North Carolina A&T State University Establishes Research Partnership with Collins Aerospace

The College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University has partnered with Collins Aerospace to provide collaborative aerospace technology research opportunIties between the two institutions.

“There are direct relations to the research we do in the College of Engineering and the mission purpose of Collins Aerospace,” said Stephanie Luster-Teasley, interim dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. “Being able to partner with Collins really gives our students the opportunities for hands-on research at each level – undergraduate and graduate.”

Through their collaboration, staff at Collins Aerospace and faculty and students at North Carolina A&T State University will jointly research areas such as material science, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and sustainability. The partnership is the first time Collins Aerospace, a division of the aerospace defense company RTX, has established a research agreement with a historically Black college or university. 

“We are very intrigued with the level and depth of research at N.C. A&T as well as the continued investment in building up research facilities on campus. That and the proximity to our locations was paramount to us,” said Mary Lombardo, vice president of research and technology at Collins Aerospace. “There is such great talent in our own backyard and we are excited to have the opportunity to develop a closer relationship between N.C. A&T students and our global engineering workforce throughout RTX.”

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