Any innovation ecosystem is only as strong as the relationships of professionals in it. This network of people is the very fabric of any community that is setting the pace in any advanced technology area, and the undersea domain is no different. What is special however about the Undersea Vehicle Technology ecosystem in Southern New England, is the incredible density of relevant government, industry and academic institutions in such a small geographic location.
The NIUVT fellowship is a development opportunity for organizations in this geographically close and technologically overlapping undersea technology ecosystem to deliberately develop mid-career professionals on a path to senior leadership positions. The fellowship is a 12-month experience for applicants from academia, government, and industry to rotate into a different sector and work inside a different organization while participating with the cohort of fellows in monthly networking and broadening experiences. The ecosystem is geographically small enough that we can provide this opportunity without relocating people and do it at no cost to participants or organizations involved. Applicants must have the support of their leadership in order to apply.
As a group, fellows will visit with the strategic leadership of every participating organization in addition to a few others. They will also participate in ongoing in NIUVT activities and research throughout the course of the year. This fellowship is an opportunity to mix the ecosystem, create stronger networks, and bring perspectives from government academia and industry directly into organizations and opposing sectors. After one year, fellows return to their employer with a different perspective, a stronger network, and reinvigorated to tackle the challenges of the undersea vehicle technology community. Not only will the fellow benefit, but each organization taking in a fellow with a different perspective will stand to benefit from their different experience, perspective, and network as well.