ISEE developed and continues to play a major leadership role in the Akamai Workforce Initiative – often shortened and simply called “Akamai,” which means clever, smart, or expert in Hawaiian. In partnership with the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, Thirty Meter Telescope, and many partners on Maui, Hawaii Island, and across the state of Hawaii, Akamai has grown from a significant investment by the NSF Center for Adaptive Optics and continues to evolve. The initiative is dedicated to building a diverse, local workforce in Hawaii and advancing college students from Hawaii into the STEM workforce. Akamai has a long history of partnering with telescopes and supporting the growth of astronomical and remote sensing facilities in Hawaii, but broadly contributes to the development of a strong and diverse technical workforce in a wide range of fields. Although known locally and nationally for its successful internship program, Akamai offers a wide range of professional development activities for scientists and engineers, and played a major role in the development of a new four-year degree program at University of Hawaii Maui College. Akamai also offers pre-college programs, community outreach, industry partnerships, and other activities.

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More information about Akamai activities can be found at:

Akamai Workforce Initiative

Akamai Internship Program

Professional development for graduate students and professionals

UH Maui College Engineering Technology Program

Mentoring Program

Technical and Career Courses

Outcomes from Akamai

History, funding, partners and affiliates