Internships at MTRI
Our mission is to provide a real world experience for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in a research institute that addresses advanced technology to sense and understand natural and man-made environments.
Preparing Today’s Students for the Future
- Tasks are varied and include field data collection, image processing, programming, data analysis, contributing to reports, and presenting results to colleagues.
- Opportunities to learn more about various scientific and technical disciplines, and to work with MTRI sponsors such as EPA, GLOS, NIH, USGS, USFWS, NASA, US BLM, USDOT, MDOT, and DoD.
- Interns are compensated with an hourly wage based on schooling and other experience.
- 33 Michigan Tech students have completed summer internships at MTRI and area university and high-school students also participate.
- Internships include opportunities to learn about using your talents in a team environment, working on a project with experienced scientists on real-world problems, and experience in presenting your accomplishments during the internship.
The Sensor/Signal Processing Lab is seeking qualified candidates with the following background/coursework:
- Excellent analytical abilities: Mathematics (calculus and linear algebra) with advanced math courses being a plus; Statistics and probability (basic courses) with advanced statistics courses being a plus; Electrical engineering and/or physics
- Experience with signal processing concepts (e.g., discrete Fourier transforms) is preferred
- Currently pursuing or recently received a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree, with preference to those in mathematics, statistics, electrical engineering, or computer science
- Comfortable working within Windows PC and Linux environments, and familiar with MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
- Skill editing publications and preparing reports/PowerPoint briefings is preferred
- Experience with programming, such as MATLAB, Python, C, etc., is preferred
- Familiarity with statistical analysis software (R, SAS, JMP) is helpful
- Familiarity with shell language programming (Linux or Unix) is helpful
- Ability to obtain a DoD security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship, and no duel citizenship with any other country
The Environmental, Transportation, and Decision Support Lab is is seeking qualified candidates with the following background/coursework:
- Experience with major remote sensing and GIS software, such as ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, eCognition, ESRI ArcGIS, and QGIS.
- Familiarity with spatial concepts, including the workflow of preparing and analyzing remotely sensed imagery
- Skills with editing publications, preparing reports, and cartographic production
- Experience with web page creation and editing
- Comfortable working within a Windows PC environment and familiar with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). Linux experience is helpful.
- Experience with programming (such as Python, C++, MATLAB)
- Familiarity with statistical analysis and statistics software (R, SPSS, JMP)
- Currently pursuing or recently received a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, with preference to those in environmental/earth science, electrical or environmental engineering, or computer science. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply.
- Ability to obtain a DoD security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship, and no dual citizenship with any other country
To be Eligible for an Internship, you must:
- Be a student or recent graduate in good standing at an accredited college or university.
- Be majoring or received a degree in a field appropriate to the job opening.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
- Be a U.S. citizen and not a duel citizen.
In the Field
Field teams assisted the Radar Detection and Monitoring of Invasive Phragmites in the Coastal Great Lakes project. The team collected data on vegetation type, density, and height, as well as water condition measurements at 286 locations throughout the basin. These field measurements help to provide accurate identification of ecosystem types when classifying the PALSAR imagery.
Great Lakes Water Monitoring
Interns assist MTRI staff by research the Great Lakes in many ways, such as, 1.) Mapping Cladophora extent and estimate biomass for the entire U.S. and Canadian nearshore region in the four lower Great Lakes, 2.) Developing a satellite algorithm for the retrieval of chlorophyll, Dissolved Organic Carbon, and Suspended Minerals for the Great Lakes, and 3.) Support ecosystem restoration and protection efforts in five pilot? tributaries in the Great Lakes.
Bridge Condition Using Remote Sensors
Student interns assisted Michigan Tech and MTRI researchers in using remote sensing technologies to monitor the condition of bridges to monitor the condition of bridges to help improve efficiency of inspection and repair. They are using thermal infrared and 3-D optics systems to scan bridges to help determine the condition based on possible delaminations, spalling, and other distresses, both visible and not visible at the surface.
Mapping of Unpaved Roads Locations and Condition
The Michigan Tech team (MTRI and MTTI) are working with US DOT/RITA to design and develop a Remote Sensing system which promises to extend the available Commercial Remote Sensing & Spatial Information tools to enhance an unpaved road assessment system. Both manned and unmanned aerial systems are under evaluation.
USFWS Midwest Wetlands Assessment
Interns helped MTRI researchers perform an accuracy assessment on a classification of wetlands in Iowa. The classification is an update to the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) performed by St Mary's University of Minnesota. MTRI was also tasked with developing improved accuracy assessment methods and classification methodology.
Please send a resume/CV and a letter of recommendation (usually from a recent professor) to:
3600 Green Ct., Ste. 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
For Additional Information on Sensor/Signal Processing Lab Internships contact:
Joseph Burns, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
For Additional Information on Environmental, Transportation, and Decision Support Lab Internships contact:
Senior Research Scientist
Nancy French, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Factsheets on internships:
- Total of 16 interns
- Schools represented:
Michigan Technological University (7), University of Waterloo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Michigan (Dearborn), Middlebury College,
Impacts and Implications of Increased Fire inTundra Regions of North America
Using remote sensing and GIS to monitor changes in climate change and increrased impacts to tundra.
- Mapping historic tundra fires across the Arctic.
- Searching for evidence of fires in Canadian tundra in summer 2010.
- Monitoring tundra fires across the arctic region in 2011.
- Assisting with preparation and logistics for field trip to assess effects of 2010 fire in Noatak National Preserve, Alaska.
Vulnerability of North American Boreal Peatlands to Interactions between Climate, Hydrology, and Wildland Fires
Intern Anne Santa Maria and Erik Boren spent the summer in Alberta, Canada, as a field based intern, assisting the Vulnerability of North American Boreal Peatlands to Interactions between Climate, Hydrology, and Wildland Fires project. The project goal is to understand how interactions between climate, hydrology and the fire regime impact ecosystem processes and carbon cycling in boreal peatlands.