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Service to Community Precedes Battelle Cyber Engineer Position for Kyle Bash

Posted by Battelle Insider on Feb 25, 2022

Kyle Bash knows what it means to serve. A member of the U.S. Air Force National Guard since 2015, his commitment hit close to home when just a few days after graduating from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, and a few months into a co-op position at Battelle, he got the call with new orders.

Bash deployed in late December 2021 as part of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s authorization to activate thousands of guard members to provide response support to Ohio hospitals during the recent COVID surge. Through holidays and snowstorms, he worked 12-hour shifts at Columbus’ Mount Carmel East to support the staff as they dealt with the rise in COVID hospitalizations. 

“It’s been a challenge, but I can tell you that the nurses in our community, they’re the ones who really deserve the credit,” he said. “My squad and I were happy to be able to take some of the workload off of them—they’ve been at it nonstop for two years now. Anything we could do to make a difference for them was worth doing.” 

Bash left his co-op position at Battelle for the mission knowing that the unexpected leave came at a crucial time in his career. “I was really blown away by the amount of support I got from the people at Battelle,” he said. “It really does make me feel like I am part of the Battelle family, and that my supervisors care about me and my career.”

His deployment now complete, the co-op experience will turn into a full-time position for Bash as a Battelle cyber engineer at the end of February. He’ll be part of a growing cyber portfolio in the Cyber Solutions Division working with a team of linguists, data scientists, and subject matter experts to deliver critical technical insights for complex data and client missions.

Bash said Battelle’s philanthropic mission aligns with his own—an important part of his decision to join the team. A former site facilitator for a food pantry, he said it’s important to work for an organization that purposefully makes a positive impact on the community. “Battelle using science to help society was a draw for me,” he said. 

Those who work with Bash are looking for more people like him. “Kyle’s service to community, task leadership under pressure and commitment to mission are the types of traits we look for when hiring at Battelle,” said Cyber Division Manager Brian Stites. “The co-op path is a great way for Battelle to identify young talent like Kyle with the technical and team skills to help build our growing cyber portfolio and improve society through those innovations.”

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