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  • Ball Aerospace, Colorado State Launch Research Program
May 2003
BOULDER, Colo., May 7 -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Colorado State University (CSU) have launched a joint research program for atmospheric sciences research and satellite sensor development.

Ball Aerospace and CSU’s Department of Atmospheric Science will work to enhance collaboration between universities and industry, promote career training for future scientists and engineers and identify joint research opportunities.

"It is vital that our industry provide access to highly skilled engineering and science graduate students," said Drew Crouch, vice president of strategic development for Ball Aerospace. "Students benefit by practicing 'real-world' research, our company benefits by locating exceptional employees and both organizations are served by improving effective research of mutual interest."

CSU will recruit master's students, and the companies will select students from among the candidates to carry out research under a subcontract from Ball Aerospace. Ball Aerospace will also provide a staff member as a mentor for the selected students, and the students will be encouraged to participate in the Ball Aerospace summer internship program.

"Students participating in the program will follow a curriculum designed to balance the academic needs of the university with the skill base needs of Ball Aerospace," said Neal Gallagher, dean of the CSU College of Engineering. "It’s anticipated that upon completion of their master’s degree, students of the program may apply for positions within the company."

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