Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, FL

May 8, 2009
RELEASE : 26-09
Local Student Interns At NASA's Kennedy Space Center
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Allan Villorin of Miami, Fla., has spent almost four months providing technical support for the launch control system project at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Villorin, a member of NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program is assigned to the systems hardware branch of the engineering department. His work involves analyzing hardware components and equipment necessary to design, operate and maintain the launch control and communication systems for NASA's next generation launch vehicles, the Ares rockets.

The program offers students internships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, disciplines. It is part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students pursuing STEM careers. The internship is designed to provide selected participants the ultimate workforce preparatory experience.

Villorin is a 2005 graduate of G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School in Miami. He attends Florida International University in Miami where he is pursuing a degree in computer engineering. He has been selected to NASA’s Cooperative Education program, where he will alternate semesters between going to school and working at Kennedy. At the conclusion of his co-op experience, he will be eligible for full-time employment. His parents Armando and Mayra Villorin reside in Miami.

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