The 2018 NIHERST NASA Interns, Keenan Chatar and Ariel Chitan, have returned to Trinidad and Tobago.
Keenan Chatar, 24, is currently pursuing his MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Ariel Chitan, 23, has recently completed her final year BSc. in Physics and Mathematics.
Chatar and Chitan were chosen to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the 10-week NASA International Internship (NASA I2) program at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California from 18th to 24th August, 2018.
A NASA I2 2018 Public Lecture Series took place at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Engineering Lecture Room 101 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. on Wednesday.
The lecture began with a technical presentation by Chitan, whose project was focused on Aeromechanics research activities that directly support the civil competitiveness of the Department of Defence and the U.S. helicopter industry; while Chatar’s research centred on Energy Harvesting using Nanomaterials.
Both presentations were exceptionally well detailed and gave great insight into their research and duties while in California. Attendees were left at the edge of their seats as the participants took turns during the Q&A segment of the technical lecture.
The interns also shared their personal experiences parallel to their work environment while at the NASA Ames Research Center.
It was evident, that they both, thoroughly enjoyed their time during the internship, interacting with colleagues and scientists who they can now proudly call friends and mentors.
Chitan shared her admiration for her supervisor going on to describe the senior scientist she encountered as “one of the best minds she would ever encounter in her life”.
Keenan added that the friendships and memories made were “truly remarkable, heartfelt and never to be forgotten”.
Their unique adventures shared seemed to engulf the auditorium with excitement and anticipation for the next internship registration cycle which is carded for October 2018.