Nurturing Under-Represented Engineering Students

GEM fellow Britney Johnson

This year, MITRE welcomed three new GEM fellows—Sylmarie Davila-Montero, Britney Johnson, and Damian Miralles—as part of our program in collaboration with the National GEM Consortium. All three are currently working on a master's degree or doctorate.

Founded in 1976, GEM is a non-profit that works to promote the participation of under-represented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). GEM partners with corporations and universities to offer students the opportunity to attain graduate degrees through paid internships and full tuition assistance.

MITRE has a long history with GEM. Its precursor was a program set up for MITRE by the dean of engineering at Howard University to provide better access to graduate training among minority engineers. Over the past 29 years, more than 70 GEM fellows have interned at MITRE. In addition, 12 former fellows have been hired by MITRE. President and CEO Alfred Grasso formerly served as president of GEM's Board of Directors.

"It has been an incredible experience," says Damian Miralles, who is currently helping to implement our Precision Time Protocol laboratory. "MITRE has been a home for this short period, and I am really excited for the challenges that I have faced and for the pleasure of knowing such great co-workers and mentors."