The Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST)

DKIST and the National Solar Observatory (NSO) have been collaborating with ISEE since 2010 to build a workforce on Maui.

Through ISEE’s Akamai Internship Program, DKIST personnel mentor local students in completing projects related to the construction of the telescope on Haleakala. To date 5 students from Hawaii have done internships with DKIST on Maui, and another 5 completed internships at NSO Mainland facilities.

More than 90 Akamai alumni participated in NSO career development workshops, including mock job interviews, held on Maui from 2010-13, resulting in:

  • 5 summer internships at NSO
  • 2 hires at DKIST/NSO
  • 2 hires at other Maui tech organizations

DKIST is hiring locally, and has hired three Akamai alumni.


DKIST Akamai interns are advancing in STEM

Brialyn Onodera, a mechanical engineer major at University of Hawaii at Manoa, worked under the mentorship of William McBride, a DKIST engineer on a project to measure vibration in the telescope enclosure. She was accepted to give a talk at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, held in Minneapolis in November 2016.