STEM interns from around the nation arrive at WSMR

Jul 25th, 2014

Fourteen chosen out of 172 to study science, technology, engineering, mathematics

By Laura Almaraz

Missile Ranger Staff WriterWhite Sands Missile Range

Fourteen interns will be working on a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects at White Sands Missile Range this summer. The STEM interns were welcomed at an orientation meeting followed by a luncheon at the Frontier Club June 2.

The group was selected by TRAC out of 172 applicants. They will be working on seven projects, including moving target simulation and analysis, network operation, and cyber security exploitation.

“Your energy and talent plus effective
mentorship is all the program is about,” WSMR Commander Paul Mann said.

Mann told interns their experience this summer will give them insight to their ca­reer and their entire life. He said it is im­portant to learn how to work in teams, and the life skill they will learn will be just as important as their work experience.

Mike Garcia, chief of data support di­vision of range operations, announced each intern’s assigned project and assigned men­tors.

Most students said they are looking for­ward to the work experience and shaping their career direction.

Ryan Schwingle, a New Mexico Tech
graduate, will be working on network op­erations at Magdalena Ridge. He gradu­ated this year with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and minors in Optical Science and Engineering and Mathematics.

Schwingle will pursue a master’s degree and hopes this experience will help him de­velop his thesis statement.

“I am looking for a thesis in radiation or optics. I think this is the perfect place to do it and it was the perfect storm of cir­cumstances that led me here,” Schwingle said.

Jose Guillen, a student at the University of Texas-El Paso, will be working on auto­mated
seeker scoring.

“My goals are to grow professionally. This is my first technical work. I’m expect­ing the best from it,” Guillen said.

The interns are a diverse group from around the country joined by two UTEP staff members. UTEP, the University of New Mexico, Virginia State University, New Mexico Tech and New Mexico State University are among some of the schools represented.

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