Mercyhurst University and top intelligence agency renew partnership for five years

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Students at Mercyhurst University will continue to work hand-in-hand with one of the nation’s top intelligence agencies. 

Robert Cardillo is the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  He’s in town visiting the campus of Mercyhurst to tour their intelligence facilities as well as to sign an agreement, renewing the relationship between the two entities.

Maggie Hackney, Mercyhurst Senior, tells us, “We can help advance their mission as well which helps both sides because we support their needs and also have more experience that we can put on our resume.”

Robert Cardillo, Director Nation Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, tells us, “There’s a jump in the step of my team back and NGA for two reasons.  One, they’re excited about the ideas and the insight and the enthusiasm.  And two, because they’re a little anxious because they’re going, ‘Oh my goodness, they’re really, really good.'” 

Several students from this program have already gone on to work in the agency, but according to Director Cardillo, that need continues to grow. 

The Mercyhurst Intelligence Studies students have helped with tasks such as developing algorithms to identify Russian trolls on social media.  

The agreement signed today by Director Cardillo and Mercyhurst President Michael Victor will continue this partnership for five years. 

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