2021 March 2021 News

Navy mines SMU’s virtualization expertise

A research and development agreement between SMU’s AT&T Center for Data Virtualization and the U.S. Navy research facility in San Diego will open doors for students to defense industry careers.

SMU, on behalf of the University’s AT&T Center for Virtualization, has executed a Navy Cooperative Research and Development Agreement  with the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific). The research facility in San Diego provides the U.S Navy and military with essential capabilities in the areas of command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber and space.

SMU will benefit from NIWC Pacific’s access to technical data, says Suku Nair, Center director and a University Distinguished Professor in the Lyle School of Engineering. The Navy research facility will benefit from SMU’s expertise in virtualization technologies including enterprise and telecom virtualization, artificial intelligence/machine learning, cyber security, and in application of reliability, supportability and cyber security to defense systems. NIWC Pacific will also gain improved access to Dallas/Fort Worth defense contractors including Raytheon Technologies, Lockheed Martin, L3Harris, Bell Textron, Boeing and Elbit.

As a result of the agreement, SMU students trained in data science, statistical science, computer science, software engineering, cyber security and systems engineering will be well-positioned for recruitment opportunities in careers supporting U.S. Department of Defense initiatives.

Read more at SMU Research.

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