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Systems Engineering Manager – Smart Base Team


US Ignite ( is accelerating the smart city movement – and creating value for an entire ecosystem – by guiding communities into the connected future, creating a path for private sector growth, and advancing technology research that’s at the heart of smart city development.


US Ignite seeks an experienced Systems Engineering Manager to join our Smart Bases team. The Systems Engineering Manager will be responsible for embedding cybersecurity and DevOps best practices into all Smart Base projects, including those with systems developed in-house and those with systems provided by third-party vendors. This will require managing and providing oversight to US Ignite developers, our software development subcontractors, and vendors of piloted capabilities to US Ignite. Information assurance will be a key priority for this position. Many of these projects rely on collecting, storing, and processing operational data, including but not exceeding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) information. This role aims to ensure that piloted capabilities comply with our current cybersecurity requirements and are scalable to the broader DoD installations enterprise if successful. The role requires clear written, verbal, and technical communication with internal and external partners.

The Smart Base Team

US Ignite is growing our Smart Base team to deliver mission-critical installation modernization and capability programs for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Installations community. The Smart Base team seeks to pilot and develop sustainable adoption pathways for smart city technologies on military installations, including commercial smart city solutions and new capabilities developed within US Ignite. Our projects cover mission areas, including transportation safety, intelligent surveillance and threat deterrence, emergency response, energy resilience and efficiency, digital and economic equity, and more. US Ignite partners with military and municipal research agencies, academic partners, commercial solution providers, software developers, and information system engineers to develop and evaluate new solutions to the challenges faced by military installations. If proven successful, the new or existing technologies we deploy have the potential to be scaled to countless communities across the DoD and the nation.


  • Develop and manage the cybersecurity program for the Smart Base team. This includes analysis of contractual, program, and project-specific cybersecurity requirements; identifying the right tools and technical expertise to meet these requirements; and management of the implementation of the Smart Base cybersecurity program, which is comprehensive of necessary policies, processes, and technologies.
  • Oversee DevSecOps and Systems Administration within the Smart Base team, managing the Smart Base team’s lead developer/system administrator and the DevSecOps workflows of US Ignite’s development subcontractors.
  • Provide Program Management Office (PMO) support to Smart Base project managers, particularly on projects intensive on IT/OT networking, data science, application development, and 5G.
  • Oversee systems/DevSecOps change management, including architectural, design, and code reviews (related to DevSecOps and automation).
  • Manage US Ignite’s Azure cloud tenant, including Azure Entra ID (formerly active directory), Databricks, Azure Defender, and other Azure resources.
  • Select and manage subcontractors responsible for security assessments and audits to ensure ongoing compliance with CMMC, FedRAMP, RMF, NIST SP 800-171, and other industry-specific standards. Identify and address security vulnerabilities and gaps.


  • Experience implementing, delivering, and monitoring digital and cloud services like AWS, Azure Commercial, and GovCloud.
  • Understanding of fundamental networking concepts such as IP addressing, DNS, VPNs, and troubleshooting connectivity issues.
  • Understanding of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and data science/data engineering-heavy application development, related to DevSecOps.
  • Experience with DevSecOps tools and technologies, including:
    • Issue management/ticketing (e.g. Jira, ClickUp, Confluence)
    • Source Code Management (e.g. GitHub, GitLab)
    • Security Scanning & Unit Testing (e.g. SonarQube)
    • Containerization, Continuous Integration & Build (e.g. Azure DevOps, Docker, Jenkins, Kubernetes)
    • Infrastructure-as-Code (e.g. Terraform, Ansible)
    • Compliance and Security Testing (e.g. Selenium)
    • Continuous Monitoring (e.g. Splunk, Nessus Vulnerability scanning)
  • Experience with project management tools such as Microsoft Project and Excel and Waterfall, Agile, and Hybrid approaches.
  • Leadership experience in managing multiple projects across small teams of internal and external partners. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree and five (5) years of experience with technical and program management and implementing and delivering diverse digital and cybersecurity projects, or Master’s degree plus two (2) years of experience in Systems Engineering or STEM-related technical fields such as Computer Science or Information Technology.
  • Certifications 
    • Azure AZ, DP, SC series certifications
    • CompTIA A+, CCNA, or similar
    • Project Management Professional (PMP)


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $100,000.00 – $140,000.00 per year


  • Paid Time-Off and Holidays
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Care
  • 401(k)
  • Flexible schedule
  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement

Schedule: 8-hour shift, 40-hour week

Travel: Up to 3 trips per quarter, travel within the US

Ability to commute/relocate: Reliably commute to Washington, DC 20036 

Work Location: Hybrid remote


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

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Summer 2024 Paid Data Science Intern 


US Ignite ( is accelerating the smart city movement – and creating value for an entire ecosystem – by guiding communities into the connected future, creating a path for private sector growth, and advancing technology research that’s at the heart of smart city development.


During your internship, you’ll work with the Smart Bases Team. The US Ignite Smart Bases Program hosts a portfolio of smart base programs that help military installations implement technology projects in key operational areas, including advanced broadband and IoT networks, energy resiliency, connected and autonomous vehicles, public safety and quality of life, weather risk management, drones, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). 

The intern will support the data science developmental activities for Smart Installation and Community Dashboard (SICD), designed to serve Fort Moore. The SICD aims to increase awareness to Fort Moore’s leadership through a common operating picture, improving physical security, quality of life and operation, energy efficiency, and public safety for the base and the surrounding community.


  • Must be enrolled in or have recently graduated with a master’s in computer science, Data Science, Business Analytics, or a similar graduate program in the United States.
  • 1+ year of Programming experience with languages such as Python.
  • Past work experience with data manipulation and data modeling.
  • Ability to go through existing code repositories and quickly grasp the process flow and add to it.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.


  • Proficient in GIS, geographical data aggregation, and analysis.
  • Extensive experience with data engineering, including setting up sensor data pipelines using third-party APIs, and proficient in data aggregation and manipulation.
  • Advanced programming skills in Python, with familiarity in R; experienced with Python libraries and frameworks such as Tensorflow, Keras, and sklearn for ML modeling.
  • Expertise in SQL for database management and data manipulation.
  • Proficient in machine learning, including pattern detection, clustering, regression, ensemble modeling, forecasting, time series analysis, and technologies such as Random Forest, XGBoost.
  • Highly skilled in data analytics tools and technologies, including PowerBI, PySpark, CartoDB, Databricks, and Microsoft Azure; experience in building data dashboards.
  • Software engineering background, preferably with experience in C#/.NET and Azure.
  • Experience with large language modeling or leveraging ChatGPT APIs through code.


  • Develop data methodologies for microclimate data modeling, including software development oversight and data analysis techniques.
  • Implement and manage sensor data pipelines; manipulate and store data from various sources.
  • Manipulate data from the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) and other datasets for enhanced modeling and analysis.
  • Supervise and support Columbus State University students in their work on algorithms, including literature and code reviews.
  • Develop and maintain scripts for data collection, manipulation, and storage, integrating occupancy and enterprise system data through APIs.
  • Create APIs for data integration, particularly when external support is limited.
  • Identify and fix backend issues in broadband tools, prioritizing data and model accuracy.
  • Investigate reliable data sources for broadband and socio-economic data to improve analysis quality.


US Ignite is headquartered in Washington, DC. The candidate can be local to Washington, DC, or remote. The proposed internship period of performance is May 2024 – September 2024 and can be extended for an additional semester if agreed upon mutually.


The performance period for this internship is approximately four months (May through September) with an expectation of 29 hours per week at $25-$30/hour.  


To apply, please send a resume and link to the GitHub repository to [email protected].

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