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2006 Mainland Intern Profiles

Amine Bouchti
Darwin Fernandez
Justin Griggs
David Guerrero
Neil Mendoza
Nasim Naderseresht
Maria Rivera
Darrius Robinson
John Ruiz
Percy Vigo
Marilyn Zuniga

Amine Bouchti, Cabrillo Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Davis
Project: An Alternative Method of Extending Imaging Window of Fourier Domain – Optical Coherence Tomography Using Complex Conjugate Removal Techniques (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisor: John Werner
Supervisor:
Robert Zawadzki

Amine Bouchti is the youngest in his family. He was born in Morocco and immigrated to Santa Cruz when he was seventeen years old. He attended Cabrillo College and worked as a Math, Physics and Chemistry tutor. Amine will be transferring to UC Berkley in Spring 2007 and will work towards a degree in electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics. (Top)

Darwin Fernandez, Hartnell Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
Project: Co Adding Images of Distant Low-Luminosity Dwarf Galaxies (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisor: Raja GuhaThakurta
Supervisor:
Susan Kassin

Darwin Fernandez was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but raised in Salinas, California. He is currently finishing his 4th semester at Hartnell Community College. Darwin plans to transfer to a university in California to study electrical engineering and pursue a career in robotics. Darwin is actively involved in the Hartnell Chapter of the Society of Physics Students and works at the Hartnell College Math Lab as a mathematics tutor. (Top)

Justin Griggs, University of California, Santa Cruz
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
Project: Determining the Effects Dust has on Estimates of Ages of Model Galaxies (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisor: David Koo
Supervisor:
Jason Melbourne

Justin Griggs is a third year mathematics major at UCSC. He was born in Sacramento and is a first generation college student. At UCSC, he worked with classmates to form a study group to support math, science, and engineering majors. The group worked together to cover difficult subjects in math. After he graduates in June of 2007, Justin would like to attend graduate school and pursue research in mathematics with applications to science and engineering. (Top)

David Guerrero, Bakersfield Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Los Angeles
Project: Determining a Wavelength Calibration Procedure for the MOSFIRE Instrument (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisor: Ian Mclean
Supervisor:
Emily Rice

David Guerrero will be transferring from Bakersfield College to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall.  He will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree followed by a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on Aeronautics.  David is the president of the Engineers’ Club and a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Bakersfield College. During the past academic year he worked, jointly with faculty, on two research projects.  He presented his results for one of these projects at the meeting of the Southern California-Nevada Section of the Mathematics Association of America, and received a meritorious project award for his work. (Top)

Neil Mendoza, Williams College
CfAO Site for Internship: California Instutute of Technology
Project: Analyzing Telescope Subaperture Tilt Measurement Correlation (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisors: Richard Dekany & Matthew Britton

Neil Mendoza is a mathematics major at Williams College. He expects to graduate with a bachelor's degree in June 2007. Neil works as a teaching assistant and tutor for the math department. He has participated in biomedical and mathematics research and is excited to investigate applications of adaptive optics this summer. (Top)

Nasim Naderseresht, Skyline Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Berkeley
Project: Detecting Planetary Debris Disk Around Young Stars Using Adaptive Optics (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisor: James Graham
Supervisor:
Michael Fitzgerald

Born in Tehran, Iran, Nasim Naderseresht came to the United States in the fall of 2002 and entered community college in San Diego, CA.  She is currently enrolled at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA.  Nasim is a sophomore majoring in computer engineering. She plans to attend the University of California at Berkeley to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. After earning her Bachelor's she plans to attend graduate school. She is currently working as a math, physics, and programming tutor for the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Program at Skyline College. (Top)

Maria Rivera, Universidad del Turabo
CfAO Site for Internship: Lawrence Livermore National Labs
Project: Deposition Thickness Experiment Using a Vacuum Chamber (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisor: Scot Olivier
Supervisors:
Shannon Ayers & Victor Sperry

Maria Rosa Rivera Roque was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico.  She is currently a junior at the University of Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, majoring in industrial engineering. Maria is the Vice President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and she is also a member of the National Collegiate Honor Council and the Honor Program of Turabo University.  Her goal is to finish her bachelor’s degree and to continue graduate school in quality control. (Top)

Darrius Robinson, Norfolk State University
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
Project: Installation & Characterization of the Coronagraph Upgrade for the ExAO Testbed (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisors: Scott Severson & Daren Dillon

Darrius L. Robinson is currently attending Norfolk State University as a DNIMAS honor scholar and is pursuing his Bachelors of Optical Engineering and Mathematics. Darrius is a member of several organizations including the National Society of Black Engineers, Student Government Association, and the International Society for Optical Engineering. After completing his undergraduate studies, he plans to continue his education in pursuit of a doctorate degree. He is very ambitious and capitalizes on every opportunity that he is given. (Top)

John Ruiz, University of Texas at Austin
CfAO Site for Internship: Lawrence Livermore National Labs
Project: Characterization of a 2nd Generation Prototype Nanolaminate Deformable Mirror (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisor: Scot Olivier
Supervisor:
Alex Papavasiliou

John Ruiz is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin studying electrical engineering.  This is John’s second summer interning for the CfAO at Lawrence Livermore and he is excited to continue the research he performed last summer.  After earning his bachelor’s degree John is going to pursue a graduate degree in electrical engineering.  John is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES).  John also plays the guitar and the piano and hopes to put up a website with his songs by next fall. (Top)

Percy Vigo, Hartnell Community College
CfAO Site for Internship: University of California, Santa Cruz
Project: Characterization and Modification of Hexagonal and Rectangular Large Stroke Actuators for Adaptive Optics (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisor: Joel Kubby
Supervisor:
Bautista Fernandez

Percy Vigo was born and raised in Peru and immigrated to California with his family when he was 17 years old. He is currently attending Hartnell Community College in Salinas, California and will transfer to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall to study electrical engineering. Percy is an active member of the Hartnell Chapter of the Society of Physics Students and works at the Hartnell College Math Lab as a math tutor. (Top)

Marilyn Zuniga, DePaul University
CfAO Site for Internship:University of California, Berkeley
Project: Imaging of Intrinsic Signals in the Retina (Abstract, Presentation, Poster)
Advisor: Austin Roorda
Supervisor:
Kate Grieve

Marilyn Zuniga is a senior at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She is majoring in the biological sciences. Marilyn has received a number of academic awards at DePaul for being in the top percentile of her class. She's interested in conducting optical research in order to understand anomalies of the human eye and hopes to someday apply research techniques to enhance patients' visual acuities. She plans to continue her education either by earning a PhD or by becoming a Doctor of Optometry. (Top)

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