Purdue University is partnering with a university in the United Kingdom to offer a military-focused engineering degree to benefit staff at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division.
Purdue and Cranfield University have created a dual master’s degree in defense engineering and technology with a specialization in expeditionary warfare.
The skills and expertise would be beneficial when a country’s military is deployed to fight overseas.
Purdue says the program intends to train members of the U.S. Department of Defense and its allies in military arts, science and technology. The first cohort had 37 students from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona, in California, and the defense contractor community in southern Indiana.
“Crane worked very hard to identify a cohort of students with specific educational needs and who were ready to get started, so we began offering courses in the summer of 2019 in anticipation of program approval,” said Steve Beaudoin, academic director of the program and director of the Purdue Energetics Research Center.
Students will complete 36 credit hours of graduate coursework and three credit hours of research. The program includes instruction from both Purdue and Cranfield faculty.
The instruction is being offered at Purdue@WestGate in Odon.