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2003 Mainland Intern Profiles

Oscar Azucena
Carlos Andrés Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
Donald Cox
Bautista Fernandez
Alex Gittens
Jennifer Holt
Diana Lozano
Erika Maida Leiva
Blanca Marinez
Hamadi McIntosh
Monica Piñon
Jaclyn Plandowski

Oscar Azucena, University of Houston
CfAO Site for Internship: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
Project: Coherent Communication, Imaging and Targeting: Phase Plate Characterization
CfAO Advisor: Scot Olivier

Oscar is a senior in college and will graduate next year from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He plans to continue his education and obtain a Master's degree in Engineering. He hopes to continue his education to the highest level possible. Oscar was born in El Salvador. His mother and father came to America in search for a better future, a better life. He came to America in 1992. He was the second person in his family to graduate from high school and the first one to attend college. (Top)

Carlos Andrés Cabrera, Canada College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Los Angeles
Project: Photometric Analysis: A More Efficient way to Calculate Galaxy Redshifts
CfAO Advisor: James Larkin

Carlos is a junior Computer Engineering student at Canada College. Since his childhood, he has been deeply interested in the mysteries of science. His biggest dream is to make use of his skills, intelligence and knowledge for the development and evolution of humankind. Carlos has a particular interest in astrophysics, computer programming and circuit analysis. His role model is Dr. James Larkin, because he has been able to build a beautiful family while succeeding on reaching his academic and professional goals. Carlos would like to obtain a B.S in Computer Engineering, a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and be part of an excellent research group. (Top)

Miguel Cabrera, California State University, Bakersfield
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
Project: Investigation of Potting Compounds for Hermetic Feedthrough Connector Applications
CfAO Advisors: David Cowley and Jerry Cabak

Miguel is a senior at CSU Bakersfield and is interested in optics. He is the oldest of his brothers and the first in his family with the opportunity to attend a university. His dreams and support from his parents has enabled him to reach his short-term goals. He would like to accomplish his long-term goals and replenish his parents for their hard work. (Top)

Donald Cox, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
CfAO Site for Internship: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Project: Simulated Adaptive Optics Correction of Phase Errors Caused by the Segmented Primary Mirror of Large Telescopes
CfAO Advisor: Mitchell Troy

Donald has one year left of undergraduate studies and has decided to further his education in electrical engineering by applying to a Ph.D. program. He enjoys the academic lifestyle and has found research that really interests him. Donald wants to research ways to increase clock speeds for analog to digital conversion circuits. In the process, he wants to use digital circuits to process communication signals that are in the giga hertz range. (Top)

Bautista Fernandez, University of California, Santa Cruz
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
Project: Development of a Precision Analog Isolation Amplifier Prototype Designed to Isolate Two Distinct Power Supplies
CfAO Advisors: David Cowley and Jerry Cabak



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Alex Gittens, University of Houston
CfAO Site for Internship: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
Project: Deriving Convergent Actuator Influences within an Unstable Resonator for Application to the Solid State Heat Capacity Laser (SSHCL) Project
CfAO Advisor: Scot Olivier

Alex is currently pursuing B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston. After attending graduate school he would like to work as an electrical engineer in the fields of electromagnetics or signal processing, or in some area of applied mathematics. Alex is originally from Barbados and enjoys computer typography, photography, martial arts, the philosophy and history of math, science fiction and writing. (Top)

Jennifer Holt, University of California, Santa Cruz
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
Project: Stellar Population Evolution in Early-type Galaxies
CfAO Advisor: Sandra Faber

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Diana Lozano, San Diego State University
CfAO Site for Internship: University of Rochester
Project: Aberrations Caused by Decentrations in Customized Laser Refractive Surgery
CfAO Advisor: David Williams

Diana recently completed her sophomore year at San Diego State University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. She plans to attend graduate school where she can obtain a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. The types of careers that interest her are the kind where she can continue to learn and where she can potentially contribute her knowledge to the advancement of technology. Diana comes from a very loving and hard working Mexican family of five. She lived in Mexico for the first ten years of her life and has been in the U.S. for ten years. Education is very important to her because it is the one way she can repay her parents for all of their support and hard work. (Top)

Erika Maida Leiva, Skyline College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of Houston
Project: What is the Size of the Isoplanatic Patch in the Human Eye?
CfAO Advisors: Austin Roorda

Erika is a sophomore at Skyline College who is majoring in computer engineering. She enjoys taking math course and would like to design, create new inventions and develop something in a more advanced or useful way. She plans to transfer to a four-year university and obtain a Master's degree and a Ph.D. She is interested in a career related to computers. Erika grew up in El Salvador. (Top)

Blanca Marinez, Cabrillo College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of Houston
Project: Retinal Imaging Protocols for Constructing High Resolution Mosaics of In Vivo Photoreceptor Cells
CfAO Advisors: Thomas Hebert

Blanca attends Cabrillo College. She wants to explore careers in science such as chemistry, biology and optometry. Blanca was born in Watsonville, California. She is the first one in her family to attend college. It pleases her to see that her first year in college has set a great example for her brother, her sister and everyone in her family that didn't think college was for them. (Top)

Hamadi McIntosh, University of California, Los Angeles
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Los Angeles
Project: Astrometric Accuracy of Adaptive Optics on the W. M. Keck 10-meter Telescope
CfAO Advisor: Andrea Ghez

Hamadi just completed his first-year at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently undeclared; however, he anticipates changing his major to Astrophysics at the beginning of the next school year. He came to this decision based on his interest in learning why different physical phenomena occur as they do (physics) and his desire to explore space. He is considering working for NASA or doing some type of research. Hamadi’s interest in science is a result of the intellectual curiosity and pleasure in applying oneself to challenging tasks, which his parents inspired in him. (Top)

Monica Piñon, Contra Costa Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: Indiana University
Project: Comparing Retinal Vasculature Using Adaptive Optics, Commercial Retinal Cameras and Entoptic Imaging
CfAO Advisor: Don Miller

Monica currently attends Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, California. This fall she will be transferring to the University of California, Berkeley. After two full years working as an optical assistant she became a nationally certified optician and contact lens technician. With her husbands support, her decision to attend optometry school and become a doctor of optometry ensures that she will have a long career doing what she loves. (Top)

Jaclyn Plandowski, University of California, Los Angeles
CfAO Site for Internship: University of Rochester
Project: Imaging Rod Photoreceptors
CfAO Advisor: David Williams

Jaclyn is currently a junior at UCLA studying electrical engineering. Upon completing her undergraduate work she plans to pursue a Master's degree in biomedical engineering and enter industry. Her main interest is in lasers and their biomedical applications. Jaclyn is very involved in sports, particularly track and field. (Top)

Last Modified: Sep 7, 2004 

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