Martin Houde wrote an article on the CSO and the astronomical significance of its research on Giant Molecular Clouds for the May 4, 2001 edition of the Hilo Tribune Herald.
Material being added to the history of radio astronomy
June 8Summer 2003 Summer intern was Kimo Unten, a student at the University of Texas
at Austin, in the Civil Engineering program. Kimo designed the automated 3rd mirror
cell mover system which is currently in use. Kimo graduated from UT in 2004 and
temporarily worked as a Health Physicist for the Nuclear Engineering Teaching
Laboratory at UT until he found a position as a Civil Engineer with a firm in Honolulu.
Every summer CSO provides opportunities for work experience to undergraduate students.
During the summer of 2004 two students were employed:
Riley Ceria, whose home is here in Hilo, will be a senior electrical
engineering student this fall at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is specializing
in Electro-physics and has already had considerable experience in designing and
constructing robots. Riley has found that a lot of what goes on in an observatory is
related to engineering. His skills in electronics and computers have been put to work
in updating many engineering drawings from paper to digital format. He has also designed
and constructed an electronic device for providing a digital output for an anemometer
which is located at the summit observatory. Riley says he has enjoyed working here a lot
and now has a better idea of career opportunities.
June - September 2005: Summer Internships. This summer our intern is Sarah Landstreet of Ontario, Canada. Sarah will be a senior this fall at McGill University in Montreal, majoring in mechanical engineering. Her assignment this summer is to develop a computer design of the telescope, and to design a new support system for the observatory crane.
The teaching of robotics at the High School level has become quite popular thoughout the country as a means to stimulate interest in science and engineering. CSO electronics engineer Riley Ceria, who himself leaarned about robotics at Waiakea High School, has been volunteering his time teaching robotics at Waiakea High School during 2006-7. The school organized a team to compete in national events and this year (2007) placed very high in the competition. A photo of the team and its robot is shown here: