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GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER CHAPTER - Apr 28, 2016

Cyber Engineer Speaks About FFRDCs

In April, Theresa Giorlando, principal cyber engineer for the MITRE Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska, spoke with the chapter about the business, which is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC). Giorlando clarified that FFRDCs are nonprofit organizations. Their focus is to help deliver outcomes to make the nation great. There are 40 different FFRDCs that work with various organizations, including the U.S. government. They provide convenient pockets of specialized talent for government use. FFRDC organizations are not in competition with industry, so they have no commercial conflicts of interest, and they neither manufacture nor create products. Giorlando discussed MITRE's mission to look at problems that may occur down the road. She pointed out that MITRE is congressionally capped in size. In addition, the average experience level of a MITRE employee is 25 years of scientific or technical expertise, with capabilities ranging from critical problem solving to science and mathematics, social sciences and systems engineering. Giorlando concluded by emphasizing MITRE's role as a trusted adviser.

Event Photographs:

Chapter President Lt. Col. Sarah Cleveland, USAF (r), presents a chapter coin to April luncheon speaker Theresa Giorlando, principal cyber engineer, MITRE Corporation.
Chapter President Lt. Col. Sarah Cleveland, USAF (r), presents a chapter coin to April luncheon speaker Theresa Giorlando, principal cyber engineer, MITRE Corporation.
The chapter gave a total of $1,800 to winners in the Omaha Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair, including (l-r): Anjali Pullabhotla; Shruthi Kumar; Patrick Rogers; Edward Niemann; Ethan Britt; Syriuz Pittman; Emma Boldt; Jonathon Baltimore; and Grace Erixon.
The chapter gave a total of $1,800 to winners in the Omaha Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair, including (l-r): Anjali Pullabhotla; Shruthi Kumar; Patrick Rogers; Edward Niemann; Ethan Britt; Syriuz Pittman; Emma Boldt; Jonathon Baltimore; and Grace Erixon.
Kumar (l), an eighth-grader at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska, describes her science fair project to Dorest Harvey (c), the chapter's member at large, and Giorlando in April.
Kumar (l), an eighth-grader at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska, describes her science fair project to Dorest Harvey (c), the chapter's member at large, and Giorlando in April.

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