Akamai Funders

U. S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force provides funding for Akamai interns to work on Air Force related projects at the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site, as well as with the tech companies supporting the Air Force, on Maui. The Air Force has been funding Akamai since 2007, and a total of almost $1.5 million.

Career Connected Learning at Hawai‘i Community Foundation

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) is funding Akamai through their Career Connected Learning program, including the THINK Fund at HCF (funded by the Thirty Meter Telescope) and the Maunakea Fund (funded by Maunakea Observatories).

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation has provided funding for Akamai since 2015, specifically for students from Hawai‘i Island, doing projects in a wide range of science and technology fields on Hawai‘i Island and Maui.

NSF’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope

The National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) began funding Akamai in 2011, with funding directed toward students from across the state working on DKIST projects related to the construction phase of the telescope. DKIST also supports Akamai by contributing personnel time; scientists and engineers have and will play key roles on Akamai’s instructional teams.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides funding to develop and teach the ISEE/Akamai Mentor Workshop, which combined with TIO funding as the site sponsor, has made Hawai‘i Island home of this innovative workshop, and enabling local mentors to participate (AST-1643290).

In addition, NSF funding provides support for graduate students to participate in the ISEE Professional Development Program, enabling them to design innovative curriculum and teach in the Akamai PREP course. 

W. M. Keck Observatory / National Science Foundation

W. M. Keck Observatory provides funding for an intern working on the Keck All-Sky Precision Adaptive Optics (KAPA) project funded by the National Science Foundation (AST-1836015).

Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope

Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope provides housing for Waimea-based interns for their seven-week projects.

Funding for AWI was provided in previous years through:

The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory

TIO provided funding to Akamai from 2010-2019, growing over that period to become Akamai’s major funder. In total, TMT contributed more than $1.3 million to Akamai. In addition to directly funding Akamai, TIO funding came to Akamai through the THINK Fund.

TIO also funded the first ISEE/Akamai mentor workshop, and continued to be the workshop site sponsor through 2019.

National Science Foundation

The NSF funded the initial development of Akamai, and the first eight years of the program through the NSF Center for Adaptive Optics (AST-9876783), as well as through additional grants: AST-1643290, AST-0836053, AST-0710699, and AST-0850532.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has provided funding for Akamai interns, as well as many other workforce development activities since 2008, and awarded ISEE a 5-year grant (FA95501510427). AFOSR was the major funder for Akamai interns placed on Maui, and supported graduate students who participated in the ISEE Professional Development Program, enabling them to design innovative curriculum and teach in the Akamai PREP course.

AFOSR funding was directed toward supporting students from across the state to do projects at Maui-based sites related to the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) site and high tech companies on Maui.

Previous grant: FA 9550-10-1-0044; via NSF AST-0710699

The University of Hawai‘i

The University of Hawai‘i provided more than $1.1 million in funding over the period of 2008-2015 to support statewide students to participate in any Akamai project.

The Monty Richards Hawai‘i Island Community Award – Bank of Hawai‘i Foundation

The Akamai Workforce Initiative was honored to receive one of the 2017 Bank of Hawai‘i Foundation Monty Richards Hawai‘i Island Community Leadership Awards, recognizing exemplary nonprofit leadership. The award was used to support college students from Hawai‘i Island from low or moderate income households to participate in the Akamai Internship Program.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

In 2019, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo waived the UH Hilo summer tuition for the Akamai course for five UH Hilo students.

The Akamai Workforce Initiative

The cost of supporting a college student from Hawai‘i in the Akamai Internship Program is approximately $15,000. Your donation helps make this valuable program available to more students.

The Akamai Workforce Initiative is part of the Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators at University of California, Santa Cruz.