Are you a young, enthused individual who wants to work with lasers, gain valuable research skills, have fun AND get paid while doing this? These were the proposals that caught my attention and motivated me to apply to the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) Young Scholars internship program. While I was uncertain whether I would be a good candidate for this opportunity I knew that I had a desire to learn and gain valuable research skills and this program offered exactly what I desired.
After submitting my application and anxiously waiting for a response, in December of 2013 the program coordinator contacted me and asked whether I was interested in participating in the program. I immediately agreed, because I knew that this was my chance to get involved in something exciting and meaningful. After exchanging a couple of email messages I was set up for an interview and told to prepare myself for an exciting opportunity.
Soon enough the big day arrived and before I could comprehend what was happening, I found myself knocking at the interviewer’s door. Continue reading
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Have you heard the phrase “being a T shaped engineer” before? I first encountered the term last summer during my internship with Raytheon, and was reminded of it this week during a conversation at Lockheed. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with and attend meetings with the five young engineers at this site that are in Lockheed Martin’s Engineering Leadership Development Program. The ELDP is a three year program that helps young engineers become strong leaders through training conferences, rotational assignments, and mentoring from leadership. At the June meeting with the ELDP group, the idea of being T shaped came up, and how valuable being T shaped is. I’ve never heard the term at the University of Arizona before, so I thought it would be worthwhile to discuss the idea. Continue reading
Greetings from the state of Washington! I am up here for my internship with Lockheed Martin. This location was originally a small business, Aculight, which Lockheed acquired in 2008, because of their groundbreaking work in high power fiber lasers. This site continues to make very high power fiber lasers, and I am fortunate enough to get to work here. While I’ve worked with lasers of several watts of power before, lasers that can burn holes into metal fit into a whole new category of dangerous, so a healthy respect and nervousness around the lasers here is almost essential to prevent accidents.
Myself at the Lockheed Site in Bothell, WA
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