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CU Boulder, Lockheed sign master research agreement

By David Schwartz
Published: September 5th, 2017

The University of Colorado and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin have announced an extended partnership aimed at building world-renowned technologies and training the next generation of innovators.

The master agreement, which provides a framework for all future research projects, expands on a $3 million partnership announced last year to fund a research center on radio frequency technologies.

Signed by CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano and Lockheed Martin Chief Technology Officer Keoki Jackson, the agreement provides structure for future research and academic programs aimed at building large-scale projects and developing young minds at CU in the process.

Around $675,000 worth of new research projects already have been identified. The four projects making up that sum will be the first awarded using the new Master Research Agreement, and they will focus on improving spacecraft, aircraft and ship power systems; increasing mission capability; increasing capability of satellites while reducing weight; and improving power management for commercial and national security applications.

College of Engineering Dean Bobby Braun called CU’s relationship with Lockheed the “single most important” among industry its partners. “This university has a lot of young people who want to contribute to the world,” Braun said. “We in this college pride ourselves on equipping them with those skills. We could not do our mission without industry partners like Lockheed Martin.”

Grooming students who work on the projects is a major benefit for Lockheed. Just this year the company has hired 85 CU graduates, including more than 40 interns and almost 40 full-time employees. About 1,000 CU Boulder graduates work for the aerospace company across all of its departments.

“This is the source of our future talent,” Jackson said. “This is just the starting point, and the agreement is reflective of our joint commitment long-term.”

Source: Daily Camera

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