Raytheon Opening Office at UA Tech Park
The University of Arizona's connection to the Tucson aerospace industry is strengthening with Raytheon Missiles & Defense announcing it will move into office space at Tech Park at the Bridges. With more than 10,000 employees, Raytheon is one of Tucson's largest employers, and frequently hires UA's engineering graduates. The company will lease approximately 14,000 square feet of office space at the Tech Park's building called The Refinery, moving in alongside several UA units.
“The Refinery provides us the much needed space where we can continue to collaborate with our university partners and government agencies to develop next-generation technology,” said Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “It will also help us continue to develop the local workforce for future careers in aerospace and enable us to expand are our research due to the proximity to the University of Arizona’s engineering facilities.”
The Arizona Daily Star noted how UA has upped its game in aerospace engineering with a major expansion of its wind-tunnel labs to meet a growing demand from Raytheon and government researchers to develop hypersonic weapons to meet emerging global threats from Russia and China.
“Raytheon’s commitment to The Refinery is an extension of the robust relationship with the University of Arizona,” said Carol Stewart, vice president for Tech Parks Arizona. “We purposefully built the UA Tech Park to facilitate university-industry interaction and create a sandbox for new technology advancement and economic prosperity.”