OMG Digital Magazine OMG Issue 333 29nd November 2018 - Page 45

OMG Digital Magazine | 333 | Thursday 29 November 2018 • PAGE 45 NIHERST in partnership with NASA NIHERST, in partnership with NASA, is once again offering university students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) the opportunity of a lifetime; an internship at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Successful entrants to the programme will spend 10 weeks working with other interns under NASA mentors in fields ranging from the technologies required to keep astronauts alive in space, to energy harvesting using nanomaterials. Through the programme, successful students have the opportunity to work and conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities with some of the best minds in their chosen fields and to attend seminars and lectures by leading figures in contemporary science and technology. Returning from their stay at the Ames Research Center the 2018 interns, Keenan Chatar, 24 and Ariel Chitan, 23, expressed their gratitude to NIHERST and to NASA for the wealth of experiences that their internship has provided. Chitan, internship 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. Facilitated by NIHERST and NASA, with assistance from the United States Embassy of Port of Spain the 2019 I2 programme offers university students a unique exchange opportunity, encouraging collaboration among US and international students, with the view to enhancing students’ knowledge of STEM, developing skills in dynamic new areas of research, fostering cross-cultural understanding, and enabling future multinational missions and collaborations in science. This is also expected to benefit local tertiary level institutions as new avenues of research can be further developed based on the internship experiences at NASA. The programme also seeks to assist the country in advancing its capabilities in science and technology. Students interested in participating in the programme can contact NIHERST at 625-6437 or go to for more information. Deadline for submissions is January 8th 2019. For further information, please contact: Darielle Rampersad of the International Projects Dept. at 625-6437 Ext. 2308 Or email: About NIHERST image009.pngNIHERST is a statutory body established in 1984 to promote science, technology and higher education in Trinidad and Tobago consistent with national development goals. Its current work focuses on the development of a more diversified, knowledge-driven economy, based on the ingenuity of our people and their ability to create, adapt and use science and technology for wealth generation and national development. Many of its programmes aim to strengthen the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial capabilities of the general population. NIHERST is also engaged in research, such as in foresight and innovation, to support economic diversification; promoting innovation and the commercialisation of technology in priority sectors; and building global partnerships.