Recruiting the next generation of engineers and scientists was a key initiative for DEVCOM during the Great Minds in STEM conference that was held virtually October 11-22, 2021.
Representatives from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, or DEVCOM’s, eight centers and lab participated in the career fair, interviewing candidates around the country. DEVCOM is the Army’s largest technology developer and employs more than 14,000 personnel in 100 locations around the world.
The theme for the 33rd annual GMiS conference was "First-Class Diversity, World-Class STEM." GMiS is a non-profit organization that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers in diverse underserved communities. The conference featured recruitment and career networking with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and top-tier graduate schools interested in hiring minority engineering and technology college students, undergraduates, post doctorates, executives from engineering academic institutions and executives in the engineering community.
“DEVCOM remains committed to the development and support of STEM capabilities in underserved and underrepresented educational institutions. Engaging in sponsorships with events like GMiS gives us direct connection to our commitment to diversity. These institutions provide a wealth of knowledge and diversity of thought and perspective, which is critical to the success of DEVCOM's unique mission,” said Deborah Dawson, DEVCOM Human Resources director.
During the two day career fair held October 21-22, DEVCOM representatives interviewed 30 prospective candidates and extended one letter of intent. The DEVCOM team, which has access to an additional 545 resumes stored in the Yello Talent Acquisition Platform for future career opportunities, plans to conduct follow-up calls to five more candidates.
The event supports several efforts in DEVCOM’s Campaign Plan — to recruit, train and maintain a diverse and highly skilled workforce of scientists, engineers and supporting staff, and to create awareness of the command. It also aligns with DEVCOM’s Future of Work program, which supports attracting and retaining ‘the best talent anywhere’ and forming dispersed, cross-competency/cross-organization teams that support DEVCOM’s mission to rapidly deliver integrated solutions for Soldiers. Other key features of the Future of Work program include remote work, flexible work schedules and innovative hiring practices.
“Events such as this one are great for the DEVCOM team to continue building relationships and spread the word about the great work we do. We want prospective candidates to know the Army, AFC and DEVCOM are top places to work,” Dawson said.
To see a list of current DEVCOM job openings, visit the DEVCOM job board.
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, is home to thousands of the Army’s scientists, engineers, technicians, and analysts located around the globe that leverage cutting-edge technologies to empower the American Warfighter with the data and abilities to see, sense, make decisions and act faster than our adversaries – today and in the future.
As part of Army Futures Command, Team DEVCOM takes risks to find new solutions every single day. Our experts drive innovation, improve existing technologies, and engineer solutions to technical limitations. Our work goes beyond theory to simulation and prototyping. We take potential S&T solutions from the lab “into the dirt” for experimentation alongside Soldiers. DEVCOM prides itself as a global ecosystem of innovators, from world-class universities and large defense contractors, to small minority-owned businesses and allied international partners.