Administrators at the University of Missouri have signed an industry agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies that will position MU College of Engineering faculty, staff and students to partner on technologies that enhance national security while providing engineering students with important internships and career development opportunities. The master collaboration agreement, signed by Interim Chancellor and Provost Garnett Stokes and Honeywell officials, will help expedite research contracts that are funded by Honeywell at Mizzou and will help foster the exchange of ideas, research, equipment and personnel between the two organizations.
“Honeywell’s engagement with the community and especially with higher education is a wonderful opportunity for the University of Missouri,” said Stokes. “These types of industry partnerships help to strengthen our commitment to providing the necessary resources to research faculty while maintaining our charge to provide a student-centric learning experience in STEM-related fields. This new partnership will offer a wealth of opportunities for students as they continue to grow in their higher education and professional careers.” Currently, Honeywell employs more than 190 graduates from the University of Missouri, a figure that is expected to rise as the collaboration continues to take shape.
“Mizzou is proud to enhance our longstanding partnership with Honeywell though the signing of this agreement,” said Mark McIntosh, interim vice chancellor for the Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development. “Mizzou’s strong ties to industry ensure that our students and faculty engage in vital, cutting-edge research and educational enrichment while at the same time supporting the state’s economy through the creation of jobs and internships.”
Honeywell manages the Kansas City National Security Campus, an engineering and advanced manufacturing collaborative that supports the National Nuclear Security Administration. Honeywell and the College of Engineering will share resources, space and equipment as the two look to discover and implement new strategies. MU researchers will share their knowledge in big data analytics and Micro-Electrical-Mechanical systems (MEMs), or tiny micromachines that can be put to use in national security monitoring applications, among other fields of expertise.
“Solving future global challenges requires even broader thinking and approaches,” said Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the MU College of Engineering. “Universities and industry partners teaming up to meet these challenges makes sense. Not only does the partnership provide experiential learning opportunities to our students to prepare them for the workforce, but it also allows academia and industry to utilize their strengths in pursuit of a common goal.” “Education is the foundation of a skilled workforce and helps fuel innovation,” said Robin Stubenhofer, vice president of engineering at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies.
“We are pleased to collaborate with the University of Missouri in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Together we will advance the national security mission.”
About Honeywell: Honeywell manages and operates the Kansas City National Security Campus in Kansas City, Missouri, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
About the MU College of Engineering: More than 300 Mizzou Engineering alumni currently serve as presidents or CEOs of companies worldwide, earning degrees from an institution that not only provided them an exceptional education but also allowed them to participate in ongoing research and develop the communication skills necessary to become leaders in the fielD.
PHOTO ABOVE: Master Collaboration Signing – Julie Aitkens, director of engineering at Honeywell; Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the MU College of Engineering; Garnett Stokes, MU Interim Chancellor and Provost; Andy Gibler BS ’84, assistant manager, Office of Support Operations for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Field Office; Robin Stubenhofer, vice president of engineering at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies; Mark McIntosh, interim vice chancellor for the Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development. Credit: Amy Parris, College of Engineering