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Ross Mitchell Interned at Montana Tech

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Ross Mitchell, a senior student in Computer Science, interned here at MT Tech during the school year. He was assigned to work with a team of MT Tech staff and students that was assembled to work on a project called the Army Research Lab (ARL) Task 002: Innovations in Materials Processing and Additive Manufacturing. He helped design and build a database to maintain the data that was generated by this project. The ultimate goal of this project is to discover and describe the relationships between processing parameters, microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties used to build replacement parts. The results of this research project will be used in the decision-making process about whether parts produced using Additive Manufacturing will be a viable alternative to buying and stockpiling billions of dollars’ worth of parts that may or may not be used. 

During his time working on the project, Ross was able to use the knowledge learned during his studies and apply it to a large real world project. The opportunity to participate in a cross-department research project that has real world impact on which direction a client will proceed represents one example of why the computer science curriculum covers such a wide variety of topics.  

 

Josh Lee at Computers Unlimited

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Josh Lee at Computers Unlimited Josh Lee, a senior in Computer Science and Software Engineering, interned at Computers Unlimited, in Billings Montana over the summer. During his time at Computers Unlimited he was assigned to the Medical Billing Department, and had the privilege to be able to work on two major projects. The first project he worked on was on the later end of integrating a new clearing house into Computers Unlimited’s TIMS software. For the second project he helped with implementing a new billing system for medical gases for one of Computers Unlimited’s clients.

During his time at Computers Unlimited he learned much about service based architectures, SQL optimizations, and the importance of unit testing. Overall Josh would describe the culture at Computers Unlimited as fun and laid back. “Everyone there was always happy to lend a hand if you even needed help, just make sure you don’t break the build”, said Josh.

 

Scott Fleener Interned at Google Inc.

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Scott Fleener, a senior in Computer Science, interned at Google Inc. in Mountain View, California. Specifically, he worked on the Skybox team who focus on satellite imagery-based analytics. During his internship, Scott worked on the data processing pipeline for newly captured satellite images, utilizing the large distributed systems and data centers that Google provides. He chose to use Python as his primary programming language for his project.

Scott applied for his internship online. The interview process included 3 hours of technical phone interviews followed by a series of brief team-matching interviews. For housing, all interns were provided with a housing stipend. At the end of Scott’s internship, he was given the opportunity to go through the process of converting to a full-time software engineer, which he completed in late September. He is due to start August 2016 at Google’s Kirkland, WA office

 

Internship at Yahoo

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Casey Flynn, a senior in Computer Science, attended an internship at Yahoo! over the summer. Located in Sunnyvale, California Yahoo is currently the fifth most visited website in the world with over 1 billion active users per month. During his internship Casey worked in search on the Build Your Own Search Service team, dedicated to providing rich search capabilities to third party developers. His projects included working on Yahoo’s new search platform, and developing an android application to showcase Yahoo’s latest search offerings (vision search).

Along with working with cutting edge technology, Casey was exposed to the Yahoo culture. This includes complementary meals, drinks, and full service coffee bars. Free meals and drinks weren't the only thing he was exposed to while at the Sunnyvale campus; Casey was also afforded the opportunity to meet with industry leaders in big data, machine vision, and mobile development. Currently, Casey is interviewing with Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft and says “The coolest thing about Yahoo was the opportunity to work with a company that operates on a global scale. Receiving that kind of exposure has made me much more attractive to the top tech companies.”

 


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