STEM Education for National Security

Expanding the STEM talent pipeline for national security

The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the nation’s largest employer of scientists and engineers, but routinely has trouble filling these important national security positions due to lack of qualified applicants. GSI seeks to expand the pipeline of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) talent interested in defense and security careers by providing novel educational experiences to learners — from primary school students to professionals seeking to develop new skill sets.

Focus areas

  • Hands-on educational experiences like hackathons.
  • High school internships in a university research lab.
  • Workforce development programs for defense and national security employers.
  • Unique educational experiences for middle and high school students, on topics such as cybersecurity and biotechnology.

Featured projects

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Free biotech education for high school students

ASU is helping introduce inquiry-based biotechnology education to more than 300 Arizona students, at no cost to them or their schools, and will expose some of the students to federally funded research at biotechnology laboratories. ASU is partnering with 10 Arizona secondary schools and Oak Ridge National Laboratory on this effort, part of the National Defense Education Program.

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Working closely with the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Fulton Schools of Engineering, GSI spearheaded an internship and employment program aimed at placing ASU students with military backgrounds in national laboratories.

A primer on working with artificial intelligence

A primer on working with artificial intelligence

 A professor in ASU’s School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence developed and delivered a primer course on artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science for warrant officers in the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE). The seminar’s curriculum is a collaborative effort with the USAICoE and the Army Research Laboratory.

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Introducing cybersecurity concepts into the classroom

In partnership with the Center for the Future of Arizona, GSI provided Arizona teachers and students with free access to the U.S. Cyber Range. By practicing cybersecurity skills firsthand in a safe virtual environment, students learn important lessons on what cyber criminals look for and how to protect themselves online. More than 440 high school students have participated in this effort.