high school||HS||Electronic Measurement, Fluidic Construction|
|Ms. B. Saenz||Biola University||BA||Biosensor Statistical Modeling, Computer-Based Biochemical Signaling Pathway Modeling, In-House Mathematics Instruction and Materials|
|Ms. K. Hao*||MIT||BS||Optical Tomography Scanning Electronics, Detailed Optical Tomography Modeling, Lensless Imaging Software, 3D-CAD, 3D-Printing, Sensor Models, Patent Preparation|
|Ms. A. Huang*||MIT||BS||Optical Tomography Scanning Electronics, Detailed Optical Tomography Modeling, 3D-CAD, 3D-Printing, Patent Preparation|
|Mr. S. Kim||MIT||BS||Biochemical Signaling Pathway Software, Curated SBML Libraries, SBML Simulators|
|Mr. R. Barton*||local high school||HS||Electronics Design/Fabrication, Control Software, Detailed Fluidic System/Process Design, Sensor Design/ Fabrication, 3D-CAD, 3D-Printing, Water Chemistry, Management|
|Ms. V. Hurtado*||U.C. Santa Cruz||BS||Lensless Imaging Hardware/Software, 3D-CAD, 3D-Printing, Sensor Design/Fabrication, Detailed Fluidic System Design, Gesture Linguistics, SBML Software, GPU Computing,|
|Mr. B. Boyko||Carnegie Mellon Univ.||MS||Geographic Information System Software, User Interfaces, Cloud Computation|
|Mr. I. Sky||Carnegie Mellon Univ.||MS||Geographic Information System Software, User Interfaces, Cloud Computation|
|Mr. Pantic||Carnegie Mellon Univ.||MS||Geographic Information System Software, User Interfaces, Cloud Computation|
|Mr. N. Nand||Carnegie Mellon Univ.||MS||Geographic Information System Software, User Interfaces, Cloud Computation|
|Mr. T. Umeda||Carnegie Mellon Univ.||MS||Geographic Information System Software, User Interfaces, Cloud Computation|
|Mr. V. Zaliva*||Carnegie Mellon Univ.||PhD||Discrete Fourier Transform Matrix Eigenvector Mathematics and Software|
|Mr. H. Wu*||California Polytechnic||MS||Cell Biochemistry, Biological Signaling Pathway Models, SBML Models/Simulators, Water Chemistry, Fluidic Fabrication, Fluidic System/Process Design, Drawing, Writing, Patent Preparation, SBIR Grant Preparation|
|Mr. J. Lee||San Jose State Univ.||BA||ROC-Curve Statistics|
|Mr. J. Huang||San Francisco State Univ.||BA||Active Computer and Network Support, IT|
|Mr. W. Yoshizuka-Chang||U.C. Riverside||BS||Water Chemistry, Mathematical Analysis, Chemical Testing Process Design|
|Ms. J. Li*||U.C. Davis||BA||Detailed Lensless Imaging Model Software, Optical Hardware Construction, Drawing|
|Ms. H. Gu*||U.C. Berkeley||BS||Electronics Design/Fabrication, Control Software, Laser Imaging Optical Hardware, 3D-CAD, 3D-Printing, Lensless Imaging Software, Sensor Design, Data Visualization,|
|Mr. D. Cai*||California Polytechnic||BS||Advanced Microfluidics System and Component Design and Fabrication, Electronics Design/Fabrication, Control Software, Laser Imaging Optical Hardware, 3D-CAD, 3D-Printing, Patent Preparation|
|Mr. D. Yu||San Francisco State Univ.||BA||Business Analysis, Formal Tax Accounting, Project Budgeting, Cash-Flow Modeling, SBIR Grant Preparation, Patent Asset Analysis|
|Ms. S. Kwan*||U.C. Davis||BS||SBML Protocol, Cell Biology, Biological Signaling Pathway Models, Lensless Microscopic Imaging, Microplate Technology|
|Ms. D. Samanmit||San Francisco State Univ.||BS||Photochemistry, Photo-spectroscopy|
|Ms. C. Luk*||San Francisco State Univ.||BS||Biological Pathway Analysis/Modeling, Fluidic System Design and Implementation, Precision Syringe-Pump Electro-mechanics, Hierarchy Index-Notation, Drawing, Patent Preparation|
|Mr. R. Ludwig*||Lindenwood Univ.||MBA||Market Research/Analysis, Business Strategy, Business Plans, Investment Packages, New Technology Analysis, Commercialization, IP|
|Mr. R. Chen||high school, Univ. of Pacific||HS, BA||Library Organization, Project Management, Accounting Support, Patent Asset Analysis|
A few representative example achievements of NRI Intern “alumni” include:
- Long-time returning intern and more recent professional consultant Mr. H. Wu recently left us to join (2009 Nobel Prize winner) Elizabeth Blackburn’s lab at the U.C. at San Francisco.
- Ms. K. Hao is now a technology journalist with Quartz Media. Her reporting and writing have appeared in Mother Jones, Sierra, Grist, How We Get To Next, New Republic, and other respected publications. She recently was featured in a noted CGTN America video-interview on the topic of crypto-currency energy usage.
- Mr. R. Barton, who interned with us several years as a high school intern, was awarded first place in Chemistry for the 2016 California State-wide Science Fair (https://science-fair.org/2016-california-state-science-fair-awards/); he is now an engineering student at Georgia Tech.
- Ms. A. Huang is currently pursuing a Masters in Technology, Innovation, and Education at Harvard.
- Mr. R. Ludwig graduated early and with honors in both his BBA and MBA, and is now Founder and CEO of Advanced Microplate Technologies (http://www.advancedmicroplatetechnologies.com/).
- Ms. S. Kwan is serving as acting Chief Technology Officer of Advanced Microplate Technologies.
Although not formerly an NRI intern, SFSU undergraduate student M. Monroy (working closely with NRI’s Pooncharas Tipgunlakant) was lead-author of a paper describing a joint SFSU/NRI project that was awarded “Best Paper” at the 2014 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting (M. Monroy; P. Tipgunlakant; U. Simonis; R. Esquerra, “Nitric Oxide and its Role in Photodynamic Therapy,” Proceedings: AACR Annual Meeting 2014, April 5-9, 2014; San Diego, CA.); the underlying joint research project involved NRI-provided high-sensitivity NO(Nitric Oxide)-sensor and small-scale cell-incubator equipment combined with SFSU-provided living uncorrupted cancer cell-line cultures and nitric oxide release photosensitizers.
Mr. V. Zaliva worked with NRI as an R&D software and systems contractor on NRI’s 2009-2011 NSF (National Science Foundation) funded SBIR Phase II grant (NSF Award Number 0923986) pertaining to NRI’s 6D-Touch gesture sensing and recognition. Mr. Zaliva later pursued his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University; his internship with NRI during this academic time was directed to the now-popular topic of Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) matrix eigenvector mathematics and computation methods for these, and his work is reported in the publication Constructing an orthonormal set of eigenvectors for DFT matrix using Gramians and determinants. (Mr. Zaliva’s earlier work pertaining to NRI’s 6D-Touch gesture sensing and recognition is reported in part in the conference paper 3D Finger Posture Detection and Gesture Recognition on Touch Surfaces (ICARCV 2012). NRI looks forward to soon-to-be Dr. Zaliva’s continued involving and collaboration with NRI.