From: Holberton School
Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Holberton School, the two-year school for full-stack engineers, today announced that NASA has selected first-year student Sravanthi Sinha to intern at the NASA Frontier Development Lab, joining students from such prestigious universities as UC Berkeley and Cambridge.
A six-week long research accelerator, championed by NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist and hosted at the SETI Institute, is engaging young researchers from around the world to take on one of the truly existential threats to our species.
"We are honored to be hosting this innovative research accelerator at the SETI Institute, where the integration of machine learning and planetary science is being applied to meaningful and important asteroid research." said Bill Diamond, CEO of the SETI Institute. "We're delighted to have Sravanthi representing the Holberton School in this endeavor, leveraging their creative project-based educational approach."
The NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) is bringing together a team of postgraduate researchers in data analytics and planetary science and challenging them to think outside the box on the threat of asteroid impacts. The initiative is under the aegis of experts from the space agency and the SETI Institute, with deep-learning expertise contributed by NVIDIA and Autodesk.
"I am honored to have even been considered for this honor, and to be representing Holberton" said Sinha, part of the school's inaugural class. "Now I get to spend my summer with some of the brightest young minds from around the world, working on some of the coolest projects."
The San Francisco-based Holberton School offers an alternative to college, online courses and coding bootcamps -- training high quality full-stack software engineers in two years by using a system already proven in Europe to scale to graduate thousands of elite engineers a year. The curriculum is based on peer-learning, a methodology where students help each other to learn and reach their goals. In the old educational system this is called cheating, in the business environment it's called collaboration. The school also uses a project-based approach -- meaning no formal teachers, no lectures -- students learn by building -- which leads them to be really prepared to take on a job and maybe even hunt for asteroids.
About Holberton School
Holberton School is a project-based alternative to college for the next generation of software engineers.
Using project-based learning and peer learning, Holberton School's mission is to train the best software engineers of their generation. At Holberton School, there are no formal teachers and no formal courses. Instead, everything is project-centered. The school gives students increasingly difficult programming challenges to solve, and give them minimal initial directions on how to solve them. As a consequence, students naturally look for the theory and tools they need, understand them, use them, work together, and help each other.
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