Northrop Grumman, UAE's Higher Colleges of Technology to Partner for Fourth
Annual Unmanned Aircraft Innovation Challenge in April 2014
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 18, 2013
-- New Memorandum of Understanding Continues STEM Partnership
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Northrop Grumman
Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the United Arab Emirates' Higher Colleges of
Technology (HCT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue
their highly successful science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) partnership known as Innovation Challenge into 2014.
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"Northrop Grumman is committed to strengthening science, technology,
engineering and mathematics education and to encourage student interest in
STEM-related programs and careers," said Doug Raaberg, chief executive UAE,
Northrop Grumman. "We are proud to sponsor this challenging competition that
encourages innovation among students in the UAE."
Starting with the first Innovation Challenge event in 2011, HCT students have
gained practical experience in designing, building, and testing a model-sized,
unmanned aerial vehicle under the guidance of Northrop Grumman engineers.
"Northrop Grumman is proud to actively sponsor and participate in an
initiative such as Innovation Challenge, which encourages Emirati students'
creativity while also teaching valuable technical skills," said Mary
Petryszyn, vice president, International, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
"The UAE Innovation Challenge ensures that knowledge and technology is
actively passed on to younger generations, which leaders in the UAE have
emphasized as an important element of the country's future. It is a perfect
example of Northrop Grumman's commitment to cultivate widespread literacy in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics by encouraging student
interest in STEM programs and careers, especially among females and other
The MOU further expands Northrop Grumman's focus on domestic and international
educational programs aimed at deepening student interest and appreciation for
STEM programs and careers.
"The 2014 Innovation Challenge will build on the great success of the previous
events and we will see our students, both male and female, demonstratehow
they are able to utilize the knowledge they gain in their courses in such a
practicaland hands-on manner," said Dr. Tayeb Kamali, HCT vice chancellor.
"This competition is a clear example of HCT's learning-by-doing philosophy and
we appreciate Northrop Grumman's continued commitment to our students."
Following months of mentoring by Northrop Grumman engineers, the HCT student
teams will compete in a flying competition, open to the public, April 22-23,
2014 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi . Student teams are judged on
specific criteria in the flying competition and must provide an oral
presentation on the design and build of its UAV. The winning team will receive
an all-expense paid trip to the United States where they will tour Northrop
Grumman facilities on the West Coast as well as educational institutions with
specialties in robotics and other areas of interest.
Founded in 1988, The Higher Colleges of Technology has grown to become the
largest of the higher educational institutions in the UAE, gaining a
well-respected reputation for innovative and experiential teaching and
learning practices which incorporate cutting edge technologies and the latest
in 21 ^st century methodologies. For more information on HCT visit
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