The MITRE Corporation joined the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering department students and faculty on October 8th for Pizza My Mind. MITRE is a not-for-profit organization created to serve the public interest by focusing on science and technology and solving problems for the country. MITRE has seven Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). Presenters Lowell Asher (Project Leader and Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer) and Amndeep Mann (Hampton Roads STEM Outreach Coordinator) work out of the Hampton location under the National Security and Engineering Center FFRDC.
Mr. Asher, who is also a member of the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering Industry Advisory Board, spoke proudly of the culture at MITRE. There, the environment is similar to an academic setting; grace and respect are important. Work is peer reviewed and coworkers address each other by their first name. There are community building opportunities such as local volunteering. In addition, MITRE made sure to take care of their employees when everyone started working from home due to Covid-19. Employees were given laptops and smartphones so they could continue to access the internet and their work.
MITRE is passionate about learning and research. They offer technical conferences, engage in knowledge sharing, and have an Innovation Program to encourage independent research in disruptive technologies. Additionally, there are supplemental technical courses as well as courses to develop business and management skills. Not only that, but MITRE also offers loan assistance, tuition reimbursement, and bonuses for degree completion.
MITRE is looking to hire summer interns to work in emerging technologies. Requirements include being a US citizen or permanent resident, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and being a current student or recent graduate. Interns work directly with sponsors and mentors and are often offered full time positions for post-graduation.
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Thank you to MITRE and presenters Lowell Asher and Amndeep Mann for your awesome presentation!