Original Date: 07/25/2005
Revision Date: 09/12/2006
Best Practice : University Partnerships
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems developed special relationships with universities to recruit the best students and to access world-class research.
When Westinghouse was acquired by Northrop Grumman, the universal name recognition was lost when recruiting for new personnel. Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (NGES) believes that pure technology advances at universities will continue to outpace advances in industry; therefore, NGES cultivates its relationships with universities and academic institutions and believes it is critical in maintaining its continued success. Universities are targeted for special relationships based on four factors that include world-class research and technologies, special core competencies, historically Black colleges and universities, and state of Maryland colleges and universities.
Relationships have been developed and formalized with 8 of the top 20 schools in the nation. University Partnerships begin with research of a university’s rankings and core competencies. NGES actively participates on industry advisory boards to influence curriculum design and development. Research projects in support of NGES’ plans and needs are undertaken by those universities having the specialized expertise needed by the company. Six of the schools have agreements to match the number of scholarships awarded by NGES for students attending that school. NGES attends information sessions on campus and provides speakers for student professional society meetings. Senior projects and summer internships provide meaningful and stimulating work for students. Universities that have partnership agreements will provide up to two hours of free consulting. Many symposiums are conducted in various technology areas free of charge at the universities.
NGES benefits from its close relationships with universities by having more success in recruiting world-class engineering students and by having access to world-renowned professors for free consultation, expanded research capabilities, and cooperative research and development opportunities.
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