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August 23, 2011 > NASA and EPA provide summer jobs for students

NASA and EPA provide summer jobs for students

Submitted By Charles Lee

This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. hired more than 40 college students from around the country to work on site in their San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.

Both scientific agencies are working together to improve environmental and earth science research, technology, environmental management, and the application of earth science data, models and technology in environmental decision-making.

"As two of the largest scientific agencies in the federal government we're proud to work with, engage and inspire this next generation of scientists and engineers who will carry our work forward." said Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "Their work on these challenging, ambitious projects has been very valuable."

"It has been a pleasure to work with our friends at the EPA and share some of the exciting research we are conducting in green technology and Earth science with these college interns," said Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames. "We hope that this experience has motivated these students to continue working in these important research areas. We look forward to working together in the future."

The EPA and NASA interns were given an opportunity to work on innovative group projects aimed at solving environmental challenges including: ways to reduce emissions associated with goods movement by improving packaging, examining how to incorporate greener practices in emergency operations, and researching ways to encourage renewable energy technologies in air quality non-attainment areas such as the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley in California.

An unprecedented number of students from California, Texas, Georgia, Michigan, W. Virginia, and New York participated in this innovative program that both agencies hope to repeat in 2012.

Students were from more than 15 different colleges, including: the University of California at Berkeley and Riverside; San Jose State, San Francisco State, the University of San Francisco, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, Spellman College, the Georgia Institute of Technology and many more.

Each student performed a rigorous and complex individual project supervised by experts from the EPA and NASA, and participated in speaker series events, field trips, and both individual and group skill-building assignments.

For more information, contact NASA Ames at For U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, visit

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