Every year PSC hires several students to participate in its Summer Internship Program. This year we hired three interns who will work on various projects throughout the summer. What makes these students special is they were hired from a pool of over 100 applicants! Let’s meet them and find out what projects they’re working on this summer.
Ivan Cao-Berg liked the fact that Hind Albakri had experience providing basic computing support at the University of Pittsburgh. To him this meant she can work well with people and teams. “Beyond technical capabilities,” says Ivan, research software specialist at PSC, “I am always looking for team players.” Ivan and Hind will be working on streamlining the process of deploying biomedical/bioinformatics applications on Bridges-2, as well as contributing their efforts to public registries. “This process will more than likely include automating the process as much as possible,” added Ivan. What does Hind think about all this? “I am fortunate to be part of this team,” exclaimed Hind. “I wasn’t sure if I would be working with someone who has no patience when it comes to making mistakes or helping to fix them. Mr. Ivan is really kind and patient and he doesn’t mind training me,” said Hind.
Ivan would also like to spend some time designing and implementing a continuous integration workflow to facilitate deployment of future versions of software packages commonly used by our users, a project Hind is very excited about working on. Hind’s major is physics and computation, but she believes this internship will help further her knowledge in computer science, which is her major. “And being able to put my experience helping to develop software in bioinformatics on my resume is a plus,” concluded Hind.
Rozita Laghaei, a PSC research scientist, was looking for a student with very specific skills when she posted the job description for a research assistant to work with the biomedical research team. She wanted to enhance the current workshop materials, specifically for the MMBIOS project, in addition to other project initiatives when needed. “This student will help us with the creation of instructions, prerequisite materials and exercises for our online workshops,” stated Rozita. Caleb Wallace worked with her last year so she was happy to see that he had applied for this internship. “I knew that Caleb was very talented and hardworking,” said Rozita, “and the fact that he already knew a few software packages that we will be using in the workshops certainly worked in his favor,” she added. A student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in neuroscience, Caleb says his project will be creating computer models of the frog and mouse neuromuscular junctions that will be used in the workshops. “I am looking forward to what I’ll be doing this summer,” said Caleb. “This internship will enable me to have a better focus when it comes to applying to grad school or even starting my own projects in labs later on,” he added.