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A summer of discovery

A summer of discoveries is coming to an end for a group of scientifically-inclined students.

Since June, 47 interns worked alongside scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to explore science, technology, engineering and math on a different level. Some focused on robotics, others on radar, and a few on a new alloy under development to replace Eglin steel.

“I got to do a lot more than I thought I would be able to with government red tape and stuff,” said Austin Keller, who is about to start his senior year at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

He was paired up with Rachel Abrahams, who recently received the Air Force’s Early Career Award for creating a new munitions material at the fraction of the cost.

Keller applied for the summer internship program after meeting Abrahams at another event. When he returns to school next week, he’ll continue working with her through one of his professors at the university.

Source:  Northwest Florida Daily News
Photo credit: Nick Tomecek

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