Graduate Student, Janice Duy, was selected as a Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship intern for the summer of 2012. The award, sponsored by the Department of Energy, gave 20 students from all over the country the opportunity to work at a DOE facility on different fossil fuel-related projects. Janice worked at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, PA, under the supervision of Paul R. Ohodnicki, Jr., PhD, and Michael Buric, PhD, in the Advanced Sensors Development Laboratory. This group focuses on the design and testing of optical sensors for the quantitative analysis of gas mixtures at high temperature corrosive environments. During her 10-week stay, Janice worked on modeling the responses of novel thin-film sensor materials and geometries to evaluate their suitability for this application. The results of this work were published in a conference proceedings paper for SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.