Psychological Research at Consortium of Univ. of Washington Metro Area, Summer 2011

Patrick Clark,
majoring in Psychology,
graduate student, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base via Consortium of Univ. of Washington Metro Area.

Responsibilities during co-op:

Analyzed previously collected data in search of unique and interesting relationships. Wrote beginnings of research report on some findings.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

Being able to work with a real dataset and applying the knowledge I have gained from many prior statistics courses. Also, having the freedom to be creative and analyze data in different ways from what I am used to.

Wet Chemistry at SOCHE, Summer 2011

Jennifer Lippold,
majoring in Chemistry,
senior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Wright Patterson AFB via SOCHE.

Responsibilities during co-op:

Through the use of wet chemistry I synthesized Fe3O4 and COF Fe2O4 nanoparticles. Conducted size analysis of particles and characterization techniques including x-ray diffraction and transmission election microscopy.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial aspect has been gaining knowledge of equipment use and techniques of synthesis. I've gotten great experience on the XRD and TEM and been exposed to the microwave, mini-reactor, SEM, and other pieces of equipment.

Mathematics and Software Development at SOCHE, Summer 2010

Matt Fisher,
majoring in Mathematics with a computing concentration,
senior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Air Force Institute of Technology via SOCHE.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I developed software for simulating a mobile wireless network environment.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

Getting to apply my skills in a real world environment and see a long term project come to fruition.

Chemistry and Microwave Assisted Inorganic Reactions at SOCHE, Summer 2010

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Cory Flyn,
majoring in Chemistry,
senior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base via SOCHE.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I was responsible for the wet-chemistry synthesis of Fe3O4 and samarium doped SMxFe3-xO4 nanoparticles via a thermal decomposition reaction. Closer to the end of the summer, I began transitioning over exclusively to microwave assisted inorganic reactions to produce High-Aspect Ratio Nanaoparticles, HARNPs, from a Mother Salt solution of Iron and Yttrium Nitrate solutions.

Along with my synthesis, I was directly responsible for their characterization by using X-Ray Diffraction on a Rigaku D-Max B and a Rigaku 2500. for optical characterization of size and shape morphology, I used a Phillips LaB6 CM200 HRTEM and a FEI Quanta II SEM. Other characterization was done by Selective Area Election Diffraction, SAED, and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, EDS.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial aspect of the co-op program for me was getting hands on experience in a laboratory that I can learn in. I will be able to take my experience and new techniques to other labs in both graduate school and in the future.

Chemistry Research at SOCHE, Summer 2010

Angela Griner,
majoring in Chemistry,
senior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base via SOCHE.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I synthesized magnetic nanoparticles by co-decomposition and solvothermal techniques. I characterized these nanoparticles with transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. I also attended regular group meetings and worked with other group members to accomplish short term goals of the project.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial part of the co-op program was gaining real-life work experience in my field of study. By experience how research is actually handled, I got a little insight on what my future might actually hold. I also found benefit in learning about the topic of magnetic nanoparticles and the different synthetic and characterization techniques.

Chemistry Lab at SOCHE, Summer 2010

Veronica Hart,
majoring in Chemistry,
senior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base via SOCHE.

Responsibilities during co-op:

Cut and load samples, grow buffer layers, grow InAs layers

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

I gained essential lab experience through my co-op. In order for a résumé to be looked at it seems as though people must have laboratory experience. I enjoy working with professionals and being able to gain knowledge from them every day.

Mathematical and Statistical Analysis at SOCHE, Winter 2010

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Lindsay Weidenhammer,
majoring in Mathematics,
senior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Air Force Institute of Technology via SOCHE.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I work with technical leaders in engineering, physics, and mathematics on collaborative projects such as testing the capabilities of Over-the-Horizon Radar. For this project I contributed mathematical logic and conducted statistical analysis, as well as writing and submitting four proposals in order to obtain the necessary equipment for my team to conduct necessary experiments. I also got to co-author a technical paper and brief leading scientists and engineers on the work of the team.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

This opportunity has prepared me for a professional career in any technical field. Working at AFIT has been more than just a day job. I have grown professionally and technically in ways that cannot be given a market value. Being able to meet chief scientists, collaborate with technical experts, and learn new concepts everday has been an experience I appreicate greatly.