Alumni Outlook Magazine




Jarrod Feight, a freshman majoring in applied science, returned to campus this fall with a prestigious internship under his belt.

Feight participated in a 2007 summer undergraduate research fellowship with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.—an unusual accomplishment for a student so early in his college experience. The institute’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. Only 100 of 400 to 500 applicants nationwide are accepted into the research program—and very few are freshmen. Feight worked with students from University of California-Berkeley, Notre Dame, University of Maryland, Harvard and Georgia Tech, to name a few. Under the supervision of NIST researchers, Feight worked in the nanoscale metrology section of the manufacturing engineering laboratory. He worked mostly with a scanning electron microscope to help develop techniques to obtain accurate three-dimensional measurements in the 100nm to 1km range.

Now back on campus, Feight is continuing his scanning electron microscope research with Forrest Schultz, professor of chemistry, and sharing what he’s learned with other students.