(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) As part of a continuing partnership, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Khalifa University recently hosted an Innovation Summit for local college students and faculty members to encourage interest and collaboration in the field of engineering.
The Summit began with remarks by Khalifa University President Dr. Tod A. Laursen. He welcomed Lockheed Martin and highlighted the University's continuing commitment to advanced engineering and research.
"I would like to thank Lockheed Martin for helping us put on this exciting event," said Dr. Laursen. "Events like these add a very important dynamic to our students' education, giving them first-hand experience with industry, and industry leaders. Events like this also offer our faculty a wealth of opportunities for research, which is an important part of Khalifa University's mandate. We look forward to co-hosting more events with Lockheed Martin in the future, and to working with them on a wealth of different projects." The Summit included interactive demonstrations by Lockheed Martin researchers, followed by breakout sessions where students and faculty were given the opportunity to learn more about specific topics of interest.
"Lockheed Martin is honored to collaborate with Khalifa University to educate and inspire students in the field of engineering," said Nabil Azar, Director of Advanced Programs and Business Development for Lockheed Martin. "Our engineers are passionate about their work, and this was a great opportunity to share that passion and excitement with the future of our workforce." Khalifa University was established in February 2007 to complement Abu Dhabi's 2030 vision, which aims to build a knowledge-based economy that effectively contributes to the development of the UAE. The main campus is located in Abu Dhabi, with an additional campus in Sharjah.
Khalifa University offers bachelor degrees in several computer science and engineering disciplines. Master degree programs are also offered in International and Civil Security, Information Security, Nuclear, Electrical and Computer Engineering. Doctorate programs are available in Engineering with an option to specialize in specific fields.
Lockheed Martin and Khalifa University are collaborating on big data analytics research and development needed for the discovery of complex, evolving activities with many components in streams of social network data.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation's net sales for 2011 were 46.5 billion.