Student Selected for Internship at Sandia National Lab

Monday, April 22, 2013
The Office of Public Relations

Student Selected for Internship at Sandia National Lab

Sandia National Laboratories is considered the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation.  Teams of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers work on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense and biotechnology, to energy and combustion research.  Each year Sandia offers internship opportunities to students from around the country.  This summer David Surmick, a PhD student in physics at the Space Institute, has accepted an internship at Sandia to work in the research area of Fire and Aerosol Sciences for data reduction of aluminum combustion. 

“This is an excellent opportunity for David and provides him the ability to work on a project that is of mutual interest to UTSI, New Mexico State University and Sandia,” commented Chris Parigger, associate professor of physics and advisor to Surmick.

Surmick, a graduate research assistant at the Space Institute, concentrates in his current research on combusting aluminum.  His research focuses on the reduction of spectral data taken from combusting aluminum sources for the purpose of accurate temperature determination.  This internship will strongly benefit him in his research efforts and pursuit of a formal graduate education at the UT Space Institute.

David Surmick, PhD student
Photographer: Laura Horton