The Akamai-Hawaii ISEE Chapter has a long history focused on a variety of fields in the state of Hawaii:

  • Science related to astronomy, remote sensing, and related technical fields, particularly in partnership with the University of Hawaii (UH) Institute for Astronomy (IfA) and the astronomical observatories on Maui and Hawai‘i Island
  • Engineering and technology through the UH College of Engineering, other related departments, and local high-tech industry partners

Past participation and teaching activities of this chapter include: Akamai PREP Course (Preparation for Research Experiences and Projects) that prepares undergraduate students for summer projects in high-tech industry and observatory settings, UH astronomy lab courses, and a range of bridge programs and other activities aimed at retaining college students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Opportunities to participate in ISEE’s Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program (PDP) aims to advance leaders in effective and inclusive STEM education through a suite of workshops organized into two intensives, a practical teaching experience, and reflection on what was learned.

Graduate students, postdocs, and professionals from Hawaii-based organizations are invited to apply for the PDP through this chapter.  Graduate students and postdocs from the University of Hawai‘i can apply for PDP fee waivers and travel support from ISEE (via PDP application), which is available through the Akamai-Hawaii chapter’s participation in the Advancing Inclusive Leaders in Astronomy project funded by the National Science Foundation (AST#17431117) or the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA95501510427) for teams directly involved in teaching for the Akamai Internship PREP course. Applicants are encouraged to secure some of their own institutional or grant funding, which will increase likelihood of acceptance and financial support from ISEE.

More information on applying to the PDP. The first step is to register by December 4, 2017

PDP 2018 participants will likely teach in the Akamai Preparatory Course for undergraduates from Hawaii in June 2018 or the UH IfA Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) preparatory course for astronomy undergraduates from across the nation.


Recent Akamai-Hawaii ISEE PDP participants and teaching activities:

UH IfA REU preparatory course for astronomy undergraduates from across the nation

  • Heather Flewelling (lead, UH IfA) led a team with Eva Lilly (UH IfA) and Conor McPartland (UH IfA) in which students used the concept of blackbody radiation to select the hottest and coolest stars in a given survey using a color-color or color-magnitude plot, getting practice with how to appropriately do data sample selection.

Akamai Preparatory Course for undergraduates from Hawaii at the University of Hawaii, Maui College

  • Kimberley Bitterwolf (lead, UCSC, Ocean Sciences) with Cynthia Carrion (UCSC, Ocean Sciences), and Britt Henke (UCSC, Ocean Sciences) designed and taught an activity focused on renewable energy resources in Hawaii using an understanding of natural resource trade-offs while designing within requirements and constraints.
  • Stacey Sueoka (lead, NSO/DKIST) with Gwen Musial (Univ. of Houston, Biomedical Eng.) and Chris Gilbert (CU Boulder, astrophysics) designed and taught an activity about using the law of refraction to describe real-world phenomena, and designing and carrying out investigations to understand the dependence of Snell’s law on angle of incidence, wavelength and material refractive index


Graduate students and postdocs affiliated with the University of Hawaii who have questions about applying for the Professional Development Program should contact the Akamai-Hawaii ISEE Liaisons:

Michael Nassir :

Christoph Baranec:

Others in the region interested in applying to the PDP (including junior faculty), or seeking general information about ISEE, should contact the Akamai-Hawaii Chapter ISEE program manager, Austin Barnes: