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UH Manoa College of Engineering and Lockheed Martin renew educational partnership agreement

University of Hawaiʻi
Jim Manke, (808) 956-6099
UH Manoa Chancellor's Office
Doug Sayers, (858) 795-1408
Lockheed Martin
Posted: Dec 12, 2005

Through its Industry Affiliates Program, the UH Manoa College of Engineering and Lockheed Martin will continue their collaborative agreement to further strengthen the bonds between the university and the high-tech company. The College of Engineering will continue to receive a broad range of support from Lockheed Martin, including arrangements for guest lecturers for classes, clubs, meetings, and seminars; providing funding for graduate students; and review of student presentations and projects and other interactive programs. In addition, Lockheed Martin and other UH Industry Affiliates collaborate to refine the University‘s engineering and computer science program syllabi.

Ty Aldinger, Director of Hawaiʻi Operations for Lockheed Martin, said, "The rapidly expanding technology base in Hawaiʻi starts right here at ʻour‘ university. As part of the island ʻohana we believe everyone should have the necessary tools to succeed. This partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi strengthens our commitment to provide career opportunities for all graduates. It is our privilege to partner with such dynamic educational leadership, engaged students, and creative, dedicated faculty."

"This Industry Affiliates program has worked to the benefit of our students and faculty in engineering programs," said Interim UH Manoa Chancellor Denise Konan. "We have enjoyed our relationship with Lockheed Martin as a tremendously valuable resource — allowing our people to work closely with industry leaders to learn new technologies and to become familiar with applications and methods that enhance our curriculum. We are then better able to graduate highly skilled engineers, scientists, and researchers whose contributions to Hawaiʻi‘s business community are immediate and significant."

Lockheed Martin established an office on Oʻahu in 1987, providing high-tech jobs to island residents. They currently have offices on Oʻahu, Maui, and, soon, on Kauaʻi, providing innovative technical solutions for many military and other federal and state agencies. Two-thirds of the engineers and a full 40 percent of Lockheed Martin‘s Hawaiʻi Operations Ph.D.s are graduates of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2004 sales of $35.5 billion.