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CSE Ph.D. student working at Nevada National Security Site to improve diagnostic equipment

For the second summer in a row Damyn Chipman, a Computing Ph.D. student with an emphasis in Computational Science and Engineering, will be working as an Associate In Science with the Signal Processing and Applied Mathematics (SPAM) group at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The site at NNSS is managed by Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS) and located in Northern Las Vegas. 

Damyn and the SPAM group are currently working on data analysis for diagnostic equipment that will be used for future experiments. We asked Chipman how this internship is preparing him for success at Boise State and after graduation, he said “I find having real-world, experimental and computational experience to be highly motivating and applicable to my studies at BSU and for my future after graduation. I hope to work for national laboratories supporting the nation’s national security missions. Having solid experience in the field and labs should help prepare me to work as a scientist in the future.”

“One of the coolest things I’ve been able to do so far is collaborating with scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, and MSTS,” Chipman said, “My projects include working on data from various labs and experiments. It’s inspirational to work with other scientists who have spent their lives adding to the pool of scientific knowledge. I hope to be a part of that someday!”

Chipman met representatives from MSTS while completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics at Brigham Young University. “I talked to them at the career fair there and applied online. They will be hiring next summer again, and I am a student ambassador, so if anyone is interested in a highly motivating internship that supports the national security of the USA, feel free to reach out!”