Student has designs on an engineer career


Two large, imposing computer monitors display 3D blueprints and dominate intern Justin Jamison’s workspace.

The wall adjacent to his desk is plastered with digitally modified images, some of which Jamison himself has created.

Given the nature of his job at the Lab, it’s not surprising that Jamison enjoys tinkering with photos. His work is visual by nature: Jamison creates 3D models, done to scale, of specific areas at LLNL.

Jamison’s model allows scientists to gauge the amount of solution they have injected into the pipes and locate new and existing pipes.

How does Jamison generate models of systems that have been underground for decades?

“We have old drawings that are hand drawings, so I can work off those most of the time,” Jamison explained. He expande: “What we’re doing here is more graphical design work."

His work here is change from the more strictly technical aspects of his profession. “I like the work that I’m doing here. It’s not as engineering oriented.”

The biggest challenge confronting Jamison is his Mac computer. He would prefer to work on the desktop he constructed. “You get the gratification of using something you built yourself,” Jamison said.

This summer, Jamison is constructin an electronic replica of the structures around the Soil Vapor Treatment Facility E East Landing Mat (VTFE ELM). Scientists are working to heat the well water at VTFE ELM in an effort to quicken the flow of VOCs.

Jamison uses the program AutoCAD to make these 3D maps. He learned to use the program at Delta College, where he earned his certification in mechanical and electrical engineering. He will return to school in the fall to work on advanced degrees in both fields.

Jamison grew up not far from the Lab in Linden. Though he has stayed close to home, his adventurous impulses have not been tempered — his interests outside of the Lab go far beyond building hard drives.

“I like to surf, I like to snowboard,” said Jamison enthusiastically. “Basically you name it and I’ll try it.”

As for his plans after school, Jamison, a self-proclaimed perfectionist, plans on working for himself as an electronics engineer.

He also provided the leadership and insight that increased the scientific collaborative efforts of U.S. inertial confinement fusion research internationally and across departmental lines in the United States.