Three Years and Going Strong: Five More Students Complete the Riverside Research Intern Program

Dayton, Ohio – Five students from Sinclair Community College culminated their internship experience at Riverside Research by presenting their simulation-based projects to several local employers and academic officials during the sixth biannual Intern Presentation Day at the company’s Beavercreek facility.

“Spring semester marked the three year anniversary of our intern program partnerships with Sinclair and Clark State Community Colleges,” said Dr. Andrew Shepherd, Collegiate and STEM Programs Manager at Riverside Research. “We are thrilled with the student accomplishments and are proud to play a role in their education and preparation for the workforce.”

Riverside Research launched the intern program in 2010 as a way to help the Dayton workforce transition from manufacturing to the high-tech business areas stemming from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. One of the key workforce development drivers embedded within the intern program is the Educational Alliance Partnership (EAP) agreement Sinclair and Clark State have with software development company Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI).

Under the EAP, interns are privy to AGI’s physics-based commercial software package, Systems Tool Kit (STK), as the basis of their projects. STK is commonly used by operators, analysts, and engineers worldwide to model complex land, sea, air, and space systems in the context of the mission environment.

Pictured Above: (L to R) Matthew Wilkinson of Sinclair’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) program presented an analysis of the recent terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon; Kenneth Earnest, also of the CIS program, presented a missile capability and defense project; Kevin Washington, an Aviation Technology student enrolled in Sinclair’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) certificate program, presented a search and rescue scenario leveraging UAS assets; CIS student Valeria Lark presented a STK scenario embedded in a web interface; and UAS student Christopher Hickey presented a scenario including an emergency responder mission integrated with major components of the Ohio airspace.

Ninety-one individuals have participated in the program to date. “We are aware of at least 31 interns obtaining paid positions during or after their internships,” said Dr. Shepherd. “Since 2010, Riverside Research has hired ten interns as full-time staff members, two of which were in attendance today to offer words of wisdom to our latest group of graduates.”