From Vietnam to Camden to NASA facilityJanuary 24, 2000
Rowan Student To Study Comets in Hawaii
Glassboro- Kim Ha is a contemporary version of the <+>American Dream.<+>
She immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1993. Today, she
lives in Camden with her husband and two children. The story could end
there -- and so could the dream. But Ha is studying and working to take
her future much further.
Today, she is a senior chemistry/chemical engineering dual major
carrying a 3.9 average at Rowan University. From February 1 to 4, she
will work with her professor, Dr. Karen Magee-Sauer, observing the
comets Machholz and LINEAR S4 at the NASA Infrared Telescope facility
in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Obtaining time to work at the Hawaii facility is very
Ha has been conducting research with Magee-Sauer for 2 1/2 years -- a
unique position for any student -- under grants awarded to the
professor by the National Science Foundation and NASA to study
comets. For the past two summers Ha worked for Hercules Incorporated,
a chemical company based in Wilmington, from whom she received
scholarships to attend Rowan.
Her professor says that although her majors are in chemistry and
chemical engineering Ha has a broad background, and Ha's ability to work
in an interdisciplinary field such as planetary science shows how creative
and talented she is.