August 3, 2016
Aiken, S.C. - For Savannah River Remediation (SRR) intern Brad Lloyd, Information Technology (IT) offers the opportunity for continuous change and intellectual growth.
As a math teacher for the last six years, Lloyd teaches courses such as Advanced Functions, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus to ninth through twelfth graders at James Kenan High School in Kenansville, N.C. He also coaches high school football and basketball.
Originally graduating from the University of Mount Olive with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology (concentration in Mathematics and Statistics), Lloyd said he later pursued his teaching certificate at East Carolina University in hopes of finding the same fulfillment in the classroom that he found on the field in college.
Lloyd played football, basketball, and baseball in high school, continuing to play some junior varsity and intramural sports in college. When his former college coach asked him to help coach football at the high school level, Brad agreed, training quarterbacks and running backs while he finished his degree.
“Teaching has given me the opportunity to continue challenging young minds both on and off of the field,” said Lloyd.
However, after six years in the classroom, Lloyd said he needs change and growth that the consistency of math cannot provide.
“I recently decided to pursue an online IT program through Excelsior College in hopes of breaking into the world of cyber security,” said Lloyd. “Not only have I always loved computers, but because cyber security is continuously changing, it will continue to challenge me intellectually over time.”
Lloyd said his degree in Criminology, along with his teaching experience, were not for naught, though.
“Criminology obviously applies to cyber-crime as well and will continue to help me within the field of information security,” said Lloyd.
As for teaching and coaching, Lloyd said the lessons learned related to working collaboratively in high stress environments correlate directly to skills displayed by other SRR employees within his department. During his experience at SRR, Lloyd said coworkers show respect for each other’s skills and use them towards common project goals.
Lloyd is currently assisting the SRR Cyber Security team with vulnerability scanning of web applications used for business and engineering systems. The scans identify possible weaknesses in application securities which, in turn, are added to reports that SRR Cyber Security sends back to the developers so they can continue to develop secure code.
“Returning to school as an adult has been made easier by my supportive wife and energetic husky, who keeps me active,” Lloyd said. “My dog and I are a lot alike in that respect. We both have a lot of energy and are constantly eager to be doing something new.”
SRR is the liquid waste contactor at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.