Tech Mahindra to collaborate with NIAR/WSU

Tractor, utility vehicle and information technology specialist Tech Mahindra will work with Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research on aerospace engineering and other technologies.

Tech Mahindra (Alpharetta, Ga., USA), a supplier of tractors, utility vehicles and information technology, announced on July 16 that it will collaborate with Wichita State University (Wichita, Kan., USA) and its National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) on aerospace engineering, certification, information technology and automotive testing.

Tech Mahindra plans to invest in equipping the engineering talent available in the region to enhance its employability in the Wichita aerospace community. This investment will enable the company to provide end-to-end solutions in design, testing and certification for global aerospace and automotive customers and prospects in the region.

The collaboration will not only ensure that Tech Mahindra has a local pool of trained aerospace, information technology and automotive engineers available to service its global network of clients, but will also facilitate cooperative initiatives in the area of innovation and R&D projects including possible involvement with WSU's Innovation Campus.

"We are eager to leverage the local talent pool by working with WSU's National Institute for Aviation Research as it takes a leadership role in supporting the global aviation industry with its research, development, testing, certification and training services," says Krishna Balasubramaniam, Tech Mahindra head of Americas, aerospace and defense tech. "I strongly believe that this synergy can help us reach the next level of solution offerings to our marquee customers, addressing their custom needs and industry-specific requirements in the areas of certification and testing."

The partnership will enable WSU to further expand its footprint into the automotive industry, and provide WSU students an opportunity to develop industry skills through involvement in Tech Mahindra research and testing projects.

"Collaboration between WSU and Tech Mahindra will provide unique advantages for both entities," says John Tomblin, WSU's vice president for research and technology transfer. "WSU will get firmly connected to the automotive and industrial sector, allowing students to gain real-world engineering skills in a unique sector; and Tech Mahindra will gain access to WSU's extensive research and test lab capabilities and the opportunity to train students before they enter the workforce." 

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