DHS Career Development Grant Fellows, Grace Python and Alex Pollara receive hands-on experience in summer internships with the Coast Guard.
September 16, 2013
As part of their DHS fellowship requirements, Stevens Maritime Systems graduate students Grace Python and Alex Pollara received unique hands-on experience interning with the U.S. Coast Guard this past summer. Pictured above left, Grace Python spent her summer working with VADM Robert Parker, Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANTAREA), his leadership team, including Dr. Joseph DiRenzo, Division Chief, and Dr. Jacqueline Jackson, Operations Research Analyst, in the Operations Analysis Division at the Atlantic Area offices in Portsmouth, VA. Selected by VADM Parker to intern at "LANT-7", Grace worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Coast Guard personnel on risk assessment projects and raw data analysis. When not crunching numbers and finding optimal solutions to asset deployments, Grace had the opportunity to join her colleagues on the USCGC Conchito as it escorted a Navy submarine to port.
During his internship at Sector New York, Alex Pollara worked under the mentorship of Lt. Jason Moritz, Coast Guard Command Duty Officer. Alex's summer projects included the transition of Stevens Institute of Technology's video surveillance camera feeds of the Hudson River into Sector New York's Vessel Traffic System. He also engaged in the deployment of small portable passive acoustic devices, with the assistance of Matt Leahey, USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 21, to record vessel traffic in areas of interest to the Coast Guard.
(Pictured Above) VADM Parker presents Grace Python with the Atlantic Area Command coin and the USCG Commitment to Excellence Award.