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Michaelle Serrano

FAU Engineering Student Selected for Two NASA Internships

BOCA RATON, FL (June 20, 2008) – Juciana Barbosa, a senior in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University, was recently selected to participate in two highly prestigious and competitive internships with the Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and Space Florida.   Sponsored by NASA, the ten week program is directed by both organizations, and takes place at the Kennedy Space Center.   

Barbosa was selected as part of a group of twelve students chosen from different universities in Florida.   The group of students, each with different engineering and physics backgrounds, collaboratively built a payload that was launched on a weather balloon.   Barbosa’s role, in partnership with two other students, was to manage the GPS system for the project.

 “Getting involved in extracurricular programs is crucial in a student’s curriculum,” said Barbosa. “These unique internships have been an extraordinary opportunity for me to learn beyond the traditional classroom by allowing me to work on projects that will help to develop my engineering and communication skills.”

Barbosa’s dedication to her field continues as she embarks on her second non-technical internship offered by the FSGC.   Her responsibility is to help manage and organize the pre-service teacher institute workshop that is designed to increase students’ skills in teaching mathematics and science, while incorporating technology into their curriculum.  

Barbosa’s passion for mathematics and physics motivated her to enter this challenging field at a very young age.   Her goal is to graduate from FAU and practice electrical engineering where she can work towards the future development of aerospace technology.

“At FAU, we pride ourselves on providing our students with the best resources available in order to succeed academically and professionally.   Juciana is a prime example of many of our exceptional students who have taken advantage of these opportunities to advance their career to the next level,”said Tamsyn Carey, director of the division of engineering student services.   “Nothing gives me greater pleasure and makes me prouder than seeing one of our students achieve their lifelong dream.”

For more information on programs and opportunities within FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, contact Tamsyn Carey at 561-297-2680 or

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