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2005 Akamai Hawaii Island Observatory Intern Profiles

Vinya Agluba
Michael Cooney
Michelle Darrah
Denny Dement
Justin DiPaola-Allen
Robert Knight
Paul Linden
David Luis
Mark Nishimura
Blake Stene
Pearl Yamaguchi

Vinya Agluba, University of Hawaii, Manoa
CfAO Site for Internship: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, SubMillimeter Array (SMA)
Project: Mirror Alignment Using Dual Beam Laser (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Supervisor:
Rob Christensen

Vinya Agluba was born and raised in Philippines, then immigrated to Hawaii with her family in 2003. She is now a senior student in University of Hawai’i at Manoa pursuing a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. She is interested in electronics, and solid state devices. Just recently, she took an antennas course and enjoyed it too. She likes to explore and learn new things. (Top)

Michael Cooney, University of Hawaii, Manoa
CfAO Site for Internship: W.M. Keck Observatory
Project: Vacuum System Vibration Analysis on the Keck Telescopes (Abstract, Presentation)
Supervisor:
Jason Chin

Michael Cooney is currently a senior in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii - Manoa. He is from Kona on the Big Island. His research interests include development of electronics for scientific and end-user use. He works in the Instrument Development Labratory within the Physics department at UH-Manoa doing just that. His current projects involve high energy neutrino detection and a portable audio player. He intends to persue a masters in EE from UH-Manoa in January. (Top)

Michelle Darrah, University of Hawaii, Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, SubMillimeter Array (SMA)
Project: Quasar Calibrations at Submillimeter Wavelengths (Abstract, Presentation)
Supervisor:
Alison Peck

Michelle Darrah is a native to Panama City, Florida where she started her schooling at Rollins College. She spent a semester at the Biosphere 2 in Arizona courtesy of Columbia University to study astrophysics in a hands-on environment. Afterwards she returned to Rollins for an interim semester until she could find a school more suited to her studies, which is how she came to be a student of UH Hilo. Now at the base of Mauna Kea she is pursuing her undergraduate degree in astronomy/physics and plans to graduate in May of 2006. (Top)

Denny Dement, University of Hawaii, Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: Gemini Observatory
Project: New Pre-Alignment Camera (Abstract, Presentation)
Supervisor:
Céline d'Orgeville

Denny Kaniela Dement is a junior at the University of Hawaii at Hilo majoring in Astronomy. He enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and any water sports, especially surfing. His interest in Astronomy comes from the spirit of discovery, unveiling the secrets of the Universe for the benefit of all. (Top)

Justin DiPaola-Allen, University of Hawaii, Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: Gemini Observatory
Project: Mid-Infrared Spectra of Comet Tempel 1 Following Deep Impact (Abstract, Presentation)
Supervisors:
Scott Fisher & Chad Trujillo

Justin DiPaola-Allen was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended school in the Shawnee Mission School District where he lettered all four years in academics. His interest and ability in math enabled him to take pre-algebra in the sixth grade. He attend Harvard University between his junior and senior year of high school where he developed an interest in astronomy. He was captain of the USFIRST robotics team in high school. He is currently pursuing both interests in math and astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. His plans for the future include attending graduate school for mathematical physics. (Top)

Robert Z Knight, University of Hawaii, Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: W.M. Keck Observatory
Project: A Graphical User Interface for NIRC2 Asteroid Data Reduction (Abstract, Presentation)
Supervisor:
Al Conrad

Robert Knight is currently studying astrophysics at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, and plans to go on to graduate school in cosmology, and to discover the unknown mysteries of the universe. He also enjoys appearing frequently in dramatic or humorous theatrical productions. (Top)

Paul Linden, University of Hawaii, Manoa
CfAO Site for Internship: Institute for Astronomy
Project: Replicating Existing Adaptive Optics Control Electronics for NASA IRTF (Abstract, Presentation)
Supervisor:
Mark Chun

Paul Linden is currently a senior in the Electrical Engineering program at UH Manoa. He is from Hilo and lovse to hike, dive, and camp on the Big Island. Paul works in the machine shop at the Institute for Astronomy. This has given him a lot of practical hands-on training in a professional environment. He plans to continue on to graduate school and most likely in biomedical engineering. Paul's senior design project has to do with hear auscultation, or listing to the heart with electronic instruments. This field interests him greatly and he may pursue it at the graduate level. (Top)

David Luis, University of Hawaii, Manoa
CfAO Site for Internship: W.M. Keck Observatory
Project: Keck Surveillance Web-Camera (Abstract, Presentation)
Supervisor:
Craig Nance

David Luis was born in Hilo and grew up in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is currently at the University of Hawaii at Manoa working towards receiving his Bachelors of Science in electrical engineering next spring. David enjoys running around the university track, finding applications for things learned, and exploring through questioning. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in an industry related to space exploration and technology. (Top)

Mark Nishimura, California Lutheran University
CfAO Site for Internship: Subaru Telescope
Project: Temporal Error Minimization in Adaptive Optics Control Loop (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Principle Investigator:
Hideki Takami
Research Supervisor:
Olivier Guyon

Mark Nishimura was born in Hilo, and graduated from Hilo High School in 2002. He is currently attending California Lutheran University and is majoring in mathematics, with a minor in physics. Mark also plays baseball for CLU. He hopes that this internship will help him decide his future career path. (Top)

Blake Stene, Hawaii Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: W.M. Keck Observatory
Project: Keck’s Portable UHF Radio Repair and Maintenance (Abstract, Presentation)
Supervisor:
Jason Chin

Blake Stene was born in Kealakekua on the Big Island. In high school he became very interested in electronics and obtained his amateur radio license. Shortly after getting his amateur radio license he volunteered at the Kona Community Hospital as a radio operator to help provide communication in emergencies. After high school, Blake began working at the Kona International Airport as a porter and attending Hawaii Community College. He is looking forward to working in the electronics field and getting some hands on experience at his internship site this summer. (Top)

Pearl Yamaguchi, University of Hawaii, Manoa
CfAO Site for Internship: Subaru Telescope
Project: Adaptive Optics Deformable Mirror Electronics Simulation (Abstract, Presentation)
Supervisor:
Stephen Colley

Pearl Yamaguchi is a Senior in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was born and raised in Honolulu but has lived on the mainland for a number of years also. She has a BA in English and Art and enjoys hiking and traveling. (Top)

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