Lockheed Martin and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) are establishing new academic programs through a multi-million-dollar agreement that will develop the next generation of space engineers. The Lockheed Martin Radio Frequency (RF) Space Systems Research Center will boost engineering expertise at the school and create new curriculum to fill in-demand skills in the space sector.
The $3 million sponsorship by Lockheed Martin, spread over four years, will establish new academic programs focused on radio frequency (RF) systems. RF fields address commercial, civil and military needs for communications, radar and photonics. Engineers in this field will develop innovative approaches for tracking, navigation and control of spacecraft as well as next-generation global navigation technologies.
“Each person depends on RF technology in one way or another, from television and radio, to phone communications, to GPS navigation,” said Keoki Jackson, Lockheed Martin’s chief technology officer. “As the complexity of our satellite systems and national security solutions grows, so does our demand for world-class talent. This partnership ensures that University of Colorado graduates have the skills they need to build the systems of the future while also advancing Lockheed Martin’s ability to develop revolutionary and relevant innovation.”
“We greatly value our partnership with Lockheed Martin to propel our students, the aerospace industry and the state of Colorado to even greater heights,” said CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano. “This partnership is particularly gratifying because of our long and productive relationship with one of the titans of the industry.”
The industry-academic partnership will benefit students and faculty by creating:
Students and graduates will be able to take advantage of the RF Payload Center of Excellence at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon site, which is the company’s hub for RF space technology development.
Lockheed Martin employees will also benefit from the new relationship. For example, the new RF-focused degree programs will offer unique skills training for employees who want to take advantage of opportunities in the RF Payload Center of Excellence, which has added over 60 jobs in the past six months.
Source: Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT)
Date: Aug 25, 2016