This summer, Kennesaw State University’s Elisabeth Petit-Bois will be one of 40 students from around the world and one of two U.S. students to participate in the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme.

Petit-Bois, who is pursuing a software engineering degree in KSU’s College of Computing and Software Engineering, was selected from a pool of 1,660 students representing 19 countries. She will travel to CERN’s Geneve, Switzerland headquarters on June 15 to take part in the nine-week program, in which she will use state-of-the-art computer technology and study its use in high-energy physics.

The CERN openlab is a public-private partnership that works to develop cutting-edge information and computer technology solutions for scientific research.

In addition to research opportunities, students also attend a series of lectures given by information technology experts on advanced CERN-related topics and will take part in experiments and visit various CERN facilities, as well as other research laboratories and companies.

A graduate of Dacula High School in Gwinnett County, Petit-Bois is a member of computing honor society Upsilon Pi Epsilon and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). In November 2018, she won first place at the NSBE Fall Regional Conference for her poster presentation on “Genetic Algorithm-based Image and Segmentation using Markov Random Field Modeling,” besting presentations by students from Vanderbilt University, Auburn University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

She has conducted research in KSU’s Center for Machine Vision and Security Research (CMVSR) lab alongside faculty and has interned at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.J.

She intends to pursue graduate studies after receiving her degree in May 2020.


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