St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Summer Internship Students Recognized

Eight students make presentations on their internship experience at the Samueli School

Eight students from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano made presentations about their summer internships at the eighth annual St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Summer Internship Program Reception in early November. 

This unique program began in 2004, when Stacey Nicholas spearheaded the effort to create summer internship opportunities at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering for students at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, much in part due to her engineering background and her passion in increasing the number of students interested in science and engineering.

Student participation is competitive and has been limited to five - 10 students per summer. These students are admitted based on their grade point average and academic merits and matched to labs according to their interests. At the end of their internship, they receive credit from UC Irvine, which they can add to their college application portfolios.

The Program is an excellent opportunity for the Samueli School to contribute to the education of high school students, further expanding the foundation of engineering education. UC Irvine directly benefits from this expansion of engineering education and the application of new ideas that blossom within the Program.


Gaby Carpenter and George Clemmons

Project:“Thermal Barrier Coatings”

Faculty Advisor: Daniel R. Mumm, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)

Summary: Carpenter and Clemmons focused on the ceramic top coat and wanted to see how it was affected by compounds of calcia, magnesium, aluminum and silicon (CMAS) contamination.  They spent their time testing thermal conductivity.


Elizabeth Chen and Madison Jahn

Project: Microplatforms for Capturing Circulating Tumor Cells”

Faculty Advisor: William C. Tang (Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Biomedical Engineering)

Summary: Chen and Jahn wanted to make a simple and more mechanically based system to isolate circulating tumor cells (CTC) from red blood cells that were less invasive and inexpensive.


Heather Hughes

Project:“A Look into Marine Energy”

Faculty Advisor: G. Scott Samuelsen, Ph.D. (Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center and Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Summary: Hughes studied the many different types of ocean energies and did some research on turbines, which must be scaled and matched to the specifications of each location in order to achieve maximum efficiency.


Barrett Travis

Project: “The Effect of Scales on Turbulent Mixing of a Passive Scalar”

Faculty Advisor: John C. LaRue (Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Summary:Travis learned about laminar vs. turbulent flow, how to measure air temperature and velocity, and how to make cold wires. He used this knowledge and applied it to his work on pollution models and turbine engines.


Ted Ko

Project:“UCI Internship Experience: Metamaterials”

Faculty Advisor: Filippo Capolino (Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

Summary: Ko’s goal was to show proof of metamaterial concepts using coaxial cables and lumped components using analytical and experimental studies.


Aurahm Bayat

Project:Onco Imaging Center: Magnetic Tweezers

Faculty Advisor: Gultekin Gulsen(Associate Professor in Residence, Biomedical Engineering)

Summary: Bayat learned the purpose of the magnetic tweezers and the forces that are applied to a cell in its environment.