Career opportunities highlighted during the 2015 Academia Day

November 13, 2015

By Tracie R. Dean, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • Academia Day is a one-day informational forum for collegiate educators, career counselors and administrators from neighboring colleges and universities to gain an understanding of and to ignite interests in federal service. The event is used as a local platform to promote and market the U.S. Army Material Command's 1,000 Intern Initiative which is designed to help attract the next generation of talent to civilian service and provide a conduit between students and federal jobs.
  • The latter portion of the event consisted of attendee tours of AMC subordinate organization's display areas located in the C4ISR courtyard. ARL's exhibit display focus areas included Open Campus, technical highlights from the Material Sciences and Science for Lethality and Protection campaigns, Outreach and Human Resources.
  • While CECOM hosted last week's event adequately themed "Engage. Inspire. Attract," future events like these will be held annually with the next one scheduled to take place in October/November 2016.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory were among an exclusive group of invited agencies participating in the 2015 Academia Day held Friday, Oct. 23 in the Meyer Auditorium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Academia Day is a one-day informational forum for collegiate educators, career counselors and administrators from neighboring colleges and universities to gain an understanding of and to ignite interests in federal service. The event is used as a local platform to promote and market the U.S. Army Material Command's 1,000 Intern Initiative which is designed to help attract the next generation of talent to civilian service and provide a conduit between students and federal jobs.

Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command, provided opening remarks to the academic audience of attendees where he highlighted future opportunities that exist within AMC, the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and at APG.

"There are tremendous opportunities in the federal service for a valuable, fruitful and productive career. The problem seems to be that we don't seem to tell that story enough and that's on us. But we want you, our post-secondary academic professionals, to know about us and express upon your students, that federal service is a viable option upon graduation. One that appreciates and continues to develop talent," Via said.

Invitations were extended to 316 academic institutions within a 125 mile radius to include historically Black colleges and universities, Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander, American Indian, Alaska Native and Hispanic servicing institutions.

The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command hosted this year's Aberdeen-based event. CECOM Commanding General and Senior Installation Commander Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford credited Via for the Intern Initiative he created that affords students with opportunities to explore a range of federal career interests.

"It takes vision to look over the horizon and see the challenges pending and then commit to addressing those challenges. General Via has done that here by giving us this opportunity to do our part to address that challenge," Crawford said.

The latter portion of the event consisted of attendee tours of AMC subordinate organization's display areas located in the C4ISR courtyard. ARL's exhibit display focus areas included Open Campus, technical highlights from the material sciences and science for lethality and protection campaigns, outreach and human resources.

Steve Taulbee , ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, engaged attendees during tour stops. He discussed his protection and lethality materials and technologies display as well as some of the exciting research conducted in the Lethality and Protection Divisions where physics phenomenology and engineering science are utilized to provide advanced protection and lethality for our Soldiers.

"On the protection side of armor and materials, we do a lot of advanced armor designs and materials that go into the armors like ceramics and metals," Taulbee said. "We are more focused on providing a high-fidelity and innovative way of designing protection systems for vehicles and personnel that we call Adaptive Cooperative Protection."

Academic professionals were extremely interested in the upcoming Open Campus Open House, Outreach educational partnerships and employment opportunities offered at ARL.

Natalie Simon and Sarah Wheat of ARL's Human Resources office emphasized how beneficial Academia Day is for college administrators and their students who receive information on available federal internships and career opportunities.

"As a graduate from the University of Delaware located a little more than 45 minutes from here, I had no idea APG existed or what a civilian job was," Simon said. "Getting people to understand what it means to be an Army civilian, what job opportunities are located here at APG and the types of work performed at all the different organizations is important to the future of ARL and APG."

While CECOM hosted last week's event adequately themed "Engage. Inspire. Attract," future events like these will be held annually with the next one scheduled to take place in October/November 2016 and to be hosted by RDECOM.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is the nation's premier laboratory for land forces and is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is the nation's premier laboratory for land forces and is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.

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Last Update / Reviewed: November 13, 2015