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2002 Mainland Intern Profiles

Andrea Cares
Arturo Cisneros
Joel Gutierrez
Karin Hanzi
Kerry Highbarger
Flora Hogg-Gerena
Maribel Huerta
Jarrett Kodani
Spencer Krautkraemer
Sokvanny Ngoun
Rochelle Pouliot
Tracey Van Gundy
Yan Mei Wu
Amanda Young

Andrea Cares, Hartnell Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of Rochester
CfAO Advisor: David Williams

Andrea Cares attends Hartnell Community College in Salinas, California. Her goal is to transfer to MIT to study mathematics and would like to apply her math background to space exploration. Andrea is currently president and driving force behind the Hartnell Math Club. She is also a member of the Bio-Chem club and the Society of Physics Students. This summer Andrea interned at the University of Rochester where she worked on a project to determine why s cones are so rare in the retina. (Top)

Arturo Cisneros, Mission Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
CfAO Advisor: Scot Olivier

Arturo Cisneros attends San Jose City College in San Jose, California. He intends to pursue a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering while focusing on microelectronic fabrication and optics. In the summer of 2001, Arturo interned at UCSC. As a result of this internship he presented a poster at the SACNAS 2001 conference. His topic was "Absorption Studies of Vitamin A Aldahyde Maltiside. His poster presentation was awarded best Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Presentation.This summer, Arturo, interned at Lawrence Livermore Lab. The goal of his research was to characterize and test a High Resolution Adaptive Optics system. The system was designed and built at LLNL with collaboration with UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology, where the system is currently located. (Top)

Joel Gutierrez, Napa Valley Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of Rochester
CfAO Advisors: David Williams

Joel Gutierrez attends Napa Valley Community College in Napa, California. Joel is majoring in bioengineering. He is interested in becoming a doctor and specializing in neurosciences. This summer Joel interned at Rochester University where he worked on a project to determine if the brain compensates for blurred retinal images. (Top)

Karin Hanzi, Cabrillo Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
CfAO Advisor: Scot Olivier

Karin Hanzi attends Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, California. After Community college, Karin plans to transfer to a university to major in environmental engineering with a minor on urban planning. She is especially interested in alternative energy resources. Karen's eclectic interests include, but are not limited to, alternative energy resources, environmental engineering, transportation, urban planning, physics, general engineering, music (guitar-bossa, jazz, classical, rock), photography and sports. Her interest in engineering was peeked when she volunteered for the Willing Workers on Organic Farms in the UK, where she saw many interesting communities that used alternative technology systems. This summer, Karin interned at Lawrence Livermore Lab where she worked on a speckle imaging project, a project that is aimed at understanding and developing models for anisoplanatic traveling of light for various applications. (Top)

Kerry Highbarger, UC Davis
CfAO Site for Internship: Indiana University
CfAO Advisor: Don Miller

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Flora Hogg-Gerena, University of the Pacific
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Los Angeles
CfAO Advisors: James Larkin

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Maribel Huerta, UC Santa Cruz
CfAO Site for Internship: University of Houston
CfAO Advisor: Austin Roorda

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Jarrett Kodani, University of Hawaii at Hilo
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
CfAO Advisors: Sandra Faber

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Spencer Krautkraemer, Hartnell Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Los Angeles
CfAO Advisors: James Larkin

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Sokvanny Ngoun, University of the Pacific
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Berkeley
CfAO Advisor: Richard Muller

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Rochelle Pouliot, Maui Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
CfAO Advisor: David Cowley

Rochelle Pouliot attends Maui Community College and is majoring in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology. She will graduate from the ECET program after the spring 2003 semester. After completing her associate's degree, she will begin working towards a Computer Engineering degree at a California university. Her plans are to return to Hawaii after achieving her master's degree to work in a technology related field. This fall will be her first year as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She looks forward to serving her community through various charitable activities focusing on health and more specifically, cancer. Rochelle will also be assisting the Electronics instructor this fall on integrating CfAO related technology into MCC courses and programs. Her efforts will help to develop stronger partnerships between the CfAO and Hawaii. This summer she did research for the UCO Lick Engineering Shops on ways to improve local seeing at the Shane 120" telescope on Mt. Hamilton. (Top)

Tracey Van Gundy,Cabrillo Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
CfAO Advisor: David Cowley

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Yan Mei Wu, University of California, Davis
CfAO Site for Internship: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
CfAO Advisor: Scot Olivier

Yan Mei Wu, is a fifth year student at UC Davis in Davis, California. Her major is in Electrical Engineering. She does not have a specialization in her major yet, but she thinks she would like the communications and signal-processing field. Mei would like to continue on to graduate school. This summer she interned at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Her project was involved in the characterization of the CCD camera so that it can be used as a wave-front sensor for the Communication, Coherent, Imaging and Targeting (CCIT) program. (Top)

Amanda Young, University of California, Santa Cruz
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Los Angeles
CfAO Advisor: Andrea Ghez

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