NAWCAD Lakehurst, NYU sign educational partnership

By Alicia Mitchko | Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst | Feb. 19, 2021

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. —

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst and New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering recently signed an Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) to expand current recruitment efforts.

“We’ve had a close working relationship with NYU Tandon for many years now,” said Kathleen Donnelly, NAWCAD Lakehurst executive director. “Several NYU Tandon alumni have already proved to be assets to the Naval aviation mission here at Lakehurst. With the new EPA, I have no doubt we will be seeing many more talented minds supporting the fleet.”

In addition to increasing recruitment efforts, the partnership allows for NYU Tandon’s students to participate in NAWCAD Lakehurst’s Capstone Project Program Initiative. The program provides students hands-on experience finding solutions to current engineering problems affecting the fleet.

NYU Tandon’s current development of a new Master of Science degree program focused on Advanced Manufacturing (AM) will also provide future capstone project students the ability to assist with the development of Cyberinfrastructure for Sustaining Digital Manufacturing Innovation (CSSI) technologies. NAWCAD Lakehurst utilizes CSSI technologies for both research and the production of components for naval air systems.  

“This rapidly growing industrial field is in immediate need of structured educational programs,” said Haidy Oliveira, NAWCAD Lakehurst education outreach coordinator. “NYU Tandon’s future AM degree program appears well-tailored to meet that need, and is expected to provide a wide range of relevant skills to students and future engineers.”

Through the EPA, NAWCAD Lakehurst will also provide mentorship opportunities to NYU Tandon students while working to streamline qualified engineers into the Navy workforce.

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