Project NEXUS graduates first class with focus on technology problem solving

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Project NEXUS, a beta test program designed with the intent to fuel organic technology problem solving efforts for Airmen in their day-to-day workplaces, graduated its first class Nov. 4.

The graduation ceremony saw 18 students complete the 120-day course held at the Capital Factory, home to the Air Education and Training Command Integrated Technology Detachment and the AFWERX-Austin hub.

“Project NEXUS will drive internal AETC expertise in modern data science and mobile design and development,” said Capt. Kyle Palko, Project NEXUS project manager. “It will empower Airmen to become elite digital professionals who deliver strategic data and development capabilities.”

The three cohorts of six Airmen, who came from various Air Force specialties and backgrounds, specialized in data science, software development or application design.

“Participants will return to their home units armed with the skills to more effectively solve their career field’s operational problems,” Palko said. “If the Project NEXUS prototype ends up delivering outsized output, capable personnel and can scale cost effectively, then we could look at scaling up Air Force-wide. If not, it would still be a success because we'll take lessons learned and roll them into other Air Force initiatives.”

To learn more about Project NEXUS, listen to the “Developing Mach-21 Airmen” NEXUS podcast.