UWI students win NASA scholarships

Left to right, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Weeks; Stefan Hosein; Jason Renwick, and NIHERST President, Maureen Manchouck.
Left to right, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Weeks; Stefan Hosein; Jason Renwick, and NIHERST President, Maureen Manchouck.

Port of Spain August 27, 2014:Two Trinidadian students from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus won prestigious scholarships to participate in a four month internship program at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California beginning September 2.   Jason Renwick, 19 from Santa Cruz and Stefan Hosein, 21 from Chaguanas, were awarded the internships, following a rigorous competition which included more than 20 of the nation’s brightest local students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This is the first NASA International Internship Program (NASA I2) with Trinidad and Tobago.  It was launched locally in February this year and is the result of a partnership between NASA and the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST).   Other partners include the U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain and UWI.

The two students will follow an intense study program in their fields of specialization.

Renwick will research Electronics Prognostics, while Hosein’s work will focus on Biologically Inspired Machine Intelligence.  They will be conducting cutting-edge research under the mentorship of senior scientists at NASA, as well as attending lectures and seminars at leading research centers, visiting state-of-the-art laboratories, and interacting with some of the world’s best minds in STEM.

“I feel honoured to be chosen for this incredible opportunity fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine which began when I joined the NASA kids club at the age of seven.” Renwick said.  “I hope to make the most of this opportunity for the benefit of all involved, to enhance my personal development as well as my future studies and career as an engineer.”

Hosein plans to pursue a doctorate in the field of artificial intelligence. He said: “I hope to bring back all the knowledge I gain from this unique experience and help build the field of computer sciences in Trinidad and Tobago.”

For more information about this program call (868) 663-6130 or e-mail NASAinternship@niherst.gov.tt