Education

July 1, 2019
By Chief Warrant Officer 4 Judy M. Esquibel, USA
Maj. Gen John C. Harris Jr., ANG (c), the adjutant general, Ohio National Guard, observes training while the Cyber Mission Assurance Team (CMAT) conducts network assessments during exercise week of Cyber Shield 19 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The National Guard is standing up the teams to help secure the critical infrastructure that services U.S. Defense Department installations. U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. George B. Davis

As emerging technologies and capabilities permeate and dominate the military and critical infrastructure, a different skill set is required to secure the increasingly complex cyberspace realm. The Internet of Things will be both an asset and a liability in the future when the military incorporates it into operations, and urban environments will complicate these efforts.

Cyber warfare continues to evolve with ever-changing innovation and technology, increasing critical infrastructure defense. In addition, with the onset of smart cities, the U.S. military in general, and the U.S. Army in particular, is exploring gaps in training and education related to operating in dense, super-connected urban areas.

November 1, 2018
By Terry Halvorsen

As I have said in previous articles, I believe it is important to national security and the success of the country that we consider how to get young people more involved in STEM. Diversity also is important. While nearly as many women hold undergraduate degrees as men overall, they make up only about 30 percent of all STEM degree holders.

I thought it would be interesting and educational to get the perspective of a young woman majoring in engineering at Vanderbilt University, where 31 percent of engineering students are women, slightly above the national average.

September 13, 2018
By Ali Cybulski
A researcher from the American Chemical Society—an NSF INCLUDES award recipient—works at St. Jude’s Research Hospital. The society received a $400,000 alliance award. Credit: Biomedical Communications­–St. Jude’s Research Hospital

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued new awards in its program called INCLUDES—Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science. The awards will support the program’s next step, which is to develop a national network that will enhance U.S. leadership in STEM by broadening participation in those disciplines.

September 1, 2018
 
Lt. Gen. Otto Guenther, USA (Ret.) (c), presents the AFCEA “Sparky” Baird Award for Research Excellence in June to Maura K. Styczynski for her paper “Blockchain: Buzzword or Breakthrough” at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy alongside the school’s commandant, Maj. Gen. John Jansen, USMC.

Innovation in the defense and technology fields is one of AFCEA International’s foremost goals. Nothing encapsulates that aspiration more than the research awards the association sponsors at the armed forces’ institutes of higher learning all around the country.

Research papers are chosen for awards based on their academic rigor and ability to communicate ideas. Subjects vary, but they primarily focus on cutting-edge topics in defense technology and intelligence. They explore defense applications in fields where AFCEA members are leading innovation, such as artificial intelligence.

August 1, 2018
 
Staff Sgt. Jenna Saenz, USAF, American Military University (l), receives a 2017 War Veterans Scholarship from her commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jonathan Dietrich, USAF, 661st Aeronautical Systems Squadron.

AFCEA’s commitment to supporting both STEM education and military personnel comes together in the AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship. Biannual merit-based $2,500 scholarships are awarded to active-duty service members and honorably discharged veterans of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan who are enrolled in undergraduate courses in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) fields.

The scholarship is facilitated by the AFCEA Educational Foundation in partnership with AFCEA’s Northern Virginia Chapter. Applications are due in March and November.

May 14, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Army, and in particular, the Communications-Electronics Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, needs talented STEM graduates, shares Larry Muzzelo, deputy to the commanding general at the command.

Science, technology, engineering and math education and skills are necessary for the Army and the country to remain competitive, experts say. Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), known as the "home of innovation" for the Army, needs these so-called STEM graduates in its ranks to successfully go forward, an expert says.

April 6, 2018
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: American Corporate Partners

A common thread in the issue of U.S. cybersecurity today is the need for talent. Everyone—including industry and government—is struggling to keep up.

Timothy Cochrane and the team at American Corporate Partners (ACP) have developed a secret sauce to help combat the shortage of cybersecurity workers. And they have the stats to back it up.

Founded in 2008, ACP is a national nonprofit assisting post-9/11 veterans in their transition from the military to the civilian workforce. ACP focuses on mentoring, career counseling and professional networking.

April 1, 2018
By Szu-Moy Toves
Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School students (l-r) Gifford, Salas, Medina and Sara Owen conduct a lab on sedimentary rocks using new supplies purchased with a grant funded by the Alamo Chapter.

The Alamo Chapter recently awarded a $1,000 STEM Teaching Tools Grant to Amanda Pelletier of Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School in Texas. She began the school year with a brand-new class and curriculum, Earth and science, but budget restraints meant that Pelletier had to spend her own money to build the program. She believes in sharing science with young people, so she set aside funds for the new class.

“Teachers don’t make a whole lot of money, but I really do believe in this program and getting the students interested in STEM,” Pelletier said.

August 30, 2017
 
Defense Collaboration Services will offer training sessions this fall for DOD superusers.

Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) will offer superuser training several times over the next few months, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced on August 30. The training is designed to help frequent DCS users to improve their collaboration expertise across the Department of Defense. 

The training is available to anyone in the DOD, including contractors. The class will be offered four different times: September 5 at 3 p.m.; October 3 at 9 a.m.; November 7 at 11 a.m.; or December 5 at 3 p.m. (Eastern time).  

Upon completion of the training, DCS will issue a certificate designating the employee as a DCS superuser. 

June 7, 2017
By Breann Pendleton
Attending conference sessions like this one from the 2016 DCOS can help you earn certifications. Photo by Michael Carpenter

CompTIA has sweetened the pot for participants of an inaugural five-hour mini-boot camp offered next week at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium (DCOS) in Baltimore.

Participants of the entire mini-boot camp, which showcases CompTIA’s newest security certification, the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+), will receive a free 30-day CSA+ Practice Lab evaluation license.

February 16, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded 33 scientists $16 million through its 2017 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The winners’ research holds strong promise across several naval-relevant science and technology areas. Typical grants are $510,000 over a three-year period.

The candidates were selected from more than 360 highly qualified applicants. Awardees come from 25 academic institutions nationwide, in disciplines ranging from robotics and lasers to nanomaterials. They will use the funds to support laboratory equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships, and other expenses critical to ongoing and planned investigational studies.

January 24, 2017
 

Northrop Grumman Corporation is now accepting applications for its engineering scholars competition, which will provide $192,000 in college scholarships this year to promising high school seniors graduating from Maryland schools interested in studying engineering, according to a news release. Additionally, the company will award 26 scholarships to students who live near company campuses in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Utah and Virginia.

September 1, 2016
 
Mansur Hasib, chair of the graduate cybersecurity technology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, presents the 2015 AFCEA STEM Major Scholarship for Diversity Students to Kiara Jones, a graduate.

The AFCEA Educational Foundation’s motto, “Dedication to Excellence in Education,” is as relevant today as when the organization was established in 1979. The foundation’s program of scholarships, grants and awards continues to support students, teachers, military personnel in training and future scientists and engineers in the hard science and technology disciplines.

July 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Natalie Givans, senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, says businesses and other organizations must appeal to the passions of young women who are well-qualified for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs to draw them to these disciplines.

Employers today face a scarcity of qualified candidates for coveted jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM—jobs widely regarded as vital to U.S. economic and military strength. One key reason for the lack of skilled workers is gender inequities, which share as much of the blame for the dearth of diversity in these fields.

July 1, 2016
By Maryann Lawlor
Engineering always fascinated Mylene Frances Lee, a technical team lead at ASM Research. After trying a couple of other fields, she landed a job in technology 21 years ago and has watched the woman-led company go from 40 employees to more than 400.

For some women, following the dream of a computer-programming career takes a pretty indirect route. Consider Mylene Frances Lee, who landed at ASM Research despite earning a seemingly unrelated degree in family life and child development. But maybe that is not such a bad background for someone who ended up working with a bunch of screen junkies.

Lee considered many careers. A native of the Philippines, she always was interested in computers. But when the time came to choose a major, she discovered that the University of the Philippines’ engineering college, although open to all, was entirely male. Instead, she decided to major in accounting. 

February 18, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. military veterans can seek reimbursements for Amazon Web Services (AWS) information technology and technical certification exam costs under an agreement forged with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans covered under a GI Bill with an education provision can submit reimbursement requests for exams completed after December 10, 2015. The VA will cover exam fees up to $2,000.

AWS certifications recognize information technology (IT) professionals with the technical skills and expertise to design, deploy and operate applications and infrastructure on AWS. The company offers exams in multiple languages at testing centers around the world.

February 1, 2016
 
The Copernicus Award program recognizes individuals from the sea services who have made a significant, demonstrable contribution to naval warfare in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I), information systems and information warfare.

One of the AFCEA Educational Foundation’s important functions includes administering the Copernicus Award program. Each year since 1997, the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) have recognized individuals who have made a significant, demonstrable contribution to naval warfare in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I), information systems and information warfare by the presentation of the Copernicus Award. These awards are cosponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and the AFCEA Educational Foundation.

January 1, 2016
 
STEM teacher Ray Johnston and his Chem-Science Club students at Hancock Middle/Senior High School in Maryland show his $1,000 Gravely Grant.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Grants program for the AFCEA Educational Foundation is named in honor of the foundation’s first executive director, Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely, USN (Ret.). Adm. Gravely became the first executive director of the foundation in 1983. He initiated the science and technology teacher tool grants program that has become a key incentive for kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms.

September 1, 2015
By Lawrence Reeves and Javier Chagoya
Attending the NPS ceremony recognizing AFCEA academic award winners are Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) (front row, left), former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Keith Alexander, USA (Ret.) (front row, right), former director of the National Security Agency.

Gen. George C. Marshall, Army chief of staff during World War II, was no stranger to the Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California. In 1917, he organized and led training there for 1,200 officers. Education has been a part of life at this famous resort since it opened on June 10, 1880. It has hosted a Navy preflight school and became home to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in 1951.

July 1, 2015
 
As the top graduate of iCollege’s Advanced Management Program, the FBI’s David Lubinsky (l) receives an AFCEA award from Gen. Dubia.

Since the inaugural academic award for excellence was presented to a graduating cadet at the United States Military Academy in 1947, the AFCEA Educational Foundation has sponsored awards at the nation’s service academies and other military educational institutions. In addition, the top commissioning ROTC cadet in each service and midshipman are similarly recognized with an AFCEA Honor Award.

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