Hi. I'm Nashir! I am a UCLA alumnus with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies (with an emphasis in bass performance and jazz composition) and a student at the University of Central Florida pursuing a second bachelor's degree in computer science. I am passionate about deconstructing complex problems and finding efficient solutions to them, and particularly enjoy doing so with code.
I'm a four-time NASA intern (three at KSC and one at GSFC), where I worked on many diverse projects, ranging from software development to support the Launch Control System (which will be used to launch the SLS rocket for the Artemis programs), to supporting research efforts in flexible aerospace structures and robotic excavation, to building data pipelines for machine learning that will enhance observation efficiency in spacecraft.
I'm also a two-time Google intern. In the summer of 2021, I was a remote intern and worked on a project that improved the quality of video search/ranking. In the summer of 2022, I was onsite at Google NYC and worked on a project to extract the read functionality for reading from the canonical store of Geo data into a standalone microservice.
At UCF, I am involved with two clubs: UCF AI, and UCF Rock Climbing. I'm working on an undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Sukthankar, and am involved with two extracurricular projects: 1) a chess playing automaton powered by a custom chess AI, and 2) a robot that plays drums.
I'm currently living in Orlando, FL, but am a native of Los Angeles, CA. In my free time, I like to play basketball, rock climb, play/listen to music, go hiking/camping/backpacking, play video/board games, and read about space/tech/science/engineering/CS.