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BART summer internships give students real-world experience in public transportation

(Source: Mass Transit)

September 9, 2020 — SF Bay Area, CA

(Photo above: Iris Nunez, (left) track engineering intern, and Ann Cherayil, construction engineering intern, work the A65 Hayward track replacement project. Source: BART)

UCSC computer engineering senior is one of seven students in BART’s engineering internship program

Jennie Nguyen’s summer internship with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) let her stretch her computer science skills with real-world experience, architecting a new faregate patron sensor solution and coding the sensors to work in the new faregates

“It definitely gave me experience that I couldn’t get in the classroom alone,” said Nguyen, a senior in computer engineering at the University of California Santa Cruz. 

Nguyen and the other seven students in BART’s engineering internship program recently gave presentations on the projects they worked on during the summer. Nguyen and a fellow intern, Tanner Amador of Arizona State University, tested new sensors for faregates that could help with both accessibility and deterrence of fare evasion. 

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