Work Force Development at UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles
C.T. Russell
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567
Email: ctrussell@igpp.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-3188

To successfully enter the workforce students need to obtain real-world experience in areas in which industry is seeking new talent. This is difficult to achieve within a classroom setting but in a research university real-world experience in the laboratory is possible if the students can be integrated into the existing projects being undertaken there. At UCLA we have had a succession of such work force projects as various space projects moved through our laboratories. These projects included the Polar mission, ST5, THEMIS and MMS. Currently work continues on MMS and has begun on LOMONOSOV, a mission to be launched in 2011 and supported at UCLA by NSF. We propose to use UCLA undergraduate students to assist with both MMS and LOMONOSOV development. The project will be managed by Prof. Wirz and Angelopoulos with some assistance from the office of the UCLA Branch CaSG director.