Let Summer Officially Begin!

We’re very pleased to welcome our 2019 summer interns to the ACT campus. Each year, ACTNext team members, in partnership with ACT Talent Strategy, pour over hundreds of applications for internships covering every aspect of our operations. We are consistently impressed with the skills and knowledge our interns bring to the table and this year is no exception. Our 2019 predoctoral interns are (drum roll):

Iris Bourgault Bouthillier, from the Université of Montréal

will be working with the Learning Solutions group conducting research on the data from the NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy, and Science assessments, under the supervision of Yigal Rosen. She is also working with Saad Khan and the AI/ML unit on video coding from collaborative problem solving and game-based assessments.

Feng Ji, from the University of California-Berkley,

is conducting foundational research and analysis with the Advanced Psychometrics group –

I am excited to learn more about network psychometrics and computational psychometrics in general and see how these techniques shape the landscape of psychometrics as a field.

David Menendez, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,

is working with the Learning Solutions group on how to improve engagement in low-stakes science assessments like the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).


Brandon Gorzela, a senior at the University of Iowa studying mechanical engineering,

is serving as our project management intern with ACTNext Strategy Implementation and Operations.

Brandon will provide project support for several research initiatives, including CPS-X and work on automated passage generation.

“I’m looking forward to working effectively on large scale research projects and gaining a better understanding of the Agile process. I’m also very excited to further develop my professional skills, as well as contribute to a team pushing the boundaries in education.”