Lockheed Martin and CU Boulder announce $3 million partnership

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Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Rob Davis, left, shakes hands with Lockheed Martin Chief Technology Officer Keoki Jackson after announcing a partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder during a meeting on the Boulder Campus. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Rob Davis, left, shakes hands with Lockheed Martin Chief Technology Officer Keoki Jackson after announcing the partnership. (Casey Cass/University of Colorado)

Lockheed Martin and the University of Colorado Boulder are hoping to train the next generation of space engineers.

Lockheed Martin and CU Boulder announced Thursday a $3 million dollar agreement to establish new academic programs for aerospace and electrical engineering with a focus on radio frequency.

The sponsorship will be distributed across four years and will establish the Lockheed Martin Radio Frequency Space Systems Research Center. The center will provide specialized training in the field of radio frequency, which addresses communications, radar and photon transmission (think fiber optics) needs for commercial, military and municipal use.

“Each person depends on RF technology in one way or another, from television and radio, to phone communications, to GPS navigation,” Lockheed Martin’s chief technology officer Keoki Jackson said in a statement. “As the complexity of our satellite systems and national security solutions grows, so does our demand for world-class talent.”

Sponsorship benefits include a new radio frequency-focused master of science in electrical engineering and a new path for aerospace bachelor’s degree students to achieve master’s degrees in electrical engineering — and vice versa. The sponsorship will also establish several new positions: a new faculty position for researching and teaching radio frequency, a Lockheed Martin Faculty Fellow to support faculty research and fellowships for graduate students to work at Lockheed Martin or on relevant projects.

Lockheed Martin has been a significant benefactor of CU Boulder in the past and plans to begin $650,000 worth of projects by the end of the year.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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