2023 Summer Intern Report: Alina Jafri


University of Virginia, Class of 2023

Assembly of Hydrophone Tanks

Project Overview 
My project was to complete the assembly of four hydrophone tanks, which allow researchers to measure pressure values and localizations of ultrasound waves and make optimizations to the tank as needed. 

Project Outcomes  
We successfully assembled four fully functional hydrophone tanks. 

Why were you initially interested in working with the Foundation? 
David Moore explained the translational impact of focused ultrasound in medicine and research; from then on, I wanted to learn more about focused ultrasound and aid the company the best I could. 

Describe your experience as an intern. 
Being an intern at the Foundation has been amazing. Not only have I met and been able to spend my summer with the wonderful staff here, but I’ve also been able to learn and grow in my academic and engineering knowledge and skillsets. 

What was the most important learning point of your internship experience? 
The day that Jeff Aubry, PhD, Matt Eames, PhD, and Deyan were all working together in the lab to identify the correct frequency value to make a lesion using the hydrophone tank and ultrasound transducers made an impact on me. It was interesting to see that even as you progress in your career, a researcher will always be a researcher. 

How will your accomplishments impact the field of focused ultrasound? 
The hydrophone tanks are for researchers and medical professionals to measure pressure values at specific locations and adjust the measurements and locality as needed. Obtaining these values are crucial for supporting research and preventing injuries to patients.