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2003 Akamai Intern Profiles

Richard Cariens, Jr.
Nancy Daters
Mark Elies
Thomas Emmsley
James “B.J.” Hoopii, Jr.
Kawailehua Kuluhiwa
Jennifer Milliet
Reginaldo “Regi” Morales
Charles Oliveira
Jennifer Tom
Ivan Won

Richard Cariens, Jr.,Boeing
Maui Community College

Richard is a junior at Maui Community College and is interested in Space research. He is intrigued by the possibility of the design and colonization of space. Richard grew up in the Midwest, Philippines and Japan. For the last four years he has lived on Maui and worked to save money to go back to school. He has a seven year old son. (Top)
Nancy Daters, Boeing
University of Hawaii at Hilo and Maui Community College

Nancy is a junior in college and is interested in applying her knowledge of computer science to physics. She enjoys being challenged in creating applications of programming to fit the needs of a project. After many years working as a secretary for a construction firm she returned to school to pursue a different career. She has two children. (Top)
Mark Elies, Maui High Performance Computing Center
Maui Community College

Mark is a sophomore at Maui Community College and is interested in all aspects of computers including electronic engineering, computer engineering, programming and software (graphics and layout). He would like a career as an engineer or graphic artist. Mark has been working as a graphic designer for 5 years to fund his education. (Top)
Thomas Emmsley III, Boeing
Maui Community College

Thomas will be graduating from Maui Community College with two Associate of Science degrees from the Electronic and Computer Engineering Program. He will be the first in his family to graduate from college with any type of degree. He would like to be part of the technical workforce in Hawaii; working with electronics, adaptive optics or remote sensing in either private or government sectors. He is presently changing careers from the construction industry to a technical field. Thomas is married and has a 3 year old daughter. (Top)

James “B.J.” Hoopii Jr., Institute for Astronomy
Maui Community College

B.J. is currently pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree at Maui Community College. His major is Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology. In the future he plans to get a Master’s degree in Computer Science. He has have chosen computers as his career goal because he has had a knack for fixing electronics since he was 9 years old. BJ is of Hawaiian decent. (Top)

Kawailehua Kuluhiwa, Keck
Maui Community College

Kawailehua Kuluhiwa was born and raised in Kihei, Maui.  She graduated from Maui Community College in the Spring of 2003 with an A.A. degree and transferred to University of Hawaii at Hilo. She completed her internship with the Akamai program in the summer of 2003 at W.M. Keck Observatory. Currently, she is completing her B.S. degree in astronomy at the UH Hilo. Recently Kawai traveled to UC Santa Cruz for the CfAO’s Saturday Open Lab so she could learn more about graduate school opportunities.  She hopes to someday return home to establish employment on the observatories of Maui or Hawaii and to work closely with other astronomers. (Top)

Jennifer Milliet, Akimeka
Maui Community College and the University of Hawaii at Hilo

Jennifer is attending Maui Community College and is also a distance learning student through the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She is majoring in Computer Science. Jennifer is interested in a career in game software development but is open to other possibilities. She enjoys hiking and going to beach. Jennifer is married and has a daughter. (Top)

Reginaldo “Regi” Morales, Trex
Maui Community College

Regi will graduate this summer with an Associate of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology and a second degree in Electronic Engineering. He is the first person in his family to go to college. Regi is interested in physics and computer science and would like to become a computer engineer in Maui or Ohau. He would like to work in a field that specializes in troubleshooting high-end computers. While he was growing up he was interested in diving, fishing, math and science. (Top)

Charles Oliveira, Boeing
Maui Community College

Charles will be graduating from Maui Community College in December of 2003 with an Associate of Science degree. His major is Electrical Engineering. Electonics has always amazed Charles. After graduating he plans to get a job in Maui as an electonic technician. Charles has lived in Maui his entire life and enjoys fishing, camping, drag racing, fixing cars and building models. (Top)

Jennifer Tom, Maui High Performance Computing Center

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Washington State University. She is currently fulfilling requirements to enter the Master of Science in Information and Computer Science program at Univeristy of Hawaii at Manoa. She is interested in using computer science in research applications. Specifically, she is looking to write programs that either run or simulate actual scientific experiments. Jennifer lives on the island of Maui and is married. (Top)

Ivan Won, Boeing
Maui Community College

Ivan will receive an Associate of Science degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology from Maui Community College. He would like to work in either the electronic or computer field. Ivan was born and raised on the island of Oahu and moved to Maui in 1996. (Top)

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