Notre Dame and Lockheed Martin sign Master Research Agreement
Observer Staff Report | Sunday, November 7, 2021
Notre Dame’s president Fr. John Jenkins and Lockheed Martin Corporation met Thursday to sign a Master Research Agreement designed to open the door for future collaborations in order to advance aerospace research and display the desire of the two institutions to accelerate their ongoing relationship, according to a press release.
“Notre Dame and Lockheed Martin have a rich history of collaborating on research benefiting the aerospace industry. This agreement will enable us to build upon that relationship,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Notre Dame. “It represents a major step forward in Notre Dame’s footprint in aerospace research; we are grateful to have Lockheed Martin as a trusted partner in this growth.”
The Master Research Agreement reportedly is expected to provide a more efficient structure for administrative work, time and resources than typical industry-sponsored university research projects and, as a result, streamline the development of research collaborations, the release said.
The University’s contributions to aerospace research date back to 1882, when Albert Zahm built one of the first wind tunnels in the U.S. Currently, the University is working with other partners to develop the largest quiet hypersonic wind tunnels in the U.S, according to the release.