Ole Miss Engineering has selected Raytheon Intelligence & Space for its inaugural Industry Partner Award
Industry Partner Award
We created the award to recognize a company playing an important role in supporting our mission and growth. Such partnerships are critical to spurring discoveries and educating future engineering leaders who will power economic development at the state and regional levels. The Industry Partner Award highlights the importance and priority of engaging partners in industry.
Through this engagement, Ole Miss Engineering and the partner find mutually beneficial outcomes – from on-campus awareness and student recruitment to research and innovation and economic empowerment.
Our partnership with Raytheon Intelligence & Space
Raytheon Intelligence & Space – a major business segment of U.S. defense conglomerate Raytheon Technologies – specializes in developing advanced sensors, training, and cyber and software solutions. The company’s Forest, Mississippi-based facility recently expanded its RADAR and electronic warfare manufacturing capabilities.
As an Ole Miss affiliate in the Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center, the company has enabled student and faculty research in this area. BWAC provides experiential learning opportunities for students, such as proficiency in specialist tools used at Raytheon’s Forest operations.
BWAC faculty research includes the fabrication and testing of additively manufactured radio frequency devices and antennas as well as the development of operational principles of antenna cloaking. While beneficial to Raytheon Technologies and industry overall, these projects deepen faculty expertise and academic presence for Ole Miss engineering.
Raytheon Intelligence & Space employs a strong base of Ole Miss engineering graduates. In the past four years alone, the company has hired nine engineering students.
Recognizing this valuable connection, RI&S has been actively increasing engagement at the university level. It has been working to establish partnerships with the School of Education and the Center for Math and Science Education to strengthen K-12 STEM activities, as well as with Veteran and Military Services to support military-connected students at Ole Miss.
“Our Forest facility has relied heavily on Ole Miss Engineering graduates to fill its technical staffing needs and provide technical leadership on major defense projects for our nation’s warfighters,” said Noel Ellis, director of engineering learning and university relations, Raytheon Intelligence & Space.
“Ole Miss graduates are able to provide critical program support from day one with minimal learning curve. That is a testament to their excellent preparation,” Ellis said. “Not only are they equipped with technical skills, their well-rounded curriculum and experiences provide them with the leadership and teamwork skills needed in today’s challenging work environment.”