CaSGC Intern Experiences 2020


Without a doubt, my NASA Internship has been one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had, even in the adverse conditions that 2020 brings. I was able to attend meetings with astronauts, project managers and researchers to listen and ask about their work and experience. But most of all I was able to work with a group of bright-minded interns as we fought to overcome the challenges together. I had the opportunity to explore many aspects of machine learning along with a wide variety of interconnected topics. The best part was seeing the application of everything I learned. Through all the ups and downs of the last three months, I gratefully thank everyone who has supported me throughout this internship.


– I have completed the remodeling of the VIKING-400 aircraft brake master cylinder CAD assembly – I started and finished the remodeling of the VIKING-400 front landing gear CAD assembly- Completed the modeling of a few support brackets within the VIKING-400 fuselage which required special sheet metal properties in the model in order to conduct FEA (finite element analysis) on in the future. – My intern buddy and I successfully carried out our exit presentation yesterday morning which was a culmination of our work this past summer (virtually delivered). 
had a great time during my summer here at Ames. I am also grateful for your support!

Kazuki Hagiwara: NASA ARMSTRONG SUMMER 2020 Intern

Throughout 13 weeks of internship at NASA Armstrong, I worked for the FOSS team as a thermal analysis engineer. My primary task is to figure out the appropriate cooling method for the laser unit inside the FOSS system. The task was challenging and required strong knowledge of heat transfer. This internship was all about the learning experience in both hard and soft skills. As technical skills, I learned about the basics of heat transfer including conduction, convection, and radiation. Teammates in the FOSS team were always willing to help, and those bits of advice from full-time engineers were extremely helpful in order to investigate our problem further. As a soft skill, the biggest skill I improved was the presentation skill. Besides the daily meeting every morning, we tried to communicate with everyone in the FOSS team, and we presented our ideas with PowerPoint slides once a week. That process was very important because this experience also made us improve our presentation skills. Unfortunately, we have not finished our thermal analysis for the uFOSS within my internship period yet; however, my colleagues will keep working on the task, and hopefully, they can finish their design sometimes soon. I finished my exit presentation on Tuesday, September, 22nd, and I got a lot of great feedback from people who participated in my presentation. That was another valuable experience I had. To conclude, this internship was a great opportunity to learn real engineering, and I was pleased to be a part of the FOSS team. This internship would not be great as right now without any help from people around me; therefore, I appreciate the help from everyone in the FOSS team, mentor, colleagues, intern coordinator, and program coordinator from CaSGC.

John Schroebel: NASA AMES SUMMER 2020 Intern

Towards the beginning of the month, I completed a poster summarizing my work and detailing my design choices for the NASA internship office. I then began refining my designs, improving the accuracy of the blade models (using different modeling techniques) and incorporating design features as required for the TENG. One major change that I had to make was regarding blade thickness – initially, the blades were too thin at points to be 3D printed, so I had to modify the airfoil in those areas to increase the thickness. Once I was satisfied that the Solidworks files adequately replicated the blade designs from QBlade and met the requirements of the TENG design, I sent both the Solidworks files and the STL versions to my mentor. The final week of my internship, I prepared a presentation on my poster, did said presentation for the Ames Virtual Internship Symposium, and wrote and submitted an abstract for my project.