Scholarships and R&D Highlight Lockheed Martin’s Partnership
with Penn State
March 6, 2003 - Lockheed Martin has emerged as a strong
corporate partner with Penn State in the last decade. Formed in
March 1995 by the merger of two technology companies, Lockheed
Corporation and Martin Marietta Corporation, the company is
headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and employs about 125,000
people worldwide. Lockheed Martin is principally engaged in the
research, design, development, manufacture, and integration of
advanced technology systems, products, and services; and turns to
Penn State to invest in the students, faculty, and programs that
align with their business interests.
From recruiting Penn State’s talented students to engaging in
over $5 million in contracted research with faculty, the company
interacts with the University on a number of levels and provides
valuable resources as a result of this partnership. There are
currently over 1,300 Penn State alumni employed at the company. In
just the last ten years, Lockheed Martin has provided over $1
million in support of various programs
at Penn State in the College of
Engineering, the School of Information Sciences and Technology
(IST), the Smeal College of Business Administration, the College of
Health and Human Development, the Eberly College of Science, and
campus colleges throughout the Penn State system. Programs like
scholarship support for minority engineering students, program
funding for K-12 science camps like the Action Potential Science
Experience, membership in the Center for Supply Chain Research,
sponsorship of industry projects in the Learning Factory, and the
Flyin’ Lions—an engineering student project team testing the
importance of exercise for astronauts in space—represent a fraction
of the company’s support. Much of this activity develops on and
flourishes with the help of key corporate representatives.
|An Action Science Potential Experience
participant explores science with an instructor in the
program. This is one of the K-12 programs at Penn State to
receive funds from Lockheed Martin. |
(Photo courtesy of
Action Science Potential Experience.)
"For many years, Lockheed Martin and Penn State have sustained a
meaningful partnership in the areas of research and development,
technical collaboration, and the placement of Penn State graduates."
said Marcus C. Hansen (’68 Sci), president of Lockheed Martin
Management and Data Systems headquartered in King of Prussia,
Pennsylvania, and campus executive to Penn State.
The most significant commitment to academic programs at Penn
State to date came in 1998 with the announcement of the company’s
$625,000 investment over a five-year period. Student support
dominated the focus of this major grant. Fellowships and
scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students demonstrate
Lockheed Martin’s commitment to Penn State’s most valuable resource
for the company—our students. Each Spring, Lockheed Martin awards up
to twenty $1,000 scholarships to electrical engineering, computer
science and engineering, and information sciences and technology
students who have completed three to four semesters of undergraduate
study and have demonstrated excellence in academic performance.
Recipients of these Scholars Awards are also eligible for summer
internships or co-operative employment at Lockheed Martin
facilities. Over the past five years, there have been 130
undergraduate awards in the College of Engineering and 19 awards to
undergraduate students in the School of Information Sciences and
Technology. Of these students, 21 percent are from diverse cultural
backgrounds further aiding the advancement of underrepresented
populations in these fields. Another student
provided in this commitment includes two annual $10,000 fellowships
for first-year graduate students in electrical engineering and
computer science and engineering. The Lockheed Martin Fellowship in
Information and Communications Technology and the Lockheed Martin
Fellowship in Software Engineering are intended to assist Penn State
department heads in recruiting exemplary graduate students in
critical technology areas.
|Lockheed Martin provided support to members
of the "Flyin’ Lions" as they test a static Subject Load
Device during their flight aboard NASA’s Boeing 707—the KC-135
"Vomit Comit". |
Design Excellence Awards were also dedicated to supporting the
work of students in the College of Engineering as part of this gift.
The company allocated $50,000 over five years to recognize the
premier undergraduate design teams in the capstone design classes in
electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial and
manufacturing engineering, and computer science and engineering.
Much of the work on these projects takes place at the Learning
Factory, an interdisciplinary hands-on laboratory that integrates
design, manufacturing, and business realities into the engineering
The creation of the School of Information Sciences and Technology
(IST) after the initiation of this multiyear commitment presented an
additional focus for Lockheed Martin. The company had a role in
helping Penn State design the IST program. Along with feedback from
other industry representatives, Lockheed was helpful in suggesting
important skills students need to succeed in the IT workforce.
Hansen participated in this effort from the onset, and continues his
involvement as a member of the IST Advisory Board. Given the
company’s strong interest in this program, support has been made
available to the students and programs within IST.
Penn State Great Valley School of Professional Studies located in
Malvern, Pennsylvania, is a neighbor to Lockheed’s Management and
Data Systems division in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The
school’s proximity has afforded many professionals in the area,
including employees of Lockheed Martin, an opportunity to further
their education, learn new technologies, and earn advanced degrees.
Given this connection, Great Valley received funding to create a
minority career development workshop for women and minorities and to
provide emergency grants to students in the School’s systems
engineering and information sciences curriculum.
|From left to right: Marcus C. Hansen,
President Lockheed Martin Management and Data Systems and Penn
State focus executive, Kathleen J. Muhonen, Ph.D. candidate in
the Department of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Graham Spanier,
President of Penn State, and Dr. David Wormley, Dean of the
College of Engineering discuss Muhonen’s research in the
Center for Information & Communications Technology lab.
(Photo courtesy of Penn State Image Resources/R. Ackley,
Lockheed’s interest in research and development at Penn State is
the second major theme of this five-year commitment. The Center for
Information & Communications Technology Research (CICTR)
received funding from this portion of the grant. Directed by Dr.
Mohsen Kavehrad, W. L. Weiss Professor of Electrical Engineering,
the Center teams with industrial partners to create solutions to
technical challenges in the transmission, storage, transformation,
switching, and networking of digital information.
Since receiving the company’s support, CICTR researchers actively
pursue solutions to the many challenging problems the broadband
world of multimedia introduces. Previously, efforts were focused on
reliable transmission of packets over a wireless physical medium (be
it RF or infrared). Also with this support, CICTR helped establish
new undergraduate and graduate courses in wireless communications in
the Department of Electrical Engineering. Through conferences and
seminars, CICTR has transferred the generated knowledge in these
fields to industry, government labs, and academia.
Commenting on the award of this major grant, Mr. Hansen said,
"Our goals for these programs are to reward excellence at the
undergraduate and graduate levels, support new faculty development,
and foster joint research between our two organizations."
While these examples represent only a portion of Lockheed Martin
Corporation’s total commitment to Penn State, every dollar received
has provided valuable benefit to the programs, colleges, faculty,
and students it has touched. This strong partnership continues to
grow and expand to address current issues facing both Lockheed and
Penn State. What does the future hold for this important
relationship? Discussions are currently underway to create a new
five-year partnership that builds upon the existing linkages and
encourages new opportunities for both organizations.
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