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Eight Clark State Community College and four Central State University Students are working at Avetec on Cyber Security, High Performance Clustered Computing, and Convergence technology projects with Clark State faculty this summer.

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Avetec/Clark State NSF Interns Visit Cyrus One Data CenterAvetec means Interns!
May 27 to August 9, 2013

Nine Clark State Community College and Central State University students worked at Avetec for the summer of 2013. Their projects focused on cybersecurity for three technical areas: High Performance Computing, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and the electric power SMART grid. In addition, students from UDRI (University of Dayton Research Institute) and one from Wittenberg joined the team focusing on modeling of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flights, Additive Manufacturing, and Communications.

 

Internship Showcase
August 6, 2013

An intern showcase on August 6, 2013, highlighted the research that each team had done throughout the summer. Each intern team presented its results and fielded questions about their research. The audience included Ohio Senator Chris Widener, Ohio Representative Robert Hackett, Clark State President Jo Blondin, WPAFB representatives, many other college and business people, and nine former Avetec interns who are now employed in the community.

 

Hackfest 2013
August 7-8, 2013

The cybersecurity interns were involved in a competition held at AFIT (Air Force Institute of Technology) called Hackfest. Here the teams were able to test their ability in applying the skills they learned in Hacking computers. The competition between two teams were to see who could Hack into the computer faster than the other.

 

Team Bonding
May 27 to August 9, 2013

Team building exercises were aimed at improving communication and decision-making techniques and helped the interns develop skills to relate to management requirements: quality, safety, and creative problem-solving.

 

Avetec/Clark State NSF Interns Visit Cyrus One Data CenterGaining tools for the future
June 6, 2013

The interns were trained and received certificates for Palantir, an advanced analytics platform for tracking and analyzing large data sets. Each intern learned the basics of the program and the ways in which they could use the program for collaborative projects. One intern, Trevor Ferryman, and Clark State faculty member Dan Heighton, were also certified as Palantir trainers during the summer program.

 

Interns learned from guest speakers and field trips
Summer 2013

Avetec had many guests this summer who shared their knowledge and expertise with the interns. There were a wide range of people who stopped in, including: 3 people from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, the ingoing and outgoing Presidents of Clark State Community College, as well as representatives from the FBI. They also were able to visit WPAFB Defense Shared Super-Computing Center, Lexis Nexis, and the University of Indiana's Super Computing Center (pictured above). The interns got to see a peek inside of future career opportunities that they may not have even thought of as options before. Every guest was open to answering questions and giving the interns the story about where they started off and what it took for them to get where they are now.

 

Cyber Security Internship Wraps-up with Hackfest
August 8-9, 2012

Clark State Community College President Dr. Karen Rafinski, Central State University Vice-President Dr. Willie Houston, and other community leaders viewed the interns demonstrating their ability to protect computer systems from hacking attacks.

 

Avetec/Clark State NSF Interns Visit Cyrus One Data CenterAvetec/Clark State NSF Interns Visit Cyrus One Data Center
July 20, 2012

Avetec/Clark State NSF interns, along with Avetec’s Chief Technology Officer Jeff Dalton and Executive Director of Education/Workforce Development Cathy S. Balas, visited the Cyrus One Data Center located in Lebanon, Ohio. Ryan Boots, Cyrus One Business Development Manager, shared information with the interns about the growth of the data center industry and the technical specifications which meet the power, cooling, and connectivity needs of businesses locating at Cyrus One data centers. The students also gained business insight into a rapidly growing career field which will require cybersecurity skills for the high performance computing environment in major data center operations.

 

Faculty Externship/Student Internship at PNNLFaculty Externship/Student Internship at PNNL
July 19, 2012

A “hands on” experience means getting to work directly on a large cluster of high performance computers for Clark State Professor Dan Heighton and Avetec intern Ben Schneider at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL). One goal of the faculty externship/student internship team approach is to allow faculty to identify new ideas to use in their classroom teaching. Professor Heighton comments, “I really get to see the latest in industry and government requirements so that I can help prepare my students to be effective in those environments.”

 

Avetec and Wittenberg Partner for NSF Robert Noyce Teacher ScholarshipAvetec and Wittenberg Partner for NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship
June 28, 2012

Avetec's partnership with Wittenberg University for the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program has provided Wittenberg student Kimberly Lykens an internship at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories this summer. Kimberly's research project focuses on purification and characterization of microbial proteins important in metal redox transformation. She is also working to develop methods to incorporate scientific research into the K-12 classroom as a part of her project to help excite and prepare the next generation of scientists.

 

Avetec Interns Using Palantir

Wittenberg University Discusses Cybersecurity Research with Avetec Interns
June 12, 2012

Dr. Elma Lee Moore, Dean of the School of Community Education at Wittenberg University, met with the Avetec interns to discuss their cybersecurity research and brainstorm issues that end users want to know about cybersecurity.

 

Avetec Interns Using Palantir

Avetec Interns Using Palantir
June 11, 2012

Avetec interns are using Palantir, an advanced analytics platform, for tracking and analyzing cyber-attacks and cyber-defenses as part of their work on a National Science Foundation/Pacific Northwest National Laboratories research project and Air Force Institute of Technology Cybersecurity Boot Camp.

 

Cybersecurity Internships at AvetecCybersecurity Internships at Avetec
June 4, 2012

Cybersecurity internships are underway at Avetec. The program, which includes virtual participation in the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Cybersecurity boot camp and a High Performance Computing (HPC) cybersecurity research project with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL), runs from June 4 through August 10, 2012.

Interns pictured from left to right: Cory Gaston, Clark State Community College; Courtnay Dollinger, Wittenberg University; Don Wheeler, Clark State Community College; Rob Dean, Clark State Community College; Devon Love, Central State University; Aaron Lyons, Clark State Community College; and Ben Schneider; Clark State Community College.

 

Cathy Balas, Dan Heighton and Ben Schneider Courtnay Dollinger and Devon Love

Cybersecurity Intern/Extern Project
Cathy Balas, Avetec Executive Director, Education/Workforce Development, Clark State Professor Dan Heighton, Clark State intern Ben Schneider, Central State intern Devon Love, and Wittenberg intern Courtnay Dollinger began work for the Cybersecurity intern/extern project in May, preparing materials and equipment and setting-up Palantir software plans for the project which begins June 4, 2012.

 

Kristen Edwards Kristen Edwards

National Science Foundation-funded internship program
In the Spring of 2011, a film crew for Boston public television station WGBH-TV profiled Kristen Edwards, one of Avetec’s second-year interns participating in the National Science Foundation-funded internship program.  Edwards is attending Clark State cyber security classes and double majoring in math and computer science at Central State.
Click here to view the video.

2012 Summer Internship opportunities 2012 Summer Internship opportunities

2012 Summer Internship opportunities
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - Clark State and Avetec host an informational session for 2012 Summer Internship opportunities

 

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Community College Interns, Using Bright Cluster Manager, Design and Implement HPC Clusters at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
April 18, 2012

Avetec and Clark State Community College interns have garnered national attention for designing and implementing HPC clusters and associated supporting infrastructures at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a Department of Energy national research laboratory, and at Avetec in Springfield. A press release from Bright Computing can be found at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/4/prweb9410408.htm.

Avetec and Clark State Featured on NSF Website

Avetec and Clark State Featured on NSF Website
November 10, 2011

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently featuring Avetec and Clark State Community College for their partnership in providing cybersecurity internships to local college students.  NSF commends the two organizations for their role in immersing the students in the fields of cybersecurity and high performance computing.  On its website, NSF also showcases a video about Kristin Edwards, a second-year student of the internship program who discovered a new path with computers through the cybersecurity internship. [pdf]
Click here to view the feature on the NSF website

Avetec students selected for NSF conference

Avetec and Clark State Featured in Washington, D.C. at the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Conference
November 3, 2011

Two Clark State students were selected by the American Community College Association to attend the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) conference. 

Todd Shroyer

The Internship Path to Employment
October 31, 2011

Last summer, Todd Shroyer, an Urbana resident and student at Clark State Community College travelled to Washington State to intern at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) in Richland.

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Avetec Interns recognized locally and nationally for research funded by the National Science Foundation
April 7, 2011

On Wednesday, April 6, a film crew for Boston public television station WGBH-TV came to Avetec to profile Kristen Edwards, one of Avetec’s second-year interns participating in the National Science Foundation-funded internship program. 

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Avetec Interns Present Research Findings at Showcase
August 12, 2010

Twelve Clark State Community College and Central State University interns presented research project findings on high performance computing, convergence technologies and simulation projects during an intern showcase at Avetec today.

College students

Microsoft, Intel to Support Local College Internship Program with Avetec's DICE Program
July 20, 2010

HPC Wire covers Avetec's Intern outreach programs

Clark State interns

Microsoft® and Intel® to Support Local College Internship Program with Avetec’s DICE Program
June 30, 2010

This summer, a dozen Clark State Community College and Central State University students will take part in a new model of computer science internship training led by Clark State Community College and Avetec.

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A Visit to Pacific Northwest National Laboratories
April 26, 2010

Avetec visits Pacific Northwest National Laboratories planning student internships and faculty externships working through a National Science Foundation grant.

NSF Mentor Links

NSF Mentor Links
October 30, 2008

Dan Heighton and Jane Cape from Clark State Community College and Cathy Balas from Avetec are among the ten American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) grantees for the 2008-2010 MentorLinks program.


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