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A Magical Internship: Feibien Cheah at Disney

While I was biking home from my first final during my Spring 2017 semester, I received a phone call from a number from Anaheim, California. I thought nothing of it as I continued to bike home. After about an hour of the “post-final-I-might-have-to-retake-this-class” episode, I decided to return the missed call. I had applied for an internship position via email and I

Everyone around me was incredibly passionate

didn’t really think of it in great detail as I know that this company is incredibly prominent and would never select an undergraduate to do an internship with them.  Fast forward after the phone call, I was shocked and jittery because I didn’t know what had just happened to me in the past hour. I just got my first internship with none other than Walt Disney Imagineering!

Mind you, I am not a big Disney follower. I did, however; play video games on the classics of my era, as I didn’t really enjoy the movies, such as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin just to name a few. But that is the full extent of my Disney knowledge. Within Walt Disney Imagineering, I was under the Disney Research group and what we did was more academia focused where we write papers and patents. Essentially, we are pretty far away from the actual implementation in the parks.

At the company, I worked in Glendale, California, a city just behind the famous Hollywood sign. I was hired to do VR, AR, and projection optics. I, however;

One of the most, if not the most, magical experiences in my life

was not strictly confined to the scope of my job. My boss and I were essentially full-time researchers and part time optics consultants.

Day-to-day work life at the company is amazing, to say the least. Everyone around me was incredibly passionate about the things that they are doing and also many of them are leading scientists or professors in their field. As an intern, work life was also incredible. There are many events for interns such as overnight tours at the parks, lunch meet-ups with other interns, lunch meet-ups with an assigned mentor within the company, “take the day off and go to the park while you are getting paid” day, ping pong tournaments, I can go on and on.

Now that my internship has ended, I am officially a fairly big Disney fan. Trust me it is hard to resist the atmosphere of happy ending movies, the song “Let it Go,” crazy state of the art animations while putting a story behind it, and of course the free admission to the parks as an intern. Trust me it was incredible! Please be weary that I am about to use some face palm worthy clichés. All in all, this summer has been a fairy tale to me. A lot of people might not believe it but it was one of the most, if not the most, magical experiences in my life.


Feibien Cheah is an undergraduate at the University of Arizona studying Optical Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Previously, Feibien worked with Pierre Blanche under the CIAN fellowship on 3D heads up displays and optical switches. Currently, he is working with Roger Angel at the Steward Observatory Solar Lab doing research on CPV and off axis interferometer systems.

AMuSe Project Continues to Rise

After taking second place in the NYC Media Lab Summit for their project AMuSe (Adaptive Multicast Services) system Columbia graduates continue to garner attention and support for their initiatives.

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Varun Gupta

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Craig Gutterman

 

 

 

 

 

Most recently the AMuSe project, led by CIAN students Varun Gupta and Craig Gutterman and CIAN professor Dr. Gil Zussman, was selected to participate in the NYC Media Lab Combine program. Faculty and students composing nine teams were selected from 60 applicants from New York City universities. Each team initially received a grant of $25,000 for the project. After which  they were matched with industry members. The AMuSe project is collaborating with Dr. Yigal Bejerano from Bell Labs to develop the system for multimedia content delivery via Wi-Fi to large groups.

At the close of the program each team will pitch their concept to the NYC Media Lab corporate members on April 8th.

Learn more about the project and the AMuSe system’s place in the NYC Media Lab Summit in the following articles.

Combine Announcement

Columbia Engineering Announcement

Wireless & Mobile Networking Lab Announcement

CIAN Students Take Second Place in NYC Media Lab Summit

CIAN students at Columbia University, from the WiMNet lab of Dr. Gil Zussman, including Raphael Norwitz, Savvas Petridis, Craig Gutterman, and Varun Gupta recently took home the 2nd place prize (out of about 100 demonstrations) for the New York City Media Lab Summit.

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Yigal Bejerano from Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs their demonstration presented the Adaptive Multicast Services (AMuSe) system. According to the WiMNet website,

In a joint project of the WiMNet Lab and Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs we have been developing the AMuSe (Adaptive Multicast Services) system. AMuSe combines methods for collecting accurate feedback information with low overhead and for network adaptation (e.g., transmission rate) based on this feedback. Specifically, the system includes a scheme for dynamic selection of a subset of the multicast receivers as feedback nodes, which periodically send information, such as channel quality or received packet statistics, to the multicast sender. Moreover, it includes schemes for dynamic rate adaptation based on the collected feedback.

This system was implemented in the ORBIT testbed to evaluate its performance in large groups with 150 to 200 receivers.

Read more about the award.

CIAN students Raphael Norwitz and Savvas Petridis are also recent recipients of the CIAN Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Learn more and apply.

CIAN Annual Retreat Approaches

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CIAN ANNUAL RETREAT!

(Click above link then on the ‘Please RSVP’ and complete the form.)

Students are encouraged to speak with faculty as soon as possible to determine if they will be attending. Student presentations will be given on Nov. 13th. Speak with your mentor to determine if you will be giving a presentation. The Student’s Annual Retreat will be held simultaneously on Nov. 11 & 12, with consideration of the CIAN Annual Retreat agenda (see below for registration information, speakers, and topics).

Dates: November 12-13, 2015
Location: San Diego, CA
Lodging: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

CIAN Annual Retreat Agenda

Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to obtain the discounted rate of $144.  The rate will be good for up to 3 days before and 3 days after our meeting. Hotel Deadline is October 10 (but don’t wait because there are only a limited amount of rooms).  Click on either of the links below.

CIAN Retreat (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1509022518&key=3175D815

Questions about the CIAN Annual Retreat may be directed to Trin Riojas.

Questions about the CIAN Student Retreat may be directed to Amee Hennig.


REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CIAN STUDENT RETREAT!

Date: November 11-13, 2014
Location: San Diego, CA
Lodging: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

Student Annual Retreat Draft Agenda

The CIAN Student Dinner and Activity will take place on November 11th in the afternoon and evening. Please make your travel plans and hotel reservations with these events in mind.

Nov. 11
Student Activity: Kayaking, 5pm (See Soha Namnabat and Alex Miles) (RSVP required)

Nov. 12
Student Dinner: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel (RSVP required)

Nov. 13
8:30am-10am, 10:30am-12:00pm – Student Presentations (Register your talk here)
1:00pm-2:30pm – Speaker 1: Bri McWhorter – Interview Skills Boot Camp
2:30pm-4:30pm – Speaker 2: George Kenney – Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Questions about the CIAN Student Retreat may be directed to Amee Hennig.

CIAN LECTURE SERIES WEBINAR – Alexander Miles

Verdet Constant in Microstructured FePt Nanoparticles in PS-P2VP Copolymer Composite Films

Date:  Friday, August 21, 2015
Time:  11am-12pm Arizona Time / 2pm East Coast Time

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/373186709715434497

Or attend in person!
University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, Room 447

Biography

Alexander Miles
Graduate Student
University of Arizona

Alexander Miles is a doctoral candidate in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona working with Dr. Robert Norwood.  His work has touched on optical materials, sensing, holography, photonics, solar energy collection, and thin film filters.  He is graduating in December 2015.

Abstract

Complex Faraday effect and magnetic permeability measurements on iron-platinum (FePt) nanoparticles embedded in a polystyrene-poly(2-vinyl)Pyridine(PS-P2VP) copolymer matrix are reported.  Possible applications include high performance biomagnetic field sensors and optical isolators.

2015 8-21 Alex Miles

Updates from the Lab: Coordinated MultiPoint with Joint Transmission

About the Author: Marc Kurtz

CIAN Undergraduate student and former participant in the CIAN Integrated Optics for Undergraduates Program, Marc Kurtz, research was recently accepted for publication. The paper will be published in the journal Performance Evaluation, Special Issue from IFIP Performance 2015. Marc’s mentor, Dr. Guy Grebla will be presenting their project at the 33rd International Symposium on Computer Performance, Modeling, Measurements, and Evaluation in Sydney, Australia October 19-21, 2015.

In Summer 2014 Marc was selected to participated in Dr. Gil Zussman’s WimNet Lab at Columbia University under Dr. Zussman’s and Dr. Guy Grebla’s mentorship. After the summer Marc went on to receive an Undergraduate Research Fellowship and continued his research into the school year. Marc will begin his graduate work in Electrical Engineering at The Cooper Union. He’ll also be working with a start-up company called MMT Diagnostics.

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Marc Kurtz poses in the Wireless and Mobile Networking Lab (WiMNet) at Columbia University where he performed his research.

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Light and Opportunity in the Southwest: My Experience with the Hooked on Photonics REU at UA

I believe that our interactions with light are amongst some of the most powerful and memorable experiences that one can have. Even our subtle interactions with light outside of the lab can have an extremely profound effect on the way we think and perceive the world. One of the most profound ways that light permeates our everyday language is in our use of light as a metaphor to clarify a concept. Words such as illuminate, illustrate, and enlighten make sense to us because of our everyday experience with light from childhood. When a new explanation of some phenomena comes to our attention, we may say that some light has been shed on the subject. In the lab, the interaction between light and matter can provide us with a great amount of information about the characteristics of our universe and applications for new types of technology. In the laboratory, we are put into a unique situation. Not only is light used to reveal the properties of materials and objects around us, but also the concept and properties of light itself are revealed or even can be said to be illuminated.

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Mirror Glass Sculpture Outside College of Optical Sciences

I started optical science research in my junior year of college. When I found out that I had been accepted as a participant in the Hooked on Photonics REU program at UA, I was very excited. The furthest west I had ever traveled in the United States was Illinois, so the REU seemed like a perfect opportunity for the summer. UA has a historically strong program for optics, so I was looking forward to being part of such an immersive optics experience. After the program, I remember reading through the October issue of the OSA publication Optics and Photonics News and coming across the feature article on the 50th Anniversary of the College of Optical Sciences at UA written by Dean Thomas Koch. His description of the Arizona sky and the “blue-sky thinking” that characterizes the institution and its hosted programs completely reflects my memory of my summer experience. Continue reading