Senior computer science major Garrison Vaughan put his web development and database development knowledge to use this summer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., as a Junior IT Specialist.
"Ever since I was a kid, I've always been impressed with the amazing things NASA has done. So being able to be an intern there is very exciting for me," says Vaughn.
During his internship, Vaughan worked with NASA scientists and system architects to move a continuous integration server, used for regression tests against a large Earth System Model, off of the main supercomputer cluster and into the Amazon Cloud.
Another project he participated in at Goddard was the development of base classes for graphing widgets, built in processing.js, used to display the current state of the main supercomputer’s nodes and file system.
His summer experience made a lasting impression on Vaughan and solidified his career goals. "Working at Goddard has been one of the most interesting things I have ever done, and I look forward to working there for as long as I can contribute," he says.