NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center for STEM

  • CSULA NASA DIRECT-STEM
  • Faculty and students at the 28th Annual Cal State LA Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities.
    Faculty and students at the 28th Annual Cal State LA Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities.
  • Students at our multi-disciplinary seminar on Jan. 31st with Dr. Nhut Tan Ho from Cal State University, Northridge
    Students at our multi-disciplinary seminar on Jan. 31st with Dr. Nhut Tan Ho from Cal State University, Northridge
  • Students at our Winter MATLAB workshop sponsored by MathWorks
    Students at our Winter MATLAB workshop sponsored by MathWorks
  • DIRECT-STEM students at our multi-disciplinary seminar with Dr. Mike Pritchard
    DIRECT-STEM students at our multi-disciplinary seminar with Dr. Mike Pritchard
  • Pre-trainee Dixie Escalante at our Mock Interview Workshop
    Pre-trainee Dixie Escalante at our Mock Interview Workshop
  • Dr. Frank Marsik from the University of Michigan leading a research experiences for undergraduates (REU) application workshop
    Dr. Frank Marsik from the University of Michigan leading a research experiences for undergraduates (REU) application workshop
  • Students at our multi-disciplinary seminar on Oct. 11th with Dr. Josh Cuzzone
    Students at our multi-disciplinary seminar on Oct. 11th with Dr. Josh Cuzzone
  • 2019-2020 Pre-Trainee Cohort
    2019-2020 Pre-Trainee Cohort at Cal Sate LA
  • Pre-trainee Workshop 10/5/19
    Our first pre-trainee workshop introduced over 90 students to Python coding! They will attend eight more workshops to complete the program and will have valuable experience with Python coding for data science.
  • DIRECT-STEM welcomed over 140 students at our 2019 Annual Kick-off Event
    DIRECT-STEM welcomed over 140 students at our 2019 Annual Kick-off Event
  • Dr. Hengchun Ye welcoming the 5th cohort at our 2019 Annual Kick-off Event
    Dr. Hengchun Ye welcoming the 5th cohort at our 2019 Annual Kick-off Event
  • DIRECT-STEM students lined up for lunch at our kick-off event
    DIRECT-STEM students lined up for lunch at our kick-off event
  • Dr. Paul Nerenberg and Dr. Daphne Liu welcome the 5th cohort of pre-trainees
    Dr. Paul Nerenberg and Dr. Daphne Liu welcome the 5th cohort of pre-trainees
  • DIRECT-STEM students at the UC Irvine Summer Workshop 2019
    DIRECT-STEM students at the UC Irvine Summer Workshop 2019
  • 2019 JPL Interns
    DIRECT-STEM research students at their JPL internship, Summer 2019
  • JPL Group Photo
    2017-2018 Research Cohort in front of the Curiosity Rover at JPL
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    DIRECT-STEM student Brandon Hilliard presenting his research at the 2019 American Astronomical Society Conference in St. Louis, MO
  • DIRECT-STEM Pre-Trainee Students Summer 2019
    DIRECT-STEM Pre-Trainee Students Summer 2019
  • Dr. Mohammad Pourhomayoun leading a DIRECT-STEM research student seminar on AI and Machine Learning.
    Dr. Mohammad Pourhomayoun leading a DIRECT-STEM research student seminar on AI and Machine Learning.
  • Dr. Hengchun Ye speaking at the 4th Annual NASA DIRECT-STEM Research Symposium
    Dr. Hengchun Ye speaking at the 4th Annual NASA DIRECT-STEM Research Symposium
  • Students explaining their research posters at the 4th Annual NASA DIRECT-STEM Research Symposium
    Students explaining their research posters at the 4th Annual NASA DIRECT-STEM Research Symposium
  • From left: Mariam Ayad, Sara Johnson, Jessica Kromer, Chelsy Salas and Angelica Enriquez
    From left: Mariam Ayad, Sara Johnson, Jessica Kromer, Chelsy Salas and Angelica Enriquez
  • From left: Dr. Ted Crovello, Dr. Hengchun Ye, Marianne Abalos, Dean Pamela Scott-Johnson, Dr. Meridith Lee, and Sumit Tandon
    From left: Dr. Ted Crovello, Dr. Hengchun Ye, Marianne Abalos, Dean Pamela Scott-Johnson, Dr. Meridith Lee, and Sumit Tandon
  • DIRECT-STEM Students at the XSEDE coding workshop
    DIRECT-STEM Students at the XSEDE coding workshop
  •  More than 70 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the XSEDE/DIRECT-STEM training workshops at Cal State LA.
    More than 70 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the XSEDE/DIRECT-STEM training workshops at Cal State LA.
  • Joseph Iorio – 1st overall oral presentation at the 2019 Cal State LA Annual Student Symposium on RSCA
    Joseph Iorio – 1st overall oral presentation at the 2019 Cal State LA Annual Student Symposium on RSCA
  • Nia Huggins, Keven Mai (Pre-trainee), and Cindy Garcia
    (From left) Nia Huggins – outstanding presentation in Physical and Mathematical Science group; Kevin Mai (pre-trainee) and Cindy Garcia – Outstanding presentation in Engineering and Computer Sciences
  • Ilnam Jeong (Pre-trainee) – Outstanding presentation in Physical and Mathematical Science group
    Ilnam Jeong (Pre-trainee) – Outstanding presentation in Physical and Mathematical Science group
  • Dr. Liu's research group with Dean Scott-Johnson
    Dr. Liu's 2018-2019 research group with Dean Scott-Johnson
  • Dr. Ye's 2018-2019 Research Group
    Dr. Ye's 2018-2019 Research Group
  • Dr. Shen's 2018-2019 Research Group
    Dr. Shen's 2018-2019 Research Group
  • Dr. Guo's 2018-2019 Research Group
    Dr. Guo's 2018-2019 Research Group
  • Dr. Li's 2018-2019 Research Group
    Dr. Li's 2018-2019 Research Group
  • Dr. Nerenberg's 2018-2019 Research Group
    Dr. Nerenberg's 2018-2019 Research Group
  • Dr. Lopez's 2018-2019 Research Group
    Dr. Lopez's 2018-2019 Research Group
  • Dr. Terebey's 2018-2019 Research Group
    Dr. Terebey's 2018-2019 Research Group
  • Pre-Trainee Group
    2017-2018 Pre-Trainee Cohort
  • Eshraghi Research Group
    Dr. Eshraghi's 2017-2018 Research Group
  • Guo Research Group
    Dr. Guo's 2017-2018 Research Group
  • Li Research Group
    Dr. Li's 2017-2018 Research Group
  • Liu Research Group
    Dr. Liu's 2017-2018 Research Group
  • Dr. Liu's 2017-2018 Research Group
    Dr. Liu's 2017-2018 Research Group
  • Lopez Research Group
    Dr. Lopez's 2017-2018 Research Group
  • Terebey Research Group
    Dr. Terebey's 2017-2018 Research Group
  • Ye Research Group
    Dr. Ye's 2017-2018 Research Group
  • 2018 NASA DIRECT-STEM Symposium
    2018 NASA DIRECT-STEM Symposium
  • JPL Visit October 2017
    Research Students gathered at JPL Space Museum, October 2017
  • 2017 NASA DIRECT-STEM Symposium
    2017 NASA DIRECT-STEM Symposium
  • Ye MUREP
    Meeting at Goddard Space Center, Spring 2017
  • Li Symposium
    Dr. Li at the 2015 DIRECT-STEM Annual Symposium
  • Beebee photo
    The UCI Workshop, Sept 2015
  • Grant Robinson speaking at the CSULA Research Symposium, Feb. 2017
    Grant Robinson speaking at the 25th Annual Cal State L.A. Symposium
  • Pre-Trainee Workshop
    2017 Pre-Trainee Workshop
  • Lizxandra and Arianna
    Lizxandra and Arianna at a workshop, Oct 2015
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    Dr. Ye and the External Advisory Board, Spring 2016
  • stem faculty
    Faculty members from Cal State LA and UCI
  • faculty photo
    Research faculty working on the DIRECT-STEM proposal, Dec 2014
  • Lopez and Guo
    Dr. Lopez and Dr. Guo

The NASA DIRECT-STEM Program has an overarching goal of recruiting highly competitive, historically under-represented students, giving them direct NASA research experience in scientific computing and data analysis, and inspiring them to become future leaders in STEM-related professions.

What is our mission?

  • To develop a sustainable NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (DIRECT-STEM) at California State University, Los Angeles.
  • To recruit highly competitive, historically under-represented students, giving them direct NASA research experience in scientific computing and data analysis
  • To inspire our students to become future leaders in STEM-related professions
  • To encourage the exchange of intellectual and human resources pertaining to NASA-related research; expanding research and educational capacity and infrastructure in STEM areas
  • To increase collaborative research projects among Cal State LA, JPL, and UCI
  • To promote STEM literacy to communities in the greater Los Angeles Basin.

What do we do?

  1. Conduct collaborative research and training with the University of California, Irvine and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in areas of hydrology and climate change, computational physics, & cloud computing directly contributing to NASA’s mission goals
  2. Build a sound structure of student recruiting, mentoring, and training
  3. Create a student-centered learning community through pre-trainee workshops for freshman and community college students, computational skill development workshops and research experience for senior and graduate student​s                            
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A message from DIRECT-STEM:

We would like to congratulate all of our students this year who completed the pre-trainee program! This was our biggest pre-trainee cohort to date and it was filled with wonderfully dedicated students. We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to expand your computing skills! 

 

We would like to thank our faculty, Dr. Nerenberg, Dr. Liu, and Dr. Zhong for creating the curriculum and leading the workshops. We would also like to thank our TA’s for all of their help this year. A special thank you, to the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) team for their support and teamwork this semester. With their help we were able to transition our last two workshops online due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

 

We would also like to congratulate all of our research students graduating this semester. You have been one of our most diverse and dedicated group of students. We wish you all the best in the next chapter of your lives! 

 

2020 Graduating Student Placements

Christian Pelayo – Will pursue a Ph.D. in Climate Science at Scripts Institute of Oceanography 

Antonio Magana-Ceballos – Accepted a Mechanics Engineer position at Northrop Grumman  

Chelsy Salas – Will pursue a Ph.D. at the U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Daniel Chou – Accepted a position at JPL

Eduardo “Ricky” Vargas – Accepted a position at NASA’s Ames Research Center 

Jessica Kromer – Will pursue a Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University

Sara Johnson – Will pursue a Ph.D. at Ohio State University 

Nikita Aggarwal – Will pursue MS in Computer Science at Cal State LA

Justine West - Will pursue MS in Computer Science at Cal State LA

Luyi Ren – Accepted a position at JPL

Mariam Ayad – Will pursue a Ph.D. in Ocean Science at UC Santa Cruz

Edgar Chavez - Will pursue MS in Structural Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona

Gabriela Alvarado - Will pursue MS in Computer Science at Cal State LA

Isaac Cano - Accepted a Software Engineer position at Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems

David San - Will pursue MS in Computer Science at Cal State LA

Joe Rosalez - Will pursue MS in Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona

Joseph Iorio - Accepted an internship to full-time position at SpaceX

 

If you haven’t already please join our LinkedIn group to stay in touch, https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13739889/.

 

Stay safe and healthy!

Best,

DIRECT-STEM Team

 

 

NASA DIRECT-STEM at Cal State Los Angeles 2019

 

NASA DIRECT-STEM at Cal State Los Angeles 2018

 

 

2017 CSULA Nasa Direct Stem

 

XSEDE's successful advanced computing training partnership with Cal State Los Angeles NASA DIRECT-STEM Program

XSEDE Program

Read XSEDE's Newsletter Spotlight:

https://www.xsede.org/-/turning-algorithms-into-applicable-skills

Thank you to Linda Akli (XSEDE) and Rosalia Gomez (TACC) for helping us coordinate this partnership with XSEDE!