April 20, 2010

Local Student Interns at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Justin Varner of Selinsgrove, Pa., has spent almost four months providing network engineering support to the Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Varner, a member of NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program is assigned to the control and data systems division of the engineering department. His work involves researching, designing and implementing virtual network technologies for the launch control system.

The program offers students internships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM disciplines. It is part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students pursuing STEM careers. The internship is designed to provide selected participants the ultimate workforce preparatory experience.

Varner is a 2005 graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School. He attends the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., where he is pursuing a degree in computer science and mathematics. His mother, Sharon Harris, resides in Selinsgrove.

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