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2007 Hawaii Island Observatory Akamai Intern Profiles

Dex Alpiche
Jamie Cookson
Isaac Crosson
Eric Dela Rosa
Joseph Hernandez
Dustyn Iwamoto
James Linden
Jaqueline Mena
Travis Prose
Jessica Solano
Sarah Stoebner

Dex Alpiche, Hawai'i Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: Smithsonian Submillimeter Array (SMA)
Project: Acoustic Noise Canceling System (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor:
Derek Kubo
Advisor: John Maute

Dex Alpiche was born and raised on the island of Hawaii where he grew up near the town of Paauilo.  He is a drummer who enjoys volleyball, baseball, surfing, swimming, ATV and dirt bike trail riding.  In 2005, Dex graduated with an A.S. degree in Electronics Technology from Hawaii Community College.  He is currently pursuing a degree in the Electricity Program at H.C.C. and expects to graduate in 2008.  Dex also works for Subaru Telescope National Astronomical Observatory of Japan as a student of the electronics technician group. (Top)

Jamie Cookson, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Project: Housing Construction for ASHRA Detectors (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentors: 
Yoichi Asaoka and John Hamilton

Jamie Cookson is a student who has been on an educational journey for the past few years at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  She is currently a senior who will be graduating at the end of this year with a B.A. in Physics.  It is her goal that the knowledge and experience gained from this enthralling journey will have a positive impact on the future journeys in which her son will ultimately partake. (Top)

Isaac Crosson, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: W.M. Keck Observatory
Project: The Effect of Wind-Shake on the Control of Large Telescopes (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor:
Chris Neyman

Isaac Crosson was born in Hilo and graduated from Hilo High School.  He is currently a senior at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, majoring in physics, mathematics, and philosophy.  His interests include science, digital technology, writing and music. After graduating from UHH he plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in physics. (Top)

Eric Dela Rosa, Hawai’i Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)
Project: Automating Astronomical Instrument Setup (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor:
Gregory Barrick
Advisor: Sarah Gajadhar

Eric Dela Rosa is currently enrolled in the Information Technology program at Hawaii Community College. He was born and raised in the small town of Honokaa on the Big Island. Eric never thought he would have been interested in a career in Information Technology until a friend opened his eyes to the world of computers and technology. Ever since then, Eric had a strong feel for anything that deals with technology, especially when it deals with computers. After obtaining his degree in Information Technology, he plans to pursue a B.S. degree in Computer Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Eric loves to stay active, so to get his adrenaline pumping he enjoys body boarding, swimming, riding his ATV, and weight lifting. (Top)

Joseph Hernandez, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
CfAO Site for Internship: W.M. Keck Observatory
Project: Measuring Dome Seeing with a Displaced-Beam Small Aperture Scintillometer (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor: Craig Nance

Joseph Hernandez is a Electrical Engineering student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and will be graduating in the fall. His current interest lies in wireless communication, control, and sustainability. Joseph has plans for graduate school but will pursue employment after graduation. He is also a certified scuba instructor with PADI and an emergency first response instructor. Joseph enjoys many activities apart from school including scuba diving, taekwondo, hiking, working out and fishing. Joseph was born and lived most of his life on Guam and plans to someday return and run a business providing sustainable alternative energy solutions to Guam. He is the first in his family to pursue engineering. (Top)

Dustyn Iwamoto, Honolulu Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Project: Designing a Portable Data Acquisition Unit:
Increasing Efficiency and Maximizing Productivity by Use of Standards (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor: Lucio Ramos
Collaborator: Jennifer Takaki

Born and raised in the town of Honokaa on the Big Island, Dustyn's passions include hunting, fishing, and diving.  He currently attends Honolulu Community College on Oahu and plans to transfer to Hawaii Pacific University in the spring, where he will eventually pursue a Master's Degree in Computer Science. (Top)

James Linden, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
CfAO Site for Internship: Gemini North Observatory
Project: Computer Modeling of the Helium Closed-Cycle Cooling System in the Gemini Observatory (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor: Chas Cavedoni
Advisor: Mike Sheehan

A graduate of Waiakea High School, James Linden is currently a sophomore at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he is studying mechanical engineering. His interest in astronomy began in elementary school with his involvement in Future Flight Hawaii. In his free time James enjoys running, hiking, swimming, and surfing. For the 2007-2008 school year James will be participating in the National Student Exchange studying at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. (Top)

Aurora Jaqueline Mena,University of Hawai'i at Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: W.M. Keck Observatory
Project: W.M. Keck Observatory Laser Dye Performance (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor:
Kenny Grace
Advisor: Jason Chin

Jaqueline is a first-generation college student who was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. During high school she became a part of the Upward Bound program at ASU where she was encouraged to apply to colleges that suited her major. Jaqueline is now finishing her second semester at the University of Hawaii at Hilo as a a declared astronomy major. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to further her education in graduate school. (Top)

Travis Prose, University of Hawai’i at Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: Gemini North Observatory
Project: Development of the GHSD (Gemini Health Status Display) for Gemini Observing Assistants and Astronomers (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor: Angelic Ebbers

Travis Prose was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii in the shadow of Mauna Kea.  He is currently a Junior at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, double majoring in computer science and astronomy. He enjoys computer programming and feels that a background in astronomy will give him a sound footing for computer technologies needed for astronomers.  Interning for the CfAO is a valuable "real life" experience which will add tremendously to his expanding knowledge base. (Top)

Jessica Solano, University of Puget Sound
CfAO Site for Internship: University of Hawai’i at Hilo
Project: LabVIEW Control Software for the UH-Hilo 0.9m Telescope (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor: John Hamilton
Advisor: Bill Heacox

Jessica Solano was born and raised on the island of Oahu where she graduated from Mililani High School in 2005.  She is currently a sophomore at University of Puget Sound, where she is pursuing a major in mathematics and a minor in science, technology, and society.  At school, she loves to get involved with various activities on campus, where she is a member of Alpha Phi, an officer of the Hui O Hawaii club, and a dancer of University of Puget Sound’s Repertory Dance Group. (Top)

Sarah Stoebner, University of Hawai’i at Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: Smithsonian Submillimeter Array (SMA)
Project: Effects of Temperature Variation on the Telescope Pointing at the Submillimeter Array (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Mentor:
Billie Chitwood

Sarah was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she always had the dream of becoming an astronaut. She is currently working on her Astronomy degree and is a Math tutor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She will graduate next spring. After graduation she plans to work in the Astronomy field and finish her Math and Psychology degrees. Sarah is very excited to be interning with the CfAO. (Top)

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