Host: Seatrec, Inc., is a technology startup company based in Monrovia, California. Using technology developed at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and exclusive license from California Institute of Technology, Seatrec has developed an innovative thermal engine that can harvest energy from the temperature difference in the ocean and be used to power underwater sensors and platforms.
Location: Monrovia (map)
Internship Dates: June 3 - August 16, 2019; start and end dates flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.
Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Over the 11 weeks, the intern may take up to five days off for personal reasons, vacation or illness. If participation is less than 100%, the stipend will be pro-rated.
Position Description and Responsibilities: One (1) internship is available working with scientists at Seatrec. Seatrec’s first-generation product SL1 is designed for the Navis profiling float commercially available from Sea-Bird Scientific. The Navis float powered by the conventional battery can make about 200 dives between the surface and 2000 meters collecting environmental data such as temperature, salinity, nitrate, oxygen, and pH. Powered by the clean unlimited thermal energy in the ocean, the Navis-SL1 float is expected to make unlimited dives and increase the data collection by at least one order of magnitude. The intern will be involved in the design, build and test of a company web site to display and archive this new data stream from the Navis-SL1 floats. Lessons learned from the existing float programs such as Argo and BGC Argo will be used to guide the design of this new web site. Opportunities to analyze data from Argo and BGC Argo floats as well as the Navis-SL1 floats to address scientific questions are also available. Specific examples include investigations of diurnal changes of temperature near the ocean surface, the upper ocean's response to atmospheric disturbances such as storms and hurricanes, and uncertainty quantification when sampling the upper ocean at various time intervals (e.g., 6-hour, daily and 10-day).
Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience with web development and scientific data analysis is desirable.
Skills Gained: Intern will gain hands-on experience in web development and scientific data analysis. Specific skills gained include web development software, Matlab and Google Earth/Map toolkits.
Eligibility/Requirements: Applicants must have completed courses in computer and Earth sciences. Interns must be able to keep excellent notes, get along well with others, maintain professionalism, and be reliable. Applicants are also subject to general eligibility requirements.