Stevens, UTC and Space Systems: A Successful Collaboration

8/2/2011

Space Systems (SS) seeks to provide opportunities for engineers to continually grow through education and work assignments. “As the business has progressed over the years, so has the complexity of the systems we provide. Enhancing our systems engineering skill set is critical to successfully execute programs which span our multiple sites,” states SS Engineering manager, Chuck Bosomworth. The partnership between United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and Stevens Institute of Technology provides one means to help with this initiative. Through the University’s Systems and Enterprises Graduate Certificate Program, engineers have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the world of systems engineering through online training and hands-on experience.

 

Prior to this program, Stevens Institute of Technology and Space Systems have had a long history together. SS engineer and former Stevens graduate, Bob Thoelen, has been recruiting at the institute for many years. “Bob and Stevens have provided Space Systems with a continuous pipeline of tremendously talented engineers,” stated Bosomworth during a recent graduation ceremony.

 

The graduate certificate program consists of four courses (12 credits), which takes approximately one year to complete. The cost of the program is fully covered under UTC’s Employee Scholar program. Of the four courses, Windsor Locks graduates, Wesley Kent and Mark Biamonte, agreed that the most engaging course was System Design, Verification, and Validation. Professors from Stevens traveled to various HS sites conducting the course in a laboratory setting, which involved dismantling a small communications satellite including test and validation of components and subsystems.

 

To date, 28 SS engineers have enrolled in the program and 12 have graduated. “As graduates, we have become a resource pool available for mentoring and assisting current and future students,” notes Joyce Carpenter, July graduate and SS project engineer. Congratulations to all for taking time out of their busy lives to complete the program.

 

Original article by Anne Parker, Hamilton Sundstrand. Permission to republish granted by Hamilton Sundstrand Corp.  Permission to republish is not an endorsement of Stevens Institute of Technology or its activities by Hamilton Sundstrand Corp.