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Systems Engineering Students Complete Projects for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Lockheed Martin
Systems Engineering graduate students working with RIMES presented final deliverables and reports to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company executives in Fort Worth during August 2008.

Adrian Rios and Israel Gonzalez worked with LMC/AERO during the summer on two projects in Systems Engineering. One was the validation of the gun model for the Lockheed Martin fighter aircraft. While Adrian and Israel worked in Fort Worth, they were supported by Jorge Herrera, Enrique Carrejo, Alberto Garcia, and all graduate students in Systems Engineering working here at UTEP. The students were asked to look at the aircraft's internal gun model plus other models, assess analytical models to determine confidence levels regarding their capabilities and accuracies, run models with various input factors, and conduct statistical analyses using the models.

Summary engineering reports on analytical models for the gun and navigation aids were completed, as well as reports on the evaluation of existing Design of Experiments (DOE) tools SPCXL and DOE PRO XL for use in producing appropriate information. The students applied the gun analysis model plus others, as available and compared results to those obtained with the MINITAB software tool. The second project included the development of a user’s manual for the LMC intranet for this type of analytical modeling tool.

The students have been given two additional projects to be completed during the fall semester: RIMES Institute students will assist Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC) by investigating the integration of an enhanced Internal Communication System (ICS) into the carrier aircraft. Students will also investigate the incorporation of Terrain Following/Terrain Avoidance capability into the carrier. UTEP will assist LMC in carrying out the requirements analysis and mission assurance analysis for ICS and TF/TA leading to a recommendation for the development of a suitable solution for this aircraft.