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2001 Mainland Intern Profiles

Tammy Floyd
Carmen Kunz
Miguel Lizaola

Tammy Floyd, Cabrillo Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz

Tammy Floyd is a first year student at Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, California, pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. She is returning to school after a successful career in industry where she was trained on the job in the computer industry. Tammy married at an early age and did not have the opportunity to attend college directly after completing high school. A recent lecture at UCSC on renewable energy resources influenced Tammy's decision on pursue a degree in environmental engineering. Her first class at Cabrillo College last spring sparked an interest in astronomy, which led her to apply for our internship program at the UCO/Lick. Engineering Shops. Currently, Tammy is working on the flexure in grating system of DEIMOS (Deep Imaging Multi-Object Spectrograph), which will be mounted on the Keck II telescope in Hawaii. (Top)

Carmen Kunz, Cabrillo Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz

Carmen Kunz attends Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, California. After Community college, Carmen plans to transfer to a Bachelors program and then a Masters program in electrical engineering with an emphasis in optics. Keeping up her 3.8 grade point average, Carmen holds leadership roles both in academia and in her community and she is fluent in Spanish. She is a dedicated athlete and recently finished up her 12-year soccer career on the Cabrillo College Women's Soccer Team. She is the president of the Cabrillo College Engineering Society and enjoys being a presentation leader for their outreach program. In addition, she is the lead physics tutor at Cabrillo and tutors math and chemistry to high school students. Just this year Carmen received the Engineering Department Award from Cabrillo College as well as the Anna Gardella Memorial Scholarship Award. She has a broad span of interests, which include electronics, photonics, optoelectronics, human color detection, harnessing light as reliable energy, and lens/mirror manipulation for space exploration. This summer, she is working on the testing program for a special spectrograph, called DEIMOS (DeepExtragalactic Multi-Object Spectrograph). (Top)

Miguel Lizaola, Hartnell Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz

Miguel Lizaola will start his second year at Hartnell Community College this fall. He is pursuing a career in mathematics. Miguel came to the United States from Jalisco, Mexico in 1995 and attended high school in Salinas, California. He plans to transfer to a four year university in 2002 and once he has received his bachelors degree in mathematics, he would like to go on to graduate school. Miguel is a member of the MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Acheivement) program at Hartnell College and enjoys playing soccer for the Salinas City League. He looks forward to tutoring math and physics at his at Hartnell next year. This summer, Miguel is working with Robert Cook and Eric Steinbring in the development of a manual for an AO telescope system here at the Center for Adaptive Optics. (Top)

 

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