Abby's Internship at FaunaPhotonics

Biking and Biological Engineering in Copenhagen, Denmark

Over the summer, Abby worked on the aquaculture team at biodiversity startup FaunaPhotonics in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her project was to design a laser to detect salmon lice larvae before they could affect salmon crops. Her roles were to optimize the event extraction algorithm and run experiments with the laser sensing zoo plankton as they swim through the beam. 

"I really enjoyed working on a project related to sustainability and engaging in a work culture where everyone seemed to be similarly motivated to achieve good in the world. I also liked having the opportunity to strengthen my coding and other quantitative reasoning skills."

Abby also enjoyed the culture of Denmark. The work-life balance stood out, as well as the ubiquity of biking as a mode of transportation.

"I was surprised by how much time people spend outside or biking or just enjoying the sunshine during the summer months. The summer vibes are very strong in Denmark, and the sun is out until 10:30pm every night."