GAINESVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Raytheon Company and the University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering have joined in a cooperative program, the Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) two-semester course for UF engineering students, to develop new software, learn more about secure coding practices and better understand systems engineering. Raytheon Company, a global technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions, has been accepted into the University of Florida’s business incubation system as a resident client of UF Innovate | The Hub.

The IPPD program is supported by Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business located in Largo, Florida. The IPPD course is an opportunity for top UF engineering students and faculty to develop their knowledge and skills in an actual environment for administrative and operational mission planning.

“Operating within The Hub is a great opportunity to work closely with top engineering faculty and students in Florida,” stated Mark Sanders, operations manager for Cyber Services at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “The Hub is truly the epicenter of entrepreneurial activity in Gainesville. It is conveniently located close to the campus and has the perfect facilities to promote student/company interaction.”

“This is a perfect fit for our program,” said Mark Long, director of UF Incubation Services. “The Hub’s mission is to further entrepreneurship and education, and having an internationally-renowned company such as Raytheon here will definitely encourage students and faculty to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.”

About Raytheon Company

Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Follow us on Twitter.

About UF Innovate | The Hub

UF Innovate | The Hub is a University of Florida business incubator with a mission to build, drive and support innovation. The incubator is recognized as a major catalyst in helping propel the university city of Gainesville, FL, to become one of the top energized tech communities in the Southeast. The “hub” of the North Central Florida entrepreneurial ecosystem has a global outreach. The 100,000 sq. ft. incubator provides state-of-the-art wet laboratory, light manufacturing and office space, with advising, mentoring, education, programs and amenities to help entrepreneurs and innovators succeed. Resident and affiliate programs are available to assist startups, small business and growth companies.

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