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MU Engineering, Honeywell team up on national security, experiential learning

Julie Aitkens, director of engineering at Honeywell; Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the MU College of Engineering; Garnett Stokes, MU Interim Chancellor and Provost; Andy Gibler BS ’84, assistant manager, Office of Support Operations for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Field Office; Robin Stubenhofer, vice president of engineering at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies; Mark McIntosh, interim vice chancellor for the Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development.

From left to right: Julie Aitkens, director of engineering at Honeywell; Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the MU College of Engineering; Garnett Stokes, MU Interim Chancellor and Provost; Andy Gibler BS ’84, assistant manager, Office of Support Operations for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Field Office; Robin Stubenhofer, vice president of engineering at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies; Mark McIntosh, interim vice chancellor for the Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development. Photo by Amy Parris.

On June 6, representatives from the University of Missouri and Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies signed an industry agreement that will utilize the strengths of both entities for their mutual benefit, an agreement which will also serve to greatly benefit the College of Engineering.

This master collaboration agreement will provide College of Engineering students with unique professional development and career opportunities while allowing MU and Honeywell to partner on technologies that benefit national security by helping foster the sharing of resources and knowledge between the two entities.

“Honeywell’s history of success and proven track record as an industrial partner with colleges and universities provided an enticing opportunity for the University of Missouri, and this Master Collaboration Agreement will allow these two great institutions to benefit greatly from each other’s strengths,” MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa said.

The event included brief remarks and tours of the University of Missouri Research Reactor and several College of Engineering labs, alongside the official signing by MU Interim Chancellor and Provost Garnett Stokes and Honeywell officials Robin Stubenhofer, vice president of engineering at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, and Andy Gibler, a 1984 MU Engineering alumnus and assistant manager of Honeywell’s Office of Support Operations for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Field Office.

The partnership with Honeywell will benefit the organization and the College of Engineering, which can provide even greater experiential learning opportunities for students and research resources for faculty. The College will contribute extensive knowledge, particularly in the areas of big data and micro-electrical-mechanical systems, in order to solve pressing national security needs. Potential areas of collaboration and foci for future projects were discussed at a kickoff event between Honeywell and the College of Engineering back in April.

“Education is the foundation of a skilled workforce and helps fuel innovation,” said Robin Stubenhofer, vice president of engineering at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies. “We are pleased to collaborate with the University of Missouri in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Together we will advance the national security mission.”

The agreement will also allow expedition of current Honeywell-funded research contracts at the University of Missouri as well as providing MU researchers, including engineering faculty, to utilize Honeywell’s cutting-edge equipment to create even better technologies for the benefit of national security.

“These types of industry partnerships help to strengthen our commitment to providing the necessary resources to research faculty while maintaining our charge to provide a student-centric learning experience in STEM-related fields. This new partnership will offer a wealth of opportunities for students as they continue to grow in their higher education and professional careers,” Stokes said.