Programmer at Microsoft, Guest
Researcher"> Programmer on Microsofts Project Phoenix Eric Cheng, who graduated in May from Rice University, was initially offered his summer internship as a full-time job for after graduation. However, once he was "talked into" continuing school, Cheng convinced Microsoft to let him convert the job to a summer internship.After this summer, Eric will pursue his Ph.D. in CS at Yale University. Guest Researcher of Linguistics at a Government Agency Emily Fortuna, a Rice University sophomore, is interning as a guest research this summer at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), a government agency in Gaithersburg, Md., on a project related to natural language processing. "Im creating a computer model of how people learn a second language. Im focusing on English and Spanish, mapping the way different words relate to each other. Its a continuation of a project started last summer," Fortuna told eWEEK. Fortunas favorite part of her internship is having an opportunity to combine two of her interests, linguistics and computer science, something she had previously not been able to do. "The program is going to be an online database so others can look at one way we can use computers to create better tools for humans. Its a start in a long process of getting computers to process language the way we do." Next Page: Database admin.
"Im working on a research project called Phoenix, developing new features for the next-generation Visual C++ compiler that is going to be integrated into a later version of Visual Studio. Ive always been interested in learning programming languages and Microsoft offered me the most opportunity to do this," Cheng told eWEEK.