Successful Corporate Partnerships
A successful partnership between Penn Engineering and a corporation is a multifaceted and mutually beneficial relationship. In partnering with us, corporations have a unique opportunity to work with our faculty and gain valuable resources and technologies while at the same time providing real-world educational and research opportunities to our faculty and students. Read on for spotlights featuring some of our most successful corporate partnerships.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Penn Engineering’s partnership with the Lockheed Martin Corporation is long-standing and has fully taken advantage of the opportunities there are here at Penn Engineering. Over the years, Lockheed Martin has been a strong recruiter of our graduates and now employs over 300 Penn Alumni.
Our research relationship with Lockheed Martin has grown as they continue to partner with several of our faculty to create new technologies, discover and solve the problems faced by industry today. This research connection to Penn Engineering has further been strengthened by the corporation’s generous sponsorship of many projects and programs, such as the Penn chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and the Formula SAE Racing Team. Little Ben, Penn’s autonomous vehicle that performed outstandingly in the DARPA Urban Challenge, was sponsored by Lockheed Martin in the form of materials, equipment and their assistance and expertise in construction. Their key contributions have created a prospering relationship with exchanges of technology, educational knowledge and real-world, hands-on experiences.
Susquehanna International Group
The Susquehanna International Group (SIG) has partnered with and has given our Computer Graphics program its single largest corporate gift to date. Because of the generosity of SIG, Penn Engineering is now home to the SIG Center for Computer Graphics, a state-of-the-art facility housing an academic motion capture studio and a laboratory for special effects, computer graphics and animation.
SIG, a company at the helm of the latest trends in trading, market making and research, employs five Ph.D. graduates of the Penn Engineering Computer Graphics program. The company has chosen to demonstrate its appreciation of the contributions of our graduates by giving our current and future students the chance to learn and work in a new magnificent venue. In the future, this partnership with SIG and Penn Engineering will have the opportunity to grow into further exchanges between SIG and our faculty and students.
Honeywell’s partnership with Penn Engineering began as the result of a specific research question involving the field of embedded systems (ES). Honeywell approached a group of Penn Engineering faculty working in the area of ES and discussed ways to enhance existing systems. Since that time, this partnership has grown into a strong research exchange and has evolved into other projects and technologies. The key outcome for our students and faculty is that they are afforded the opportunity to tackle real problems and situations faced by industry, allowing them to exercise knowledge and expertise normally only practiced in theory or in the lab. By partnering with Penn Engineering, Honeywell has been able to engage with a local institution for R&D matters and the school has been given valuable opportunities and experiences.