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June 4, 2002

Electronic newsroom



Brookhaven Lab Recruits Four Long Island Students for Internships in the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna

UPTON, NY — Four Long Island students have been recruited by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory for a one-year internship at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. The International Safeguards Project Office (ISPO), which recruited the students, provides technical assistance to the IAEA so that it can better verify that nuclear material placed under IAEA safeguards is not diverted for non-peaceful purposes.


Susan Pepper (second from left) head of ISPO at Brookhaven Lab, said, “This new one-year internship program is in software programming. It will be mutually beneficial for a national lab and the IAEA to partner with academia. We will be bringing new talent to the nuclear industry.”

Pictured with Susan Pepper are the four IAEA interns (from left): Sam Aro of Brooklyn, Christopher Dalton of Brightwaters, David Heyman of Wantagh, and Courtney Patterson of Laurelton. Aro, Dalton and Heyman are recent graduates of the Chubb Institute in Westbury, a computer training school, and, in addition, hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Patterson, a recent graduate of SUNY Old Westbury, worked as an intern for Brookhaven this past year and for the IAEA in Vienna for two weeks last summer.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited liability company founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.