Technical University Delft, Fokker And Lockheed Martin Celebrate 10 Year Technology Partnership

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS, May 22, 2014 – A ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the F-35 internship program and technology partnership between Technical University Delft, Fokker and Lockheed Martin, was held today at the Societeit de Witte in The Hague.

Keynote speakers at the event included  Sjoerd Vollebregt, former chief executive officer, Fokker; Royal Netherlands Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Lt.Gen. Sander Schnitger;  Dirk Jan van den Berg, president of the Executive Board Delft University of Technology, and Steve O’Bryan, Lockheed Martin vice president, F-35 program integration and business development.  Former participants from the program were also in attendance.

“Success for our science, technology and math students today, depends on collaboration among industry, educators, policy makers and families.  As an industry leader, Lockheed Martin is committed to working with TU Delft and Fokker, along with other institutions, to develop programs designed to educate and inspire tomorrow’s high technology workforce,” said Steve O’Bryan. “The Delft University internship program is a key example of how we are working together to pioneer this cause.”

The Delft University internship is a five-month program where top engineering and science students have the opportunity to gain hands on experience through work on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program facilitated by Netherlands-based Fokker, at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas.  

“The F-35 program is an unequaled knowledge platform for all categories of aerospace education, and a stimulus for students and universities. It enables Dutch aerospace industry, knowledge institutes, universities and students to play in the champion’s league of aerospace. The knowledge the students from Delft University have gained during their internship at Lockheed Martin is a clear example of the innovative benefits of the F-35 program,” said Hans Büthker, Chief Executive Officer, Fokker Technologies.

The intern program began in 2003, as part of an agreement between Lockheed Martin, Fokker and Delft University, and since its inception, 72 interns have completed the program.

About TU Delft:
TU Delft collaborates with a large number of other educational and research institutes within the Netherlands and abroad and has a reputation for high-quality teaching and research. TU Delft has extensive contacts with governments, trade organisations, consultancies, the industry and small and medium-sized companies.  TU Delft cooperates with many other educational and research institutions, both in the Netherlands and abroad. The high quality of our research and teaching is renowned. TU Delft has numerous contacts with governments, trade associations, consultancies, industry and small and medium-sized companies.   Delft University of Technology's 8 faculties offer 14 bachelor programmes and more than 30 master programmes. 

About Fokker Technologies:
Fokker Technologies is the group name for four specialized Fokker Business Units: Fokker Aerostructures, Fokker Elmo, Fokker Landing Gear and Fokker Services. Fokker Technologies develops and produces advanced structures and electrical systems for the aviation and aerospace industry, and supplies integrated services and products to aircraft owners and operators. The group achieved a turnover of € 762 million in 2013 with 4,688 employees. Fokker owns facilities in the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, USA, Canada, Mexico, China and Singapore.

About Lockheed Martin:
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

Steve O’Bryan, vice president, F-35 program integration and business development, presents an award to Dirk Jan van den Berg, president of the Executive Board Delft University of Technology, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the TU Delft internship program facilitated by Lockheed Martin and Fokker.

Steve O’Bryan, vice president, F-35 program integration and business development, presents an award to Dirk Jan van den Berg, president of the Executive Board Delft University of Technology, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the TU Delft internship program facilitated by Lockheed Martin and Fokker.


Media Contacts:

Laurie Tortorello
Lockheed Martin
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Email: laurie.a.tortorello@lmco.com

Marianne Mulder
Fokker Aerostructures B.V.
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Email: marianne.mulder@fokker.com