Rowan University will play an active role in the development with Richard Stockton College of the NextGen Aviation Research and Technology Park through a partnership that will take advantage of Rowan’s engineering program to provide research opportunities for students and staff.
Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp said that while engineering will play a crucial role in the development of the park, there is no reason for Stockton to consider developing its own costly engineering school when Rowan already has an excellent program in South Jersey. Instead, he said, Stockton will focus on expanding its computer science, business and related programs to meet the future needs of the park.
“We really see an academic consortium of colleges, including Rowan, that will have a role there,” Saatkamp said. “Rowan will be active with us.”
Rowan already has a presence at the park through internships and research projects.
University President Ali Houshmand said the park is an excellent opportunity for the two colleges to work together as Rowan expands its role as the state’s third research university. He agreed that by working together the colleges can be more efficient and cost-effective.
Rowan developed its engineering program through the 1992 donation of $100 million by industrialist Henry Rowan, after whom the former Glassboro State College was then renamed. A $28 million engineering building opened in 1998.
Locally, Atlantic Cape Community College offers an aviation studies associate’s degree that provides courses in air traffic control and aviation weather and a private pilot ground school.
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