UHCL-Boeing partnership offers engineering students opportunities seldom seen in academia
By: Katherine Adams
University of Houston-Clear Lake and Boeing have signed a contract enabling Boeing to offer engineering students entry level employment experience and internships that support multiple projects.
Boeing’s Houston site works with numerous programs and is focused on executing contracts supporting the International Space Station, CST-100 Starliner Commercial Crew Program and the Space Launch System. Additional programs supported by Houston-based engineering teams include the C-17 and other aircraft and space systems. To qualify for the employment program, students must meet basic engineering requirements for entry level work.
“University of Houston-Clear Lake’s mechanical engineering, computer engineering and software engineering students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of design, engineering and operations projects,” said College of Science and Engineering Dean Miguel Gonzalez. “Our students are being offered highly technical work experiences prior to graduation that are seldom seen in academia. It’s a win-win for Boeing, for UHCL, and for our students.”
Gonzalez said the agreement also encompassed five other projects that were similarly significant and impactful. “These are once in a lifetime opportunities for our students,” he said. “We believe there will be more to come, as our partnership matures. These experiences will open doors for our students when they graduate, both at Boeing and elsewhere.”
“Expanding our partnership with the University of Houston - Clear Lake creates tremendous opportunities for students to work on advanced technologies that are essential for human spaceflight and aerospace,” said John Mulholland, vice president and program manager, International Space Station, Boeing Defense, Space and Security. “Our support for this program demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to developing a diverse engineering talent pipeline for Boeing and future engineers.”
The teaming agreement will deepen Boeing’s ties with UHCL and will provide additional opportunities for engineering students over the course of the contract agreement, which runs through 2024.