June 1, 2016

Rockwell Labs Internship Program: An On-Going Success Story

(L to R) Katie Prendergast, Taylor Messer, and Ashlyn Liska.

Rockwell Labs continued its successful internship program to encourage young women to pursue careers in science and engineering for the Spring semester of 2016. High school students Katie Prendergast, Taylor Messer, and Ashlyn Liska (L to R) completed the program through Northland CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) wherein they worked at Rockwell for 2 ½ hours each day during the Spring semester in lieu of normal class work. The students each spent time working in both the chemistry laboratory and the manufacturing area. Chemistry lab work included product QC and specification testing, formulation work and product development. In the manufacturing area, the company had recently purchased its most advanced piece of high-speed, automated manufacturing equipment to date, so the students assisted in the extensive testing and qualification to get the new machine up and running and producing product according to specifications. They also assisted in the ongoing implementation of the company’s 5S and advanced manufacturing initiatives. Katie and Taylor both graduated from high school this Spring at the top of their respective classes, and Ashlyn has one more year. All three students have paid internships at Rockwell over the summer. In addition, Sarah Piburn, who had participated in the CAPS program in the Spring of 2015, worked at Rockwell during the Christmas break this past year and is now back working again this summer after completing her first successful year of engineering school. Katie will be starting at Kansas State University in chemical engineering this fall. Taylor will be attending Creighton University in Nebraska to study biochemistry. Ashlyn enjoys chemistry lab work and is looking forward to completing another CAPS internship this coming year in a different area of chemistry. “I continue to be impressed by the many talents, and the drive and poise of these young women, stated Rockwell founder and CEO, Dr. Cisse Spragins. “Taylor is definitely the academic one with a strong interest in research, and is an accomplished flute player as well. Katie is outgoing and practical, and has also spent the last three years assisting in the broadcasting of various sporting events.” “And Ashlyn, well, she just gets it done,” Spragins laughed. “During her interview, she talked about a school project wherein she and four boys had been assigned to the project. The boys just weren’t getting anything accomplished, so she had to take charge and assign tasks to each of them and separate the ones who were “clingy” so they could be productive, in order to finish the project. I told her she would likely find throughout her career that she would often need to tell guys what to do in order to get things done!”

(L to R) Katie Prendergast, Taylor Messer, and Ashlyn Liska.

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June 1, 2016

Rockwell Labs Internship Program:

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