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2007 NYC / NJ FIRST Annual Report Available

FIRST Impact on School Curriculum

From Student to Engineering Leader

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The Impact of What We Do

Letter from a Dad

Staying Competitive in the Global Economy

Design for the Other 90%

Brooklyn Tech Student Places Third in International Competition

From FIRST to BAE Systems Intern

From FIRST to BAE Systems Intern

Continued from the July 2007 Newsletter...

"It is so amazing to see things that I did in FIRST actually being applied in a real world setting," said Varanelli. "I remember coming to BAE Systems for a tour, and being amazed and very excited that management and robot design and production concepts we were using on our FIRST team were similar to those being used here."

Varanelli is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in both robotics engineering and management. Her role as an intern includes working a process development software project and the development of the laser component locating feature, a robotic table which will have a laser attachment.

"Sabrina will be using her mechanical design knowledge to help us evaluate and determine the best use of resources for mechanical design review and three dimensional computer aided design model review and implementation," said Jay Hinerman, Varanelli's supervisor at Wayne.

"This sets a wonderful precedent in coming full circle," said Vince Frascella, E&IS mentor and manager at Wayne. "Volunteer mentors are providing technical assistance to high school robotics teams, whose bright young minds aspire to work for companies such as BAE Systems."

So far, New Hampshire-based BAE Systems facilities have hired three college recruits as a result of the FIRST intern program, according to Steve DiOrio, director of E&IS Mechanical Engineering and FIRST coordinator at Nashua, N.H. This summer, 23 FIRST interns will work for BAE Systems, with eight eligible for full-time positions in 2008, said DiOrio. Interns are generally hired during summer breaks of high school or college. It takes several years for them to become eligible as fulltime employees.

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