Lauren Polo is continuing her work with NASA Ames on Infrared Thermography for wind tunnel tests, through a “Virtual Internship” mechanism from the NAMS program. She’s able to undertake lab work at Cal Poly with trips to Ames over the school breaks, to collaborate with her mentor (and Cal Poly alum) Ted Garbeff at the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel complex.
From Salinas CA, Lauren was a transfer student who joined the university in her junior year, and worked with FLIP in Cal Poly’s Low Speed Wind Tunnel Lab. “I am working with researchers to find an optimal coating for high speed wind tunnel model infrared measurements. My major helped me prepare by giving me hands on technical experience before I went into my internship. I was already comfortable being in a lab and asking questions before I got to NASA. I have that thanks to Cal Poly!”