COD Computer Student Gains Experience at National Level

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By Brian KleemannCollege of DuPage student Matthew Krebs is spending 2018 at two national laboratories,
gaining critical experience for a career in computers.After working during the spring semester at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New
Mexico, where he was the only intern from a community college, Krebs is now enjoying
an internship at Argonne National Laboratory. Both are providing opportunities to
apply skills he gained while taking courses in the Computer Information Systems program
at COD.“It’s been fun and I’m learning so much,” said the Naperville resident. “At Los Alamos,
I had opportunities to attend talks at the lab and learn about new things, such as
the idea of sending a nuclear reactor to Mars.”Krebs applied for internships through the U.S. Department of Energy and initially
hoped to find one at Argonne or Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. In December,
he was contacted for an interview and then secured an internship at Los Alamos, where
he spent most of the spring semester working on the lab’s augmented reality project,
which blends computer-generated images into the real world and could support national
security initiatives.“I was using C# and Unity to work with Microsoft’s augmented reality headset called
the HoloLens,” he said. “I was lucky enough to work with a scientist who became a
great mentor and gave me a side project that helped strengthen my knowledge and skills.
I also was invited to sit in as an undergraduate on the Advanced Studies Institute,
which is for Ph.D. students and postdocs. I helped them write the proposal for treaty
verification for artificial intelligence.”He also completed three online courses at COD during his time in New Mexico before
returning to the Chicago area and starting his internship at Argonne, where he currently
is working with robotics on an augmented teleautonomy project.Krebs’ …

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