PISCES’ Akamai Intern Kylie Higaki is originally from Pearl City, Oahu and currently studies Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University.

PISCES wrapped up an intensive summer internship last month with Akamai intern Kylie Higaki, an Oregon State University student from Oahu who is majoring in Environmental Engineering.

During seven weeks, Kylie worked with PISCES to research Hawaii Island basalt samples and determine their usefulness as feedstock for basalt sintering construction. Under the mentorship of Geology Technician Kyla Defore and Ops. Manager Christian Andersen, she learned the fundamentals of planetary geology and applied that knowledge to catalog the mineral and chemical compositions of basalt found at three locations on Hawaii Island. Kylie then applied sintering techniques to these samples to determine which worked best as an ISRU construction material.

PISCES Ops. Manager Christian Andersen and Akamai Intern Kylie Higaki sift volcanic basalt samples before chemical analysis.

PISCES Ops. Manager Christian Andersen and Akamai Intern Kylie Higaki sift volcanic basalt samples before chemical analysis.

On Aug. 8, Kylie previewed her final presentation of the project with two special guest visitors at PISCES headquarters: DBEDT Deputy Director Mary Alice Evans and the Office of Aerospace Development’s new Coordinator Chung Chang.

On the following day, Kylie was among 38 college student interns who presented the results of their Akamai Internship projects at the program’s annual symposium held in Hilo.

Other organizations that provided students with work in the program included HELCO, NELHA, University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Institute for Astronomy, Liquid Robotics, Akabotics, University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). TMT provided significant funding support toward the program.
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