Nicole Funk is a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton and Director for the Aberdeen Proving Ground Army Alliance. In 2014, she joined our Board of Directors.
“It’s incredible to see students discover the connection between what they’re doing today, and what they could accomplish in the future. As a former science teacher, it has always concerned me to hear students say that math and science ‘just isn’t their thing.’ But as a Board Member of MBRT, I witness students gain greater confidence in STEM, and watch them discover what is possible. This is tremendously rewarding,” says Ms. Funk.
Booz Allen Hamilton serves as an industry leader, and Ms. Funk said career interactions with key employers can make significant impact on a student’s career choices.
“Exposing these students to programs like those driven by MBRT can make all the difference,” Ms. Funk said. “A single teacher or a single experience with volunteers in industry can make a lasting impact – and that’s the lasting value that MBRT brings. There’s an amazing job market in Maryland, and Booz Allen has a significant presence in the state, where we support clients in defense, intelligence and civil government, as well as the commercial sector. By engaging with MBRT, it means our firm is exposed today to the leaders of tomorrow. We’re able to show these students that Booz Allen is the employer of choice in exciting, leading-edge fields ranging from cybersecurity to robotics and Artificial Intelligence and engineering.”
“We need to shore up the STEM expertise on the local and national scale. It’s absolutely necessary that we graduate more STEM-ready students to take advantage of the opportunities that the rapid pace of technology affords us all.”