RIT Student Named Harris Corp. Intern of the Year

Eric Maassmann recognized for contributions to company’s network project

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Eric Maassmann

Eric Maassmann, a telecommunications engineering technology student at Rochester Institute of Technology, was recently named Intern of the Year by Harris Corp. The dual-degree student in the company’s Intern Incentive program was recognized for his workplace performance and significant contributions to a project focused on the company’s Domain Name Systems infrastructure.

“At the end of the project, Eric, on his own accord, went beyond the scope of the project and presented innovative and out-of-the-box ideas on how we could improve the DNS infrastructure,” says Dan Richardson, operations engineering team lead and Maassmann’s supervisor.

“His ideas were forward-thinking on how we could improve performance, scalability and security for not only our customer but future customers on our high-speed network. Eric’s ideas were received very positively by the team and he was requested to go forth with the implementation of the DNS infrastructure improvements.”

Maassmann, a resident of Round Top, N.Y., is in the dual-degree, bachelor’s and master’s program in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. He expects to graduate in 2013. He worked with Richardson at Harris’ Melbourne, Fla., location since the start of the summer.

“Harris Corp. is an innovative company comprised of many knowledgeable, supportive and professional individuals,” Maassmann says. “The collaborative environment at Harris has been the prime setting to diversify and develop my skill set. I appreciate and value the opportunities that Harris has given me.”

Students who demonstrate one or more of the Harris Corp. values, such as integrity, delivering customer value and collaboration, are nominated for the internship award. Maassmann was recognized recently at a breakfast with Sheldon Fox, group president, Government Communications Systems.