How has working with Ultra Labs impacted your skillset?
My time with Ultra Labs helped refine my skills for research and critical thinking. Working with partners at Texas A&M helped me understand the academic space from an industry lens. I was a part of countless theoretical and practical discussions around the technology being developed at Ultra Labs, which aided my ability to think deeply and produce higher quality ideas.
At Ultra Labs, I was also given access to some pretty impressive compute resources on Amazon Web Services GovCloud, which allowed me to train A.I to produce wildly interesting behavior. The experience tuning and engineering an intelligent model is invaluable going into my PhD, as I will now be better versed in practical machine learning techniques.
Was there anything that Ultra Labs offered that was different from other places you may have worked at?
Ultra Labs offered me an ideal balance between research freedom and mission-driven execution. Often with jobs in the industry, they tend to be based on hard deadlines and predefined project scopes. I found that defining my project focus at Ultra was a team decision, and my opinion and interests were considered valuable in that decision.
What was your experience like working with your team?
My manager, Daniel Gil, was a great mentor to me. Dan has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin and has provided me with a great deal of advice and thoughts on my upcoming doctoral work at Northeastern. Alongside this support, he managed my workflow with purpose and respect. These managerial qualities helped my productivity immensely. My direct team, consisting of Tyler Black, Samantha Hay, Brendan Crowe, and Alex Behnke, is a collection of creative and skilled practitioners. The culture of this group was lively, enthusiastic, and practical. Meeting the team in Austin felt comfortable and I knew that I was accepted and appreciated. Sometimes I forgot that I was only an intern!
Thank you to Ultra Labs for an incredibly valuable internship and all of the hard-working individuals that enriched my experience.