NASA’s first non-U.S. citizens to work as interns are Emiratis, the UAE-based The National newspaper reported on Tuesday 3 August 2010.
Interested in bringing the knowledge to their home country, Shamma al-Qassim, 19, a student at the American University of Sharjah, will be applying her studies in satellite thermal data analysis to predict earthquakes through the detection of stresses in the Earth’s crust.
Rajab Hamad, 21, Engineering major from UAE University has his project beneficial to the UAE’s arid climate woes, as he journeys to develop a system that can process hygienic water for use in future manned Mars and Moon Missions.
And from Ras al-Khaimah, Hazza Bani Malek, 20, a Higher Colleges of Technology student, is working on an automation system for moderating temperature and pressure.
Shama’s job is to download and examine satellite images as stresses are detected. The stress taking place in the earth’s crust works to increase temperature and this will show up in her satellite’s data report. Where Rajab designed the electrical control system and worked on programming the sensors used in water tanks, he is now developing a wireless network that can transfer data from the sensors to the control system. Hazza’s task on the other hand was to analyze the code in the automation systems, fix any of its shortcomings, and then implement it in sensors and electronic devices like gates and valves.
While the students continue their education and gain more knowledge in the high-tech environment of the Ames Research Center in northern Californi, traditions and religion are never forgotten. Nice to see our youth interested in science, its about time.
Shama, Rajab and Hazza are on an important mission for our country and we are so proud of them.