Starting June 26th, our own Brandon Simms '19 will be participating in a four-week long internship with Lockheed Martin! Brandon will be joining the Engineering Technology Cyber Solutions Division, learning about software defined radios (SDR), which provide a first step in understanding radio wave signal transmissions.
Brandon will be working with the esteemed Dr. Charles Johnson-Bey, who has performed engineering research for more than 21 years with Motorola, Corning, and now for Lockheed Martin. Dr. Johnson-Bey was previously a professor of electrical engineering at Morgan State University, and holds a Master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. As a personal goal, Dr. Johnson-Bey has expressed interest in training the next generation of engineers, including Brandon.
"I look forward to working with Dr. Johnson-Bey and those at Lockheed Martin who are older and experienced to see exactly what they do and how they live," Brandon shared with us. "I have always loved working with computers, electronics and games. This will give me a new perspective on the field and what area I might like to study." Brandon, only a sophomore this year, did tell us he is a bit nervous as he is the first high school student to receive an internship to work in this particular program (SDR) at Lockheed Martin.
Brandon currently takes a full schedule of studies and honors level classes, including Honors Cisco Network Administration I and Honors Geometry/Trigonometry. He is also a member of the BMHS Aviation Club and wants very much to learn to fly a plane. Next year, he will continue advancing his honors level computer and science studies, as well as joining the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentoring Professional Club here at Bishop McNamara.
Lockheed Martin works with internships and co-ops to inspire the next generation of engineers, thus creating a pipeline of future talent. With the need to hire 60,000 new engineers within the next five to 10 years, they believe it is crucial to invest in students who are passionate about pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Congratulations Brandon! We can't wait to hear how the internship goes!