Nathan Tehrani

Departure Date:
Jun. 22 2014
Return Date:
Aug. 15 2014
Local Institution:
West Virginia University
Local Advisor:
Maura McLaughlin
Foreign Institution:
Swinburne University
Foreign Advisor:
Evan Keane
Student Status:
  • Q. What country were you staying in?
    • Australia
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at?
    • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Q. How long were you there?
    • weeks
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing?
  • Finding fast radio bursts!
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? worked on Parkes Radio Telescope data, which I could have done from anywhere, but it was cool to work with the team that actually does Australian radio astronomy. The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing was actually very multicultural.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? Noticing all the little details that are so different from the States.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? “No worries, mate!”
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? Being away from friends.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? Played soccer with the other students and explored Melbourne.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? drove a car on the left side of the road!
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Australian animals! They have whole trees full of parrots!
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? Explore all that you can!
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? The most obvious was Python programming. I also learned a lot about how neural nets work and how to implement them.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? wish I would have learned the programming language beforehand, but I was still able to learn enough to do my project!