Office of Environmental Management intern balances work and the outdoors in Idaho

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Although he has only supported the IWTU for three weeks, Arena said the engineers supporting the program have been helpful and willing to accept him as a team member.

“I am surrounded by many capable engineers,” he said. “A lot of them are very willing to explain things to me and include me.”

One of his tasks is to collect particle samples from the IWTU confirmatory test and measure particle diameters. Based on extensive testing at IWTU’s pilot plant at Hazen Research in Colorado, dried particles from the steam reforming process should be about the size of coarse coffee grounds to maintain proper fluidization in the primary reaction vessel of the installation.

Like many interns, Arena enjoys exploring Idaho on the weekends.

“I like the openness, the nature and the mountains – the outdoors part,” he said. “It’s a nice state.”

He said Idaho Falls is a welcome change from New Orleans, where he is from.

“I like the small town vibe,” he said. “I don’t like being in a big city; I like the area.

Arena will support IWTU until August. He and the rest of the interns employed by IEC are required to give presentations about their summer experiences at the end of their internships.

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