UTEP Signs MOU with Fort Bliss for Internship Program with Brigade Modernization Command
October 16, 2013 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
The University of Texas at El Paso and Fort Bliss will be announcing their new BMC & UTEP Internship Program on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. in the BMC headquarters foyer in Hinman Hall, 2 Sheridan Road (enter through Pershing gate and take first left at stop sign to first building on right).
The internship provides both undergraduates with senior standing and graduate students with coaching, teaching and mentoring to bolster real-world skills and opportunities for post-graduation employment. Students commit to a full academic year of interning with the Brigade Modernization Command (BMC) and participate in two Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) semi-annual evaluations designed to integrate and mature the Army's tactical network. The internship could also bolster the potential for future employment with the Department of Defense and its industry partners.
"We here at BMC are excited to begin this internship program with The University of Texas at El Paso," said Brig. Gen. John W. Charlton, Commanding General of the Brigade Modernization Command. "This is a great opportunity for the students to work with military technology and gain experience working with soldiers. It's also a great opportunity for us, since we will have the opportunity to interact with very talented young people and help them achieve their internship objectives. In addition, this internship program is representative of the strong relationship between Fort Bliss and the El Paso community."
The Brigade Modernization Command is an organization of 225 military personnel, Department of the Army civilians and defense contractors who focus on Army modernization. The entity conducts evaluations of the Army's tactical network and emerging capabilities, making recommendations on doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities.
The BMC's experts include network, system and software engineers; system analysts; public affairs/strategic communications; social networking/media; information assurance; modeling & simulation; logistics; intelligence planning/threat assessments; and training.
"This new internship agreement with the Brigade Modernization Command represents a tremendous opportunity for UTEP students to gain real-world experience working with the Army's premier test and evaluation platform for equipment and network systems," said Michael R. Smith, J.D., Ph.D, Vice Provost at UTEP. "Across engineering, computer science, and the liberal arts, this program will help many UTEP students and allow the Army to benefit from their talents. We are grateful to the BMC for initiating this new internship program with UTEP, and we are excited to see it develop and grow in the years to come."
The students selected for this initial round of internships are: Master of Science in Systems Engineering candidates Thomas Brown, Jose Cerino, Juan Pablo Fernandez, David Herrera, Alfonso Hidrogo, Omeiza Jatto, Arturo Martinez and James Treftz; Masters of Science in Software Engineering candidate Alejandro Cano; Masters of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Studies candidate Matthew Harding; Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering candidate Noel Martinez; Bachelors of Arts in Organization/Corporate Communication Lannie Lee Mendez-Patton; and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design candidate Phillip Romero.