Spotlight: MOLSAMP Summer Research Intern, Trevontae’ Haughton

Learn more about Trevontae’ Haughton and his research project.

Recently, this summer, the Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MOLSAMP) held research presentations for their interns. We are proud to feature some of these outstanding student interns!

MOLSAMP is a program specifically for students at Missouri LSAMP schools (University of Missouri – Columbia, Harris-Stowe State University, Lincoln University, Missouri State University, St. Louis Community College, Truman State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri – St. Louis, and Washington University in St. Louis). Undergraduates from Alliance Schools selected for this program will live on campus in Columbia and conduct research for 9 weeks.

This is a full-time program. The MU Office of Undergraduate Research processes the student applications and makes selections and research placements in collaboration with MU science faculty. This is a great program for students who are interested in careers focusing on scientific research. Learn more by visiting the Undergraduate Research page.

Meet Trevontae’ Haughton!

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Trevontae’ Haughton. I am a rising Junior. I am majoring in Information Technology. I am from St. Louis, Missouri. I attend the University of Missouri-Columbia. I am working under Dr. Dale Musser and PHD candidate Kristofferson Culmer who are both in the College of Engineering’s Information Technology Department.

Share some information about your research project.

I spent my summer researching Boston Dynamics’ Spot. Spot is a four-legged dog-like robot who’s capable of being applied in many different industries like the Entertainment Industry, the Construction Industry and much more. My research involved creating guides, manuals, checklists, and videos on how to operate Spot. 

What was your favorite part of the program?

My favorite part of the program was traveling to Ameren’s Callaway Nuclear Power Plant to pick up three more Spots and unbox them. It is already rare to have one Spot but now we have four, which is 1% of all the Spots in the world.

Any additional thoughts?

I’d like to thank everyone I work in the lab with. Those guys have pushed me to be better and they are working on some crazy projects that I’d like them to be recognized for: Cj Harris and Stephen Bowen are working on developing an app for Spot. Jermey Breese and Zach Snyder are working on teaching Spot how to detect and follow humans and have it respond to voice commands.And many more.