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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Draper Interns from Rindge & Latin Brief Lab at Tech Expo

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Two Cambridge Rindge & Latin students who interned at Draper Laboratory briefed lab officials and members of the public on their work with radio frequency antennas on Oct. 5 at Draper’s Technology Exposition.

Simran Dhillon, a junior, and Jason Tang, a senior, participated in a summer internship program that is part of Draper’s overall effort to expose students to unique opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Dhillon and Tang built and tested reconfigurable antennas in order to assess the performance and limitations of new concepts that Draper is developing.

The lab is exploring the use of microfluidic and micromechanical devices to reconfigure antennas for enhanced performance and broader applications. Reconfigurable antennas can be used to improve a user’s ability to communicate, transmit data, or obtain a GPS fix.

“Draper is deeply committed to education and to creating opportunities in our local community,” said Amy Duwel, Draper’s RF and communications group leader, who supervised the students during their internships.  “Our students help to sustain a culture at Draper that fosters new ideas which build on fundamental science and engineering."

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