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JWST internship is STEM education experience for Ryan Hannahoe

02 November 2011

SPIE Member Ryan Hannahoe (Montana State University) spent the summer teaching others about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) -- the successor to the Hubble telescope designed to unravel the mystery of how the universe grew --  for his internship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, D.C.

Hannahoe helped coordinate JWST's role in various educational and public outreach events, developed educational content and trained educators. Hannahoe worked with revising an informal exhibit that incorporates hands-on scientific activities relating to JWST, and which was featured at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2011 in San Diego in August.

Hannahoe earned the internship through SPIE Member and Director Joseph Howard, lead optical designer for the JWST. Hannahoe has been a speaker at SPIE conferences and authored publications. He is serving on the conference committee for Optics Education and Outreach at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2012.

Read the article from Montana State University News Service.

Photo of Ryan Hannahoe at SPIE Optics + Photonics

Above, Ryan Hannahoe shares information about astronomical science during the exhibition at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2011.