N.J. honors Rowan-Lockheed partnership with inaugural innovative partnership award

N.J. honors Rowan-Lockheed partnership with inaugural innovative partnership award

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The State of New Jersey honored Rowan University and Lockheed Martin with its inaugural Innovative Partnership Award during its recent “65 by ’25: Many Paths, One Future” campaign launch at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation headquarters in Princeton. The award recognizes high-quality collaborations among higher education, business and industry.

The Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering (HMRCOE) and Lockheed Martin, which have collaborated for more than 10 years, developed a series of undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for a specialized workforce. These programs bring together higher education and industry to ensure that programs and training yield relevant industry-related skills and promote diverse educational opportunities for the state’s residents. Graduates of the programs obtain credentials that effectively, efficiently and quickly ensure that the state has a highly trained workforce that suits the hiring needs of aerospace and defense company, Lockheed Martin, one of the state’s largest employers.

"Partnering with Rowan has been critical to our success as we meet our workforce needs in an extremely competitive environment,” said Robert Regensburger, project principal, N.J. State Economic Development and Academia Programs for Lockheed Martin. “The leadership of the University has been helpful in removing barriers, the faculty were eager to collaborate, and the students are some of the brightest we have ever seen.”

As a part of the College’s signature Engineering Clinic program, students partner with Lockheed Martin engineers to design, evaluate and understand combat systems in order to develop the required skills needed for the workforce. The combat systems clinic gives students the opportunity to solve real-world engineering problems and creates a streamlined pathway for undergraduate and graduate students’ transitions from graduation to careers in the defense industry. Throughout the last four years, Lockheed Martin professionals have served as instructors in HMRCOE’s combat systems clinic. As the clinic programs continue to expand, the partnership will launch additional internship and co-op opportunities during the next year.

“Our partnership with Lockheed Martin is really about connecting the dots between the classroom and real-world experience to ensure our state has a highly trained workforce and that our engineers are able to seamlessly transition from being students to productive employees at one of the region’s largest high-technology companies,” said Dr. Anthony Lowman, dean. "Our programs with Lockheed have been very successful with the students, as we’ve seen enrollment, participation and retention increase each year. I’m excited for the students because I believe this program helps prepare them for a promising career come graduation.”

During the past several years, Lockheed Martin has hired more Rowan engineering graduates than any other company. This the partnership has benefited both students and the corporation, as the company continues to recruit students from these clinics to fulfill its workforce with trained professionals.

The HMRCOE-Lockheed partnership aligns with the “65 by ’25: Many Paths, One Future” campaign, as its goal is to help New Jersey reach the higher level of education and training that will be needed in the next few years for residents to secure rewarding careers. The campaign is led collaboratively by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Education.

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About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.