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2007.09.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Student Selected for NASA Internship

Omaha - NASA has selected UNO student Ross Bell for a prestigious undergraduate research internship focused on air traffic control. Bell is the first UNO student to earn a NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) internship.

“The first thought was ‘what did I do right?'” Bell said.  Bell, a senior computer science major, will work the next three months in Hampton, Va., (near Washington D.C.) at NASA’s Langley Research Center.  The agency provides a housing allowance and a stipend. 

Prithviraj Dasgupta, a UNO associate professor of computer science, has supervised Bell, and Bell worked with him on a NASA-supported project.  The research focused on a software prototype that modeled the movement and coordination among multiple spacecrafts for exploring extra-terrestrial bodies, using techniques from a field within computer science called artificial intelligence.

“I think it’s a very great opportunity for Ross and for the university, especially at the undergraduate level,” Dasgupta said. Bell said he plans to enjoy his time at NASA and will add it to his other intern experiences.

“It’s an IT (information technology) rich environment in Omaha.  I’ve had a lot of 'real world’ experience already,” he said.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.  Information on the USRP is online at www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/postsecondary/learning/ .

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