June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
College Industry Partnerships
Acceleration in the pace of technological advancements forces defense industry to rapidly adopt to the modern warfare requirements and keep up with the latest available technologies in a highly competent market. Additionally, increasing costs, a more multipolar world order and new types of threats necessitating new technologies, products and processes renders industry-university collaborations a must, not a choice. In this paper, we present a new model for a direct industry-university partnership program, Aselsan Academy, formed by Aselsan Inc., biggest defense contractor in Turkey, and 4 major Turkish research universities: Gazi University, Gebze Technical University, Istanbul Technical University and Middle East Technical University. The state-approved graduate program offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees to Aselsan employees in the fields of electrical, computer, mechanical, and materials engineering. Lectures are held in the main campus of Aselsan Inc., given by academic staff of the four universities and Ph.D. employees of the company. Thesis topics are set in parallel to the technological roadmap of the company; by the employee, his/her managers, principal supervisor in the university and a Ph.D. co-supervisor from Aselsan. Graduate work of the employees is aimed to solve problems and/or develop cutting edge products, methods and technologies directly related to employees own projects and responsibilities in Aselsan. During the studies, the students are allowed to have 17 hours/week (paid) for their graduate studies and also encouraged to participate in conferences and other academic events. After completion of the studies, students are awarded diplomas from the partner universities. Currently, at its second year, there are more than 300 employees enrolled to the program working on a broad range of topics such as: 5G networks, electro-optic systems, new generation radars, artificial intelligence, machine learning, smart materials and composite ceramics. In Aselsan Academy, we aim to form a sustainable industry-academia collaboration model to develop next generation defense systems and technologies.
Çelik, M. (2019, June), Aselsan Academy: A New Industry-Academia Partnership Model Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32108
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