2010 Princeton Students

Eve Hanson ’11, Chemistry

Eve Hanson with colleague

Interned at: University of Bochum
Location: Bochum, Germany
This summer I worked in a shape memory alloy lab in Bochum, Germany. I was quickly integrated into the group and learned the many processing techniques involved in taking the pure elements to their functionalized actuator form. This included using a wire drawing machine that was over 30 feet long. While varying levels of English were spoken in the lab, each and every member went out of their way to make me feel welcome. I also ended up learning how to weld in a class that was taught completely in German! The biweekly German class was a great way to learn the survival German skills needed to navigate the country. Also, since it included students from all over the world, the English class turned into a fascinating cultural exchange of its own. The lab had all kinds of outings, including a day excursion to a local historical coal mine. World Cup games were always a valid reason to leave the lab early to watch with your coworkers. Being in Europe for the World Cup is really an experience that cannot be replicated in the States. In addition to lab and program organized events, I had the opportunity to travel a lot around Germany. From Berlin to Cologne, Koblenz to Dusseldorf, there is a lot to see and do.

Kelly Weeks ’12, Computer Science

Kelly Weeks with her ultimate frisbee team

Interned at: University of Bochum
Location: Bochum, Germany
I worked with the Embedded Security Department at the University of Bochum in Bochum, Germany. My job was to research an attack on English credit cards done by researchers at Cambridge University and to adapt it to work on German credit cards (the researchers at Cambridge had tested their own attack on the German cards and it had failed). A daunting task, but I was aided immensely by many people in the department. But my favorite part of the internship, of course, was everything I got to do outside of work. I traveled to Sweden, Portugal, and hit almost every major city in German at some point or another. I also had to opportunity to play for the university’s ultimate frisbee team, where I met and hung out with real live Germans! Easily the most rewarding part of my stay in Bochum, the frisbee team taught me everything them deemed useful about their culture 1) how to pick up guys auf Deutsch 2) insults to yell at siblings and, most importantly, 3) how to open a beer bottle with a cell phone.

Kwesi Adarkwa ’11, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Kwesi Adarkwa in Berlin

Interned at: University of Bochum
Location: Bochum, Germany
This summer, I spent 8 weeks working as a research intern at Ruhr Universitat Bochum (RUB) in the city of Bochum, Germany. As a Mechanical Engineering major with a concentration in Materials Science, I was enthused when I was accepted to work on the project at Bochum, which involved the fabrication, testing and optimization of a small ultrashort laser pulse generation system – and I was not disappointed. It proved to be very interesting, and I gained a lot of knowledge and experience. Those should prove useful this year, as my senior thesis centres on laser design and testing. In addition, I found my coworkers in my lab research group really friendly and helpful. They helped me get up to speed on the project in no time, provided great insights that eased my burdens, and engaged me in conversation that made for great cultural learning. Also, the internship included a 7-hour-a-week German language study course which proved to be quite a delight and also increased my appreciation and knowledge of German. Immersion is, really, the best way to learn a language! Last but not least, the program was flexible enough that I was able to travel quite a lot within Germany and continental Europe during the weekends. The combined factors of great research, a great environment, and amazing trips made this into one of my most enjoyable and memorable summers.

Lillian Zhou ’11, Computer Science

Lillian Zhou

Interned at: University of Bochum
Location: Bochum, Germany
Apparently the buildings at Bochum University were designed to resemble ships, because the architects wanted to create a “port of learning”. Whether or not my host students were pulling my leg, I felt that the other undergraduates, researchers, and faculty I worked with this summer brought wisdom and experience from their respective corners of the ocean. The Department of Systems Security was a diverse bunch and I had the opportunity to work and lunch with the lab members daily as well as discuss current and past projects. I wound up getting my hands dirty with two applications in trusted computing: working with the TPM chip, and testing a secure IP packet forwarder. And of course, as soon as the internship was over, I rushed back to Princeton to sign up for the Security course here. Besides work, there were plenty of chances to explore Germany with the other interns: backpacking, camping, day-long train rides across country, museums, performances, night festivals, and various forms of German fast food (free tip: never turn down currywurst). Living near the university meant we had plenty of interaction with English-speakers, while a twice-weekly German language course gave us a rudimentary vocabulary. Through planned activities, we met other international students, but perhaps most astonishing was the friendliness of the native Germans, who were as eager to share their home with us as we were to experience it.

2010 International Students

Fabian Unterumsberger, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Fabian Unterumsberger

Princeton Advisor: Nan Yao
Department: PRISM
During 8 weeks in the summer of 2010 I lived and worked at Princeton University as a visiting student research collaborator (VSRC) under the supervision of Dr. Nan Yao. The characterization of the mechanical and electrical properties of Nickel and PZT nanowires was the main research topic. I had the pleasure to work with several graduate and undergraduate students, exchanging ideas and results with different parts of this project. Also the discussions with Dr. Yao as with Jerry Poirier (research staff) showed me how research is done at Princeton. This experience was amazing and helped me to see the research and results of my Ph.D. project in Germany from another point of view. Further, the contact with students on other summer programs as REU at Princeton was an easy way to make new friends and spend the free time with culture, tourism and some sport. Finally I would like to recommend the Princeton Senzala Capoeira Group, with mestre Zumbi, as a workout activity and a way to get in touch with real Princetonians. To get around campus I recommend renting a bike from the Princeton Ubike project.

Kai Oberste-Ufer, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Kai Oberste-Ufer

Princeton Advisor: Branko Glisic
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
To make it short: The two month internship at the Princeton University was a very valuable and inspiring experience – both from a personal as well as from a professional perspective. As a civil engineer, i was very impressed seeing the professional scientific environment provided to young researchers from all over the world. The Keller-Center’s REACH Program gave me the wonderful opportunity to work together with Prof. Glisic in a multidiscipline NEES Project on earthquake engineering and Optical Fiber Sensor Systems. This has broadened significantly my scientific horizon in my field of engineering. Also it was a great experience to see the academic life at one of the most recognized university in the world. During my internship i could get into contact to people from all over the world and I discovered a kind of hospitality that is outstanding and more than the normal.

Philipp Mertmann, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Philipp Mertmann

Advisor: Professor Thanos Panagiotopoulos
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Working with Prof. Panagiotopoulos’ group for the eight weeks in Princeton was a great experience for me and very productive and instructive. Everyone was nice and made me feel welcome. Since I work in the electrical engineering department in Germany, it was nice to see that pretty similar approaches can be used in chemical engineering as well. The chances are that I will use parts of this work in my PhD thesis, which was not my intention from the very first. Additionally, we plan to write a paper about our results, which is fantastic for such a short period of time. I am really happy that I had this great opportunity the Keller-Center gave me.