Intel Lab Putting Products to the Test
NMU students employed at the recently created Intel Lab in the Learning Resources Center are testing wireless software and working on a robotics project at the request of the technology company. The lab, located south of Fieras restaurant, is an extension of the existing partnership between Intel and NMU.
“Intel gives funding to NMU to support the lab and we use that money to buy equipment and software and pay the student employees,” said Dave Maki (Information Technology-Technical Services). “The number of students working there might vary, based on the size of the projects. Right now we have four. One of the company’s engineers is currently working on a robotics project and using the lab to develop generic robotics software for controlling different types of robots. Depending on the outcomes of the current project, other Intel engineers might make use of the lab. The lab will also be tasked with validation testing of products not yet released but heading to market.”
Since 2008, Intel has made summer internships available to select NMU students at its headquarters in Portland, Ore. Maki said some of those students were hired permanently by the company or offered additional internships.
“They needed more people and, because they’ve had good results with previous NMU students, they wanted to test drive more of our students through internships. Eight computer science students are going out to Portland for a six-month project starting in January.”
Among a pool of 30 applicants, student interns selected for the company's network tablet group are: Axel Kingsley (who also was a summer 2011 intern), Bruce Olson, Steve Jarvis, Kristina Tickler and Sara Foster. Those named to the mobility wireless group are: Travis Clark, Eric Smith and Stephen Wilson. Three other applicants—Bryan Denslow, David Pfeiffer and Adam Jacques—were offered employment in the Intel Lab.