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Antonio Aguirre

College: New York City College of Technology
Awards: Paid Summer Intern at the NASA/GSFC Lunar & Planetary Science Academy, 2012

Outstanding Student

Antonio Aguirre (New York City College of Technology, A.A.S. in electrical engineering technology, 2012) has won a coveted paid summer internship in the 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC) Lunar & Planetary Science Academy in Greenbelt, Md. He will be working on the project "Miniaturized IR Spectrometer for Planetary Atmospheres Study" with mentors Dr. Tilak Hewagama and Dr. Shahid Aslam.

Miniaturization of scientific instruments will open exciting new possibilities for future research. They are working on reducing infrared spectrometers to chip-scale devices for studying the atmospheres of planets. Aguirre will gain valuable exposure to experimental techniques involving laboratory infrared optics and be involved in a new research area. He will participate in a group expedition to Arizona to study craters and Martian analogue features. The trip expenses are paid for by the LPSA. Academy dates: June 4 to Aug. 10. Stipend: $4,500.