Name: David Thomas LaVergne

Birth Date: October 28, 1987

Hometown: Kenton, Ohio

Worksite: Northrop Grumman

Career Interest: Engineering/Physicist


          This experience has been so amazing. The people Iíve met, the things Iíve done, the places Iíve seen; I wouldnít trade it for the world. When I applied for this I had no idea what I was getting into. All I knew is that it had something to do with NASA and was 8 weeks long. Because of the length I wasnít even sure that I was going to accept even if I got in, but I thought about it and decided that I should go anyway, even if I was missing out on a lot back home. But band camp can go on without me. I can run here, I can hang out with new friends here. I find that Iím not really missing anything. I come from a very small school in the middle of nowhere. Unlike most of you I canít take even beginning calculus until senior year. Physics isnít until senior year and even then itís not AP. I donít have a lot of opportunities to do cool things like this back home so coming out here has just blown my mind and opened me up to so many things I havenít even thought possible. So thanks everybody for helping have the most amazing summer of my life.

Apartment #: 2206

Roommate: Jesus Trujillo

What did you think about living in your apartment?

I love my apartment. The people are the coolest and I now have fewer reservations about roommates in college. If theyíre all like these guys then I have nothing to worry about!

What did you learn from being in an apartment with other people?

How to cook with limited resources, how to do some cleaning when it needed done, how to enjoy my time with others, and to realize that spending 8 weeks with 6 other guys isnít as bad as it sounds.

Describe what you did and learned at your summer work site.

Iíve used an optical ray trace simulator to build a basic fiber optics cable and, by changing different parameters, got to learn a bit about its characteristics. I learned to use Excel to crunch a bunch of numbers for me into useful graphs that let me know what was going on inside the system. I also used Excel to represent different signal-to-noise calculations and how they worked.

What was your favorite experience at NASA SHARP?

I have to say that just getting to know all the people here was the best experience for me. I come from a very non-diverse community and to be able to meet you all and find out about all youíre various different cultures and backgrounds was fun. Everybody here is a part of multiple cultures (as the good Tyler taught us) and to see that we all both fit certain parts of our stereotypes but donít at the same time is interesting and teaches us not to automatically judge a person by theyíre looks. I have to say I was surprised to see how much my opinion and understanding of you all has changed since that first day when we all sat eyes on each other. You people have broken the mold and Iím proud of you all. So just to be able to say that Iíve known you all is the greatest experience I can think of!

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