For Federal Employees: A New Fellowship Program in Systems Engineering
The mission of MITRE's Federal Employee Fellowship Program is to provide federal employees with a leadership experience in systems engineering.
Objectives of the program are to:
- Help enhance capabilities of the federal systems engineering workforce.
- Create a development opportunity for a small number of selected mid- and senior-level federal employees that enriches them, their host government agencies, and MITRE.
- Further develop long-term relationships between MITRE and government organizations.
- Offer federal employee fellows a tailored program that blends systems engineering project work, mentoring, research, and instruction.
Launched in 2009, the Federal Employee Fellowship Program establishes long-term partnership agreements that enable certain government organizations to assign their employees to MITRE. These employees must first be recommended by their own government organizations.
Depending on the sponsoring government organization, fellowships may be as short as two to four months, or as long as nine to twelve months. Each fellow is assigned a MITRE mentor and a mix of project work, research, and instruction customized to the individual's experience, skills, and interests. Fellows receive a high-quality, fast-track experience that develops their leadership potential in systems engineering. They remain connected to the program as alumni following completion of their fellowship.
Fellowships for federal employees, both military and civilian, are available through their appropriate government organizations. Employees in the Air Force, Army, Navy/Marines, and others in the Department of Defense, such as healthcare professionals, are currently eligible. Representation may be broadened across additional federal organizations in the future.
"Because of MITRE's expertise in systems engineering and partnerships with multiple government organizations, we can give our fellows a diverse array of learning experiences," says Lou Metzger, senior vice president and corporate chief engineer. "That exposure, and the opportunity to integrate across our work programs, is something that MITRE is uniquely positioned to offer."
What Do Fellows Learn?
By participating in MITRE's multi-agency work program, fellows learn systems engineering leadership skills in a variety of domains. For example, fellows may focus on national security topics such as cybersecurity, command and control, ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance), or net-centric operations. Alternatively, other fellows may concentrate on how enterprise systems engineering can be applied to solve complex healthcare problems.
MITRE's federal employee fellows will have the opportunity to learn about the dynamic relationships among different government agencies such as the DoD, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, and civilian agencies. Acquiring a broad, strategic viewpoint across the government domain will prepare them to meet today’s leadership challenges in systems engineering.
To become part of MITRE's Federal Employee Fellowship Program, you must be: 1) an employee of a partnering federal government organization, and 2) chosen by the appropriate decision-making authority in your organization. Please check with your own organization's senior management about participating in MITRE's program.
To partner in MITRE's new federal employee fellowship program, government organizations and their representatives should contact:
Dr. Janice A. Ziarko, Program Manager
MITRE Federal Employee Fellowship Program
Phone/Email: Access Employee Directory
Profiles of Recent Fellows
U.S. Air Force Major Sean McKay was a 2009 participant in MITRE's new Federal Employee Fellowship program. While at MITRE, he researched unmanned aerial systems and theater ballistic missile defense. McKay had been chief of the National Reconnaissance Office's Legislative Liaison Branch. Previously, he worked closely with MITRE staff at the Air Force's Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.
Mike Ferraro, a competency lead engineer with the Marine Corps Systems Command, is the first civilian participant in MITRE's Federal Employee Fellowship program. He is hosted in MITRE's Naval Programs Directorate division where he's contributing to the company's work with the Missile Defense Agency. During his nine-month fellowship, Ferraro will gain leadership experience in systems engineering, especially with the system-of-systems approach.