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05/05/2000

JMU STUDENTS SNAG INTERNSHIPS AT NASA, AUTOMETRIC INC.

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Eleven students in the James Madison University College of Integrated Science and Technology have received summer internships at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., NASA’s DEVELOP Center in Hampton and Autometric Inc. in Springfield, Va.

James L. Barnes, professor of integrated science and technology at JMU, said the students will serve in a variety of high-technology capacities, performing tasks such as computer programming, three-dimensional digital product development and Web site creation.

Students who will work at NASA Langley are Joshua Nelson of Charlottesville, Abigail Llaneza of Farmington, Julie DeMeester of Alexandria, Sarah Bittenbender of Virginia Beach, Suzanne Lane of Seaford, Jason Kerrigan of Reston and Eugene Kitamura of Osaka, Japan.

Autometric Inc., a company that specializes in the development of digital imagery, will provide internships to David Bottoms of Annandale and Ryan Bonistalli of Mechanicsville.

Students who will serve with the NASA DEVELOP Center are Regan Warren of Woodbridge and Candice Roman of Ridgefield Park, N.J. The center is a research facility that, most recently, used JMU students to help develop Digital Earth – a project that presents a virtual view of the planet embedded with vast amounts of natural, cultural and historical data.

"It’s internships like these that epitomize the ISAT experience at JMU," Barnes said. "It allows students to benchmark what they’re learning in a real-world context and provides them with valuable experience they will need after graduation."

For further information, call Dr. James L. Barnes at (540) 568-3154, or send him an e-mail at barnesjl@jmu.edu