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May 13, 2015

Students to participate in LLE/NROTC intern program

Jenna Becerra
Jenna Becerra
Jenna Becerra
Timothy Cooper
Lindsey Curtis
Jenna Becerra

Three 2015 summer interns have been named as part of the Donald and Linda Winter LLE/NROTC Intern Program. It is the second year of the program, which is sponsored by former Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter ’69 and Linda Winter ’69 to promote the nation’s naval nuclear propulsion program.

The 2015 interns are Midshipman Lindsey Curtis ’16, a computer science major; Midshipman Jenna Becerra ’17, an electrical and computer engineering major; and Midshipman Timothy Cooper, a junior at Rochester Institute of Technology who is majoring in applied mathematics.

Interns participate in a research project at the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), working closely with scientists. 

The 2014 interns—Midshipman Daniel Tucker ’15, a double major in mathematics and economics, and Midshipman Ari Shaps ’15, who majored in chemistry—have been accepted into the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and will start nuclear power training upon receiving their commissions as ensigns in the United States Navy this month.

Capt. Norberto Nobrega, commanding officer of the University’s NROTC unit has high praise for the interns.

“The Donald and Linda Winter LLE/NROTC intern program and the lectures relative to nuclear fusion and fission and laser technology presented by LLE scientists this year have been very effective in promoting the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program,” he says.

Steven Loucks, a retired Navy captain who is the associate director for operations at LLE and administers the intern program, says the program is a “win-win” initiative for the NROTC unit and LLE.

“The quality of the research conducted by the interns is topnotch and has contributed to LLE’s program,” he says.

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