Three dynamic young women from Huntington High School have been chosen to participate in BAE Systems’ Women in Technology program next fall. They will be provided with hands-on experience at the global defense and aerospace company, which employs a workforce of about 83,000 in 40 countries.
Current sophomore Eliana Ng and juniors Moira Contino and Abigail Holmes will spend several months at BAE Systems, which maintains a large facility in Greenlawn.
The program will stretch over parts of September, October and December for nine weeks. The three Huntington students will be joined by 12 others from Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, John H. Glenn, Harborfields, Sachem North, Smithtown, Syosset and Walt Whitman participated.
“Women in Technology (WiT) is a collaborative effort between local area high schools and BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector,” according to the company website. “WiT gives female high school students with an aptitude in math and science a practical, hands-on opportunity to explore careers in various technical disciplines. It also provides mentorship to the students to encourage and support them in their pursuit of a technical career. After completing the program, seniors who have been accepted to college with a declared major in engineering are encouraged to apply for a summer internship opportunity at BAE Systems.”
The Huntington trio will participate in a two-hour orientation program on Wednesday, September 18 at BAE Systems in Greenlawn. At this time, the teenagers will be give their group assignment and additional information about the program.
“We look forward to sharing many different areas of technology with you in hopes that it may help you with your future college and career decisions,” wrote BAE Systems’ Emily Hill in the acceptance letter she sent to the three Huntington High School students.
The Huntington students will participate in technical rotations that expose them to software, mechanical, electrical, microwave, optical and manufacturing engineering along with signal processing and failure analysis.
“Other rotations include building skills in communication and presentation giving, as well as providing opportunities for students to attend networking events with engineers at BAE Systems to encourage insight into the industry,” states the company website.
Program participants will work on a to-be-determined project for nine weeks under the mentorship of BAE Systems engineers.