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Michigan Engineering students complete summer internships at General Atomics

In the summer of 2019, eight Michigan Engineering Students intern at General Atomics in San Diego, CA| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Michigan students pose for a picture with alumni at General Atomics in San Diego

This summer, eight Michigan Engineering students made the trip to San Diego to intern at General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems and Aeronautical Systems Groups. This year’s group continues Michigan Engineering’s strong presence at the General Atomics internships, which accepted a similar number of interns in 2018.

For ten weeks, the students worked on projects including Composite Materials, Industrial Engineering, and Opto-Mechanical Engineering. During the first two weeks of August, they presented to General Atomics staff, including Michigan Alumni David Fillmore, who praised the Michigan students’ work: “Our executive staff took notice of the quality, productivity and capabilities of our Wolverine interns.”

In addition to the experience directly from the projects, the students gained insight into the operation and culture of a leading aerospace engineering company through tours and lectures. This fall, General Atomics will extend that opportunity to more Michigan Engineering Students through an AERO 285 lecture by Donna Mirabella who works in the aeronautical systems group.

A group of Michigan students and alumni pose at the General Atomics workplace
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