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Perspiration and passion

By Mollie Rappe

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Keynote speaker shares keys to success at Sandia intern symposium

Keynote speaker shares keys to success at Sandia intern symposium

SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Ken Armijo inspired interns with insights on building a successful career. (Photo by Mollie Rappe)

Ken Armijo (6123), the keynote speaker for Sandia’s Student Intern Symposium, has a lot of advice for Sandia’s latest crop of interns. Remembering back to his time as a Sandia intern, he told the standing-room-only crowd that success in science and engineering takes imagination, inspiration, determination, and perspiration. He added, “If a farm boy from southern New Mexico can do it, so can you.” Ken also counseled the interns to discover their passion and never settle for anything less than their dreams.

The New Mexico symposium, held July 26, showcased the work of some of Sandia’s approximately 1,200 summer and year-round interns. There were more than 60 posters on topics ranging from cybersecurity to biology and materials science. The California symposium held July 27 followed a similar format and was also well attended by students, managers, and mentors.

Thao Nguyen (1815), a summer high school student intern, explains her materials science poster. (Photo by Dani Martinez)

Thao Nguyen (1815), a summer high school student intern, explains her materials science poster. (Photo by Dani Martinez)

Isaiah Grigsby (9315), a summer undergraduate intern from Clark Atlanta University, explains his cybersecurity poster.   (Photo by Mollie Rappe)

Isaiah Grigsby (9315), a summer undergraduate intern from Clark Atlanta University, explains his cybersecurity poster.   (Photo by Mollie Rappe)

Anne Noonan (8631), a summer undergraduate intern from Carnegie Mellon University, explains her biology poster to Margaret Quinn (3555), manager of Recruiting and Student Programs.    (Photo by Dani Martinez)

Anne Noonan (8631), a summer undergraduate intern from Carnegie Mellon University, explains her biology poster to Margaret Quinn (3555), manager of Recruiting and Student Programs.    (Photo by Dani Martinez)