Silicon Valley, California Project Center

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Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
C-Term during winter
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations

Location and Culture

Silicon Valley, a region of California in the San Francisco Bay area, is home to many dynamic companies in the computer industry and other high-tech fields. Following the completion of their projects, several past students secured full-time positions with sponsors and other companies in the area.

During their time in Silicon Valley, students can explore area attractions including theme parks, vineyards, gardens, sporting arenas, shopping centers, and more. Silicon Valley is also home to San Jose, the third largest city in California, and provides a gateway to both urban and natural points of interest.

Past Projects

Past projects have been available in Computer Science and Interactive Media & Game Development, and include:

  • Creation of Memory Dash, a multiplayer puzzle-based iPhone game
  • Creation of a hypervisor that can run Windows with a minimal loss of performance and no loss of functionality
  • Construction of a simulation of the bi-static satellite-radar system of SRI International’s Radio Aurora eXplorer mission, as well as production of synthetic data