• REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Behind the scenes in every organization, if you look close enough, you'll find a group of individuals that look just a little different from the rest of the workforce. They are young, eager, and young. It isn't that the regular workforce is old and not-so-eager, it's just that summer hires are usually young high school or college students, and they tend to stand out in the halls of any organization. 

This group of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command summer hires recently finished up the summer session here and are headed back to classes at colleges and high schools in and out of the state. 

Some are returning under work study programs, while others will move on to other areas or graduate. 

Pete Kirkland, Technical Advisor to the Director, Technical Center, USASMDC/ARSTRAT, served as a guiding mentor to the students while they were here. "All of the students were given engineering tasks in radar placement, simulation of counter rocket, artillery, mortar engagements with a gun system, laboratory design, etc.," Kirkland said. "They performed at the graduate engineer level here at USASMDC/ARSTRAT."

    USASMDC Summer Hires Return to School

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Behind the scenes in every organization, if you look close enough, you'll find a group of individuals that look just a little different from the rest of the workforce. They are young, eager, and young. It isn't that the regular...

  • Matthew Smith, a University of Alabama Huntsville student majoring in computer engineering, works on radar analysis and system simulation at the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center Concepts Analysis Lab. Smith was hired and assigned under the Students Working at the Army in Parallel program and is employed as a part-time contractor while he is in school. "I've had a great opportunity to work with Matlab, which is an interactive environment software system," Smith said. "The work we've done here outside of the classroom is really important in helping to decide on a career path," he shared.

    Engineering students work in lab to increase skills

    Matthew Smith, a University of Alabama Huntsville student majoring in computer engineering, works on radar analysis and system simulation at the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center Concepts Analysis Lab. Smith was hired and assigned under the Students...

  • Cadet Charles Pham, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., works on radar systems during his three week rotation at USASMDC/ARSTRAT. Pham came to USASMDC/ARSTRAT under the academy's optional summer Academic Individual Advanced Development Program. While working at USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center Concepts Analysis Lab, Pham said, "I owe a lot to Jonathan Radford who led me through his radar project, even though I was only going to be here three weeks. He had me work some parts of it so I could get a good idea what the program was about and how the system works." Pham will be majoring in Environmental Engineering at West Point.

    West Point cadet spends three weeks at USASMDC/ARSTRAT

    Cadet Charles Pham, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., works on radar systems during his three week rotation at USASMDC/ARSTRAT. Pham came to USASMDC/ARSTRAT under the academy's optional summer Academic Individual Advanced Development Program...

  • Charles Eger, a junior at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., joined USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center Concepts Analysis Lab as a summer hire. He has worked on coordinate transformations for Earth, viewer and vehicle centered coordinate systems for satellite tracking and space projectile intercepts. 

Eger utilized Matlab, software that does scientific and mathematical computing and visualization, during his training. 

"The summer hire experience allowed me to work on real life problems and begin to work through them on paper and using Matlab which was very satisfying," Eger said.

    Students given chance to learn new programming language

    Charles Eger, a junior at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., joined USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center Concepts Analysis Lab as a summer hire. He has worked on coordinate transformations for Earth, viewer and vehicle centered coordinate systems for...

  • Antoinette Evans is a Tuskegee University senior, with a double major in physics and aerospace science engineering. "The engineering department told us that representatives from USASMDC/ARSTRAT were here to interview for work/study programs. I immediately ran home, changed my clothes, and came in for an interview," Evans said. 

"There were five to eight of us that interviewed for the Students Working at the Army in Parallel program in which students work and go to school in a parallel program. I was the only female to interview and was excited to be one of the three selected," she said. 

Evans has been working on transformations and coordinate systems for tracking satellites and projectiles in space at the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center Concepts and Analysis Lab. "I've done a lot of computer work since I have been here," Evans stated. "But, even more reading," she said. Evans was given a book, "Methods of Orbit Determination," Pedro Ramon Escobal, when she arrived for some 'light' reading. 

"I carry that book around everywhere I go," Evans commented. "It's been a lifesaver for what I've been working on," she said. "Working here has allowed me to really think about the direction I want to take my career. It's helped me to select my classes based on some of the practical real-world work experience I have had working in the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Concepts and Analysis Lab," she said.

    Antoinette Evans and David Kohlhoff, USASMDC/ARSTRAT, work together on a peer project

    Antoinette Evans is a Tuskegee University senior, with a double major in physics and aerospace science engineering. "The engineering department told us that representatives from USASMDC/ARSTRAT were here to interview for work/study programs. I...

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