WACO, TX - Waco-based L-3 Platform Integration recently signed a lease doubling its current footprint at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) to approximately 5,300 square feet.
L-3 currently maintains a staff of up to 20 engineers in a 2,800-square-foot engineering and research office in the BRIC. The company's collaborations with Baylor researchers include projects focused on the analysis of advanced aerospace composite materials and advanced technologies for aircraft communications systems.
The newly leased space will be staffed by up to 20 additional engineers and will support increased research activities.
"The BRIC has already proven to be a valuable research asset and we are pleased to increase our presence at this world-class facility," said Nick Farah, sector president of L-3 Platform Systems, which includes the L-3 Platform Integration division.
The L-3 expansion comes as especially good news to Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor's vice provost for research and director of the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) at the BRIC. "It's encouraging when a major technology business already located in the BRIC sees the need to expand their space," he said. "It means the arrangement is working in a way that justifies their initial commitment and also expands the potential range of collaborative research projects with Baylor University. That's exciting. It's further evidence the BRIC discovery park concept, which includes a combination of university research, industry collaboration and workforce development, is proving to be successful."
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2013 sales of $12.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's website at ww.L-3com.com.
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Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.