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Co-op Student of the Year Award

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Zachary Robinson of Mechanicsburg, PA, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Co-op Student of the Year Award, sponsored by the Penn State University Eberly College of Science.

This award is given annually to a participant in the Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program in recognition of the student's academic achievements and contributions to employers, the University, the community, and the field of cooperative education. Robinson was nominated by Brock Harris of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he completed three co-op rotations. Some of Robinson's contributions included developing a visualization tool used by Joint Forces Command for logistics analysis to facilitate stakeholder comprehension by evaluating and verifying the social relationships amongst all the logistics organizations; independently researching methodology and developing software tools for transforming points between coordinate reference frames; supporting a team employed by the USAF to analyze capabilities, assign relative risk to each capability area, and assess and characterize any shortfalls or excesses of the USAF; and serving as a full-time analyst on a team who deeply evaluated and optimized the ballistic missile defense system protecting NATO Europe. Robinson will graduate in May 2012 with degrees in Mathematics and Physics. Mr. Robinson also won the 2011 Pennsylvania Co-op Student of the Year Award (officially called the JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award) as judged by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (PennACE), in the technical category. Information on the award can be found at http://www.pennace.info/joanneday.asp