The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and The Patuxent Partnership formalized an educational partnership agreement that will advance scientific research and foster academic growth in science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. Representatives from those organizations gathered on the College campus Friday, March 23, to sign the agreement.

The signers included Tuajuanda C. Jordan, St. Mary’s College president; NSWC IHEODTD Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraft and Technical Director Ashley Johnson, and Bonnie Green, executive director, The Patuxent Partnership, a non-profit member organization that works with government, industry, and academia to advance technology-related education and workforce development.

(L-R) Bonnie Green, executive director, The Patuxent Partnership; Ashley Johnson, NSWC IHEODTD technical director; Scott Kraft, NSWC IHEODTD commanding officer; Tuajuanda C. Jordan, St. Mary’s College president

“Often, success is determined by the connections we make and the partnerships we establish,” said Jordan. “This agreement will enable our students and faculty to collaborate with industry experts and gain practical, hands-on skills that will give them a competitive edge in the marketplace.”

“This partnership is just another example of how we can leverage the knowledge around us in Southern Maryland to enhance energetic materials and systems to better support the Navy,” said Johnson.

“By providing opportunities at Indian Head for their research scientists and engineers to work with SMCM students and faculty, this agreement will strengthen and support the recruitment process and strengthen STEM workforce development,” said Green. “There will be additional opportunities for SMCM students to conduct research, work as interns, and pursue potential career opportunities. The Patuxent Partnership will foster these connections, identifying opportunities for students and faculty, and providing visibility and support.”

“We are excited about this partnership and look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise while attracting top-notch potential employees,” said Kraft. “We will also benefit from our partners’ expertise allowing us to boost our capabilities, products and services to the warfighter.”

The agreement will also provide educational and research experiences for St. Mary’s College students and faculty using expertise, unique facilities, equipment and technology. Furthermore, the agreement will facilitate student internships, particularly in fields relating to the real-world technical applications required by the U.S. Navy.