Research summer students arrive, tour facilities

July 30, 2013

Story Highlights

  • The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently welcomed approximately 100 summer students to the organization with tours of the Adelphi Laboratory Center and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
  • The two-day tour began at ALC, where students were briefed on research conducted within the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate and the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.
  • The second day of the tour was conducted at APG, where students were introduced to research within the Human Research and Engineering Directorate, CISD, the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, the Vehicle Technology Directorate, and the Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate.
  • ARL had a really great group of students on the tour this year who were really attentive and seemed to enjoy the sessions.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently welcomed approximately 100 summer students to the organization with tours of the Adelphi Laboratory Center and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

The two-day tour began at ALC, where students were briefed on research conducted within the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate and the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.

Students were specifically briefed on thermal science research, optoelectronics, cyber security, current operations, advanced electronics, battlefield environment technologies, and autonomous systems.

In addition, the students were given an overview of the ALC library and the ALC technical publication office.

"Meeting the students on the summer tour was great fun," said Nancy Faget, team leader in the ALC library. "ARL is fortunate to have such talented new researchers working here," added Faget.

Faget also stated that the ARL libraries are setting up guest computers so summer students can search library resources on the internet while waiting for access to the ARL network.

The second day of the tour was conducted at APG, where students were introduced to research within the Human Research and Engineering Directorate, CISD, the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, the Vehicle Technology Directorate, and the Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate.

ARL researchers introduced students to areas such as the Tactical Environment Simulation Facility, the Environment for Auditory Research site, robotics, composites, energetics, structures and propulsion, advanced computing and computational science research, provided them with a briefing on the APG library and technical publishing office.

Dr. Rose Pesce-Rodriguez, ARL Fellow, participated in this year's tour at APG and enjoyed interacting with the summer interns.

"I have participated in the tour for several years now," said Pesce-Rodriguez. "It takes a good part of the day to go through all the sessions, which I did nine of this year," added Pesce-Rodriguez.

Pesce-Rodriguez stated that while it is hard to find the time for the tour, she thinks that it is a very important thing for her to be a part of.

"I usually ask to be part of the tour and meet with as many students as possible. I love to have the opportunity to tell them what a great place ARL is. I also like to give them advice on how to have a productive and enjoyable summer experience, and to give them a pitch for the Summer Student Symposium, which is a wonderful opportunity for students to show their work," stated Pesce-Rodriguez.

She added that ARL had a really great group of students on the tour this year who were really attentive and seemed to enjoy the session, and that her time spent with the students was well worth the effort.

According to Isabel Llerena, summer student activities coordinator, she was highly impressed with this year's tour.

"This was my first year participating in the tour, but from what I observed, the students were very interested in the tour subject areas and asked a lot of great questions," said Llerena.

For more information on ARL student programs, visit Student Programs page.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: July 30, 2013