Student Information

Student Name

Justin Joseph




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Picatinny Arsenal

Mentor(s):Mr. Edward Petersen, Mr. Don Palathinkal, Mr. Shah

Topic of Internship

STEM Outreach, Engineering, Technology

Background Information

"Picatinny Arsenal is the Joint Center of Excellence for Armaments and Munitions, providing products and services to all branches of the U.S. military. Nestled in the northern New Jersey skylands, our team of 5,000-strong specializes in the research, development, acquisition, and lifecycle management of advanced conventional weapon systems and advanced ammunition. "Our mission is to support the Army's transformation goals. We streamline the acquisition process and deliver the armaments that Soldiers need exactly when they need them - and at an affordable price. We have established increasingly close partnerships with universities and industry partners, involving them in collaborative efforts early in the research and development process." "Picatinny uses unique laboratories and special facilities to evaluate prototype designs, thus reducing development cycle time. These facilities are also available to contractors and other government agencies that are part of the national energetic consortium established by Picatinny and the Army Research Laboratory." "The Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Office was created to provide outreach support and career awareness for students in the K-12 educational system. Support for our efforts comes from educational organizations, contractors, government, defense, and the military. We are part of the National Defense Education Program (NDEP). The Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) has formed an alliance with DOTC to combine resources in support of STEM education. We provide free outreach assistance for students, teachers, and school systems with the intent to increase the number of students selecting STEM careers and improve the technological competence of the overall U.S. population." -Picatinny Arsenal Websites-

Summary of Internship

When I interned at Picatinny Arsenal, I mainly resided in the DOTC STEM office, where I helped the office develop ideas of outreach towards students for STEM related careers, especially for the Department of Defense. On one occasion, I also had to read through a fifty page report and summarize key points for my mentor to emphasize during an important meeting. On another occasion, I made an informational memo for new teams about the FIRST Tech Challenge I was involved in for two years. In addition to helping the office with other various tasks, I met with many other scientists and engineers in the labs on base. This provided me with exposure to the many facilities and responsibilities to the Arsenal and its different departments. I attended meetings with several FIRST Robotics Competition mentors from the Arsenal, discussing topics such as: the current season's challenge, difficulties the teams were facing, and different mechanisms applied to the robots to complete the task. I was also able to meet with engineers in the Armaments Integration Facility and Collaboration & Innovation Lab to get lots of hands-on experience with mechanical and electrical engineering concepts, mechanisms, and technology. This internship requires creativity, discipline, enthusiasm, a positive attitude, a strong engineering and technology background, and promptness with assigned tasks and documents. Overall, this internship experience was amazing and taught me so much about the engineering work the Department of Defense runs at Picatinny Arsenal and my desired fields of engineering and technology.

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