Student earns coveted Lockheed Martin grant, internship

Penn State Harrisburg Information Sciences and Technology major Amanda Basile is the only student outside University Park to earn the coveted 2009 Hansen Fellow Award presented by Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Global Services.

The Fellow Award was created in honor of Marcus C. Hansen, former Lockheed Martin president and a Penn State Alumni Fellow, to recognize his contributions to the University and its College of Information Sciences and Technology. He is a member of the IST Advisory Board and was a member of the strategic planning group that created the college’s framework in the late 1990s.

 “I received an e-mail directed to all IST students in the University system inviting them to apply for the award,” she says. She responded to the e-mail, submitted the formal application, and hoped. That was followed by a request for an interview at Lockheed Martin’s Valley Forge facility.

After the day-long interview process, she was named a recipient of one of the five prestigious awards, which includes a $2,000 prize and a paid internship this summer in Valley Forge. She is the only the second Penn State Harrisburg student to earn the award and internship since the inception of the opportunity in 2003.

An elated and somewhat surprised Basile notes the $2,000 along with the paid internship with Lockheed Martin “will absolutely help pay college tuition bills. I am very grateful …and so are my parents!” Looking forward to the internship, she adds, “It will be a lot of fun.”

A graduate of Emmaus High School in Allentown and a resident of Macungie, Basile is active in campus life in addition to her studies in IST. She is president of the student Blue and White Society, Penn State Harrisburg Thon Chair, is involved with the IT Club, and had an internship previously at an insurance firm in King of Prussia working in IT support.  She was also captain of the women’s soccer team and was named most valuable player in 2009 and earned the Coach’s Award for her dedication and performance.

“IST brought me to Penn State Harrisburg as a freshman and the experience has been great,” Basile says. “My focus now is to remain connected to Lockheed Martin after the internship experience and perhaps land full-time employment when I graduate next year. I am confident the overall summer experience will be very valuable. And it will look great on my resume.”

Penn State Harrisburg Instructor in Information Sciences and Technology Jesse Middaugh, Basile’s adviser, says, “Amanda is an exceptional student who is driven to success not only in the classroom, but in anything she does. Along with her IST major, she is also studying minors in Business Administration and Accounting.”

Assistant Professor of Information Systems Roderick Lee adds Basile had to undergo a “very intense security screening and interviews” with Lockheed Martin in order to land the award and internship. He adds, “Amanda is a well-rounded student who has been able to successfully maintain a superior academic record while balancing her out-of-class commitments. She is truly deserving of this prestigious award.”