Computer engineering senior Benjamin Weiss ’17, who spent six months working at Lockheed Martin, won the first annual Co-op Student of the Year Award.
Weiss began working in Lockheed Martin in June 2016, the summer preceding his senior year. Over the course of his co-op placement, he collaborated with Lockheed Martin engineers on the development of simulators to assist in the production of submarines.
“I’m truly grateful for having experienced a co-op internship, especially with a prestigious company like Lockheed Martin,” he said. “Not only did I gain valuable experience in a real world work environment but I made great connections as well.”
Weiss’ supervisor, Anthony Condos, software engineering manager for the Rotary and Mission Systems Division at Lockheed Martin, had high praise for his work.
“Benjamin quickly adapted to being a part of the team,” he said. “The co-op experience provided Benjamin a great opportunity to expand his skills and he provided a significant contribution to the project’s success.”
Twenty five students qualified for this year’s award. Manuel Miranda, assistant professor of civil engineering, Professor Oren Segal, assistant professor of computer science and Phil Coniglio, director of the Co-op Program, selected the winner based on employer evaluations and a written essay about how the students’ co-op experience prepared them for their future careers.
“We were looking for a student who worked hard and took advantage of their co-op experience to develop and enhance both their engineering skills as well as soft business skills such as public speaking, technical and business writing and other business acumen,” Coniglio said.
The DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science Co-op Program offers qualifying engineering and computer science students entering their junior year the opportunity for paid work at a company in a field related to their degree program prior to graduation.