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Lockheed Martin inks master research agreement with Notre Dame focused on aerospace innovation


By David Schwartz
Published: November 9th, 2021

The University of Notre Dame and Lockheed Martin Corporation signed a Master Research Agreement last week, designed to speed and facilitate future aerospace research collaborations.

“Notre Dame and Lockheed Martin have a rich history of collaborating on research benefiting the aerospace industry. This agreement will enable us to build upon that relationship,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Notre Dame. “It represents a major step forward in Notre Dame’s footprint in aerospace research; we are grateful to have Lockheed Martin as a trusted partner in this growth.”

Establishing the MRA is expected to catalyze the development of new research collaborations given its efficient structure compared with typical one-off industry-sponsored research projects in terms of administrative work, time, and resources. 

“At Lockheed Martin, we seek science and innovation wherever it originates and continuously pursue strategic engagements with leading colleges and universities across the globe,” said Steve Walker, a Notre Dame alum and the company’s vice president and chief technology officer. “We are excited to partner with Notre Dame and look forward to deepening our collaboration with their distinguished faculty and students in aerospace engineering and related research pursuits.”

Notre Dame has a long history in aerospace research and has most recently been involved in research collaborations that led to development of the largest quiet hypersonic wind tunnels in the U.S. – including a Mach 6 wind tunnel at Notre Dame, a Mach 8 tunnel at Purdue University, and a Mach 10 wind tunnel now being planned at Notre Dame.

Source: Notre Dame Research

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