University of Michigan aerospace engineering students have been given access to assist Leidos’ Mayhem program to develop an air-breathing hypersonic missile.
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Leidos was awarded the $334 million, 51-month contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory late last year.
Leidos Innovations Center operations manager Artie Mabbett said students will cooperate through the university’s Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) lab to assemble pieces of the MBSE environment.
“The University of Michigan will be a critical component to the Mayhem strategy,” he said.
“The students will gain firsthand experience experimenting with DE/MBSE tools aiding in development of the virtual ecosystem that will ultimately be transitioned to a Leidos environment for implementation on the Mayhem program.
“Not only does this benefit the program directly, but it also creates a pipeline of incredible talent with real-world experience for the defence industrial complex.”
The initial team of aerospace engineering students has been selected by University of Michigan aerospace engineering professor of practice and MBSE lab program director George Halow.
“Our team can have a significant impact in establishing a standard for models-based systems engineering that will help Leidos unlock massive efficiencies, cost, and time savings,” Professor Halow said.
“It is our goal to help industry make this happen by giving aerospace students and our partners the tools they need to be successful.
“Leidos has been leading the way in our MBSE and systems engineering leadership program at Michigan Aerospace.
“They show the critical industry need and are active participants in developing the next generation of leaders in this space. This is the future of our field, and we’re grateful for partners like Leidos who see the way forward.”
The MBSE Leadership Lab is sponsored by Leidos.