Silicon Valley, California Project Center

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Program Term(s): 
C-Term during winter
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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 related high-tech fields. Students at the Silicon Valley project center have opportunities to work with companies such as SRI International (a research center), Disney Interactive, NVIDIA, and others. Several students have taken full-time positions with sponsors and other companies in Silicon Valley following their projects. During their stay in Silicon Valley, students can also explore area attractions including theme parks, vineyards, gardens, sporting arenas, shopping centers, and more. Silicon Valley is 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:

  • Game development - Creating Memory Dash, a multiplayer puzzle-based iPhone game that provided entertainment for users and product feedback data for eBay
  • Computer Science - Creating a hypervisor that can run Windows with a minimal loss of performance and no loss of functionality for the NVIDIA Corporation
  • Nano-Satellite Radar - Constructing a simulation of the bi-static satellite-radar system of SRI International’s Radio Aurora eXplorer mission and producing synthetic data