Since graduation in May, computer science alum Katherine Salesin has been spending her summer exploring Europe from the deck of a tall ship research vessel as part of SEA Semester run by Sea Education Association of Woods Hole, MA.
Each summer 15 students are chosen to live, work and study on the SSV Corwith Cramer, a 134-foot brigantine operating in the Atlantic Ocean. The students set sail from Ireland and visit ports in France, Portugal and Spain. "This is a great program and focuses on the relationship of European port cities to fishing and ocean exploration," says Katherine.
As part of her SEA coursework, Katherine was able to use her Cornell computer skills to develop a sustainable sushi guide app that will allow users to translate fish names on a menu from Japanese to English and also provide information about the fish and its environmental sustainability. She is also continuing work on the mobile game Inari, which she and her team developed for the Advanced Game Design Showcase at Cornell. The design team will be introducing the game at some gaming festivals this fall, including Boston FIG and IndieCade.