2020 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Intern
Watch a short vlog update from Emily Kendall. Emily was selected by NASA JPL from a shortlist of high-achieving students who applied for the New Zealand Space Scholarship. Her excellence in academics, enthusiasm for space science, and her data science and problem-solving skills put her at the top of the list.
Emily Kendall on Cloud 9
17 November 2020
Emily’s internship is nearly over but she’s learnt a lot from the past four months. Find out what she has been working on with the NASA JPL cloud computing team.
Here’s an update on what I’ve been working on at NASA JPL so far.
One thing I’ve been heavily involved in is the design and provisioning of cloud computing infrastructure. While a lot of people use cloud services for things like email and file sharing, many people don’t know that there’s actually a huge range of other cloud services out there, everything from security applications to machine learning and quantum computing resources. Within JPL, there are a large number of diverse research projects going on, and each of these has specific computing infrastructure needs. So I’ve been working with the Cloud team to design templates which can be rolled out for various scientific use cases.
Another thing I’ve been working on is the application of machine learning techniques to astronomical spectroscopic data. The idea behind this is to expedite the search for exoplanets within vast observational data sets from instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope.
This is all really exciting work, and I look forward to updating you with my progress in the coming months!