Engility’s AI Farm System: Developing the Machine Learning Talent of Tomorrow


Engility’s AI Farm System: Developing the Machine Learning Talent of Tomorrow

Engility’s edge for attracting the next generation of data scientists stems from the missions we support and the wealth of opportunities available in data science at the company. As the government incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into more programs, we need to supply the future data scientists.

This summer, Engility’s Nascent Technology Center focused on developing subject matter experts (SMEs) in data science through our summer internship program.

Bringing AI into the federal government space is a mighty endeavor. We want interns ready to embrace that challenge and help lead the charge. To thrive, they need to be both creative and independent in addition to highly technical. In the context of an internship, perhaps more important than a deep understanding of math, statistics, and programming — those areas will be developed as students progress through their college courses — is the ability to think critically and reason through problems to find creative and feasible solutions.

Our interns work on projects that matter to the company and to our customers. This summer, one group of interns in our AI lab developed a deep learning algorithm for automated analysis of satellite images. Another designed a computer program to serve as a proof of concept for adaptive training in military simulations and corporate E-Learning. And another contributed to ongoing research and exploration to support a major AI project.

Just like more senior data scientists, interns are challenged to consider all variables of a given problem (customer objectives, time and resource constraints, technical feasibility, etc.), come up with many alternative methods to approach it, consult domain experts and other resources where necessary, select the best solution, and execute it. Interns have both the freedom and responsibility to pursue their own ideas, with guidance and mentorship from team members throughout the process. We look for tenacious students who take initiative to move forward independently, but don’t hesitate to ask questions when necessary.

Engility's AI Farm System In our internship program, we foster an environment in which interns learn extensively about machine learning, AI, data science, and the supporting skills necessary to complete projects in the field, while also contributing meaningfully to goals of the team and the company. We aim to guide the growth of the next generation of data science SMEs, investing in young talented individuals motivated by the missions Engility supports, and the opportunity to innovate in AI.

Interested in learning more about career opportunities at Engility? Visit www.engility.com/careers.

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Posted by Bryn Stark

I am an applied mathematician and lead data scientist in the Nascent Technology Center within Engility’s Intelligence Solutions Group. I design and develop analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence solutions to address problem sets across a variety of defense and intelligence missions.