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When Boeing intern Monika Khot returns to school this fall and her friends ask what she did this summer, Khot can say she did work that might lead to a patent application with her name on it.
Khot, a computer science major entering her third year at the University of Virginia, spent the summer working in Seattle for Boeing Research & Technology, the company's advanced, central research and development organization. When she wasn’t working to develop software for a visual overlay of ocean data or internal factory automation, she spent one day a week teamed with software engineer Winfeng Li, tasked with programming and implementing a machine learning system that has far-reaching potential.
With the cutting-edge system, the embedded code works by learning the normal behavior for processes and systems used at Boeing, whether it’s a manufacturing process that dictates the movements of a machine on the factory floor or a cybersecurity system.
“With our current computer systems, we often times have to deal with issues once they have gotten past the initial warning signs,” said Arun Ayyagari, a Boeing Senior Technical Fellow who oversaw the teams’ work. “With this breakthrough, we can attack a problem very early, possibly saving valuable time and resources.”
“I feel like I am going back to school with a leg up compared to my other classmates.”
Khot says she valued her time as an intern because she was working on challenging, real-world applications that benefitted Boeing – a feeling that Ayyagari says all interns should leave Boeing with.
“The bar for interns is set very high,” he said. “Boeing should motivate its interns to be challenged and solve problems that, in the end, benefit our company. Then the interns can look back and say, ‘I made a difference.’”
Khot wasn’t the only team member that learned new skills this summer.
Li, a software engineer who has worked at Boeing for six years, served as Khot’s mentor and gained important technical lead experience. He provided guidance and research materials to Khot, while working on the project and furthering his own portfolio.
Both Khot and Li had the benefit of working with Boeing experts, Ayyagari and Richard Blair, an Associate Technical Fellow. The team submitted an invention disclosure earlier this month.
“It was pretty fun,” Li said. “I was an intern at Boeing in the past and it’s nice to now be part of the mentoring process.”
Ayyagari agrees, saying the teams’ success story is a perfect example of what makes Boeing a great place to learn and work.
“This is what was so great about the process,” Ayyagari said. “Our intern learned valuable new skills and helped solve a real-world problem, our junior engineer accumulated valuable experience that will benefit him as his career matures, and Boeing benefits from the hard work of the team and the positive experience our intern had during her stay.”
Khot went back to school knowing she made a difference at Boeing, and soon may have much more to show for it. The team’s invention disclosure is the first step in the patent process. Khot also was thrust into the field of machine learning, a topic she has yet to study in college.
“I feel like I am going back to school with a leg up compared to my other classmates,” she said.