Tuskegee enters research agreement with Lockheed Martin
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (August 24, 2011) — Tuskegee University has entered into a partnership with Lockheed Martin to help support academic research programs. On Aug. 18, the university, along with Auburn University and University of Alabama in Huntsville, signed a collaboration agreement to establish the Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace program in Huntsville, Ala. The program will support small businesses and universities participating in federal technology programs.
The program will focus on supporting emerging technology for missile defense applications.
Shaik Jeelani, vice president of Tuskegee’s Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, represented Tuskegee at the signing of the collaboration agreement in Huntsville on July 17. He said Lockheed Martin sought out Tuskegee and the other two universities for the collaboration because these institutions are engaged in cutting-edge research that is of interest to Lockheed Martin and the United States Department of Defense. He said the university can benefit from the future funding generated from the program. He also said students can gain opportunities from the collaboration.
“Students may have internships and get jobs at these places,” Jeelani said.
The program will support private and academic sector technology specialists in participating in the Department of Defense's Small Business Innovation Research, Technology Transfer and Mentor Protégé programs.
"Working together, Lockheed Martin and our university partners will further increase our active support of Department of Defense programs for small business and academic technology research," said John W. Holly, vice president of missile defense systems at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "This local-level initiative will provide national-level benefits by helping bring more cutting-edge technologies into the systems our war fighters rely upon to defend our country."
Lockheed Martin designs and produces ballistic missiles, interceptors, target missiles and re-entry systems. As part of the program, Lockheed Martin will provide a center at its Bradford Drive campus in Huntsville. The center will open by the end of this year and the company plans to expand the facility in 2012 to include a technology test bed where researchers will be able to enter their new products into a simulation environment to assess interoperability with Lockheed Martin and government systems.