L-3 Platform Systems’ Nick Farah Lauds Industry/University Research Partnerships

WACO, TX - At an April 24, 2014 gathering at the Baylor Sciences Building, the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) Foundation's Leaders in Innovation seminar series hosted L-3 Aerospace Systems senior executive Mr. Nick Farah. Speaking to an attentive audience, Farah outlined the important role that research collaborations between industry and higher education institutions can play in helping both organizations achieve their objectives.

A degreed engineer, Farah currently holds the positions of sector president of L-3 Platform Systems and division president of L-3 Platform Integration. Early in his tenure, he initiated a strong new emphasis on collaborative research between Baylor and the Fortune 250 leader in aerospace, communications and electronic systems, and national security solutions. The move has led to several externally funded research collaborations focused on advanced composite materials and airborne communications systems.

This year, L-3 Platform Integration became the first corporate tenant in the BRIC, establishing a collaborative research presence that could grow from the 20 L-3 engineers currently at the BRIC to as many as twice that next year. At one point, addressing Baylor administrators and faculty researchers in the audience, Farah described the arrangement as both lasting and beneficial to both parties.

"Clearly, this initiative provides a lot of benefits for us," Farah said. "I want to attract innovative engineers. I want to attract people. I want to be at the heart of technological advancements. You help me attract talent. At the same time, together we are helping the local economy by attracting and retaining graduates. That part of the collaboration is very powerful."

"We were the first corporate tenant in the BRIC and I remain committed. I can tell you that the people who will come after me will also be committed to continuing this collaborative effort and to growing it."

Farah described the sometimes disorienting pace at which technologies can rise, bloom and fall into obsolescence. He stressed the crucial role industry/university collaborations can play in helping a company weather technological cycles.

"It's all about change. Change is happening every day; things are constantly changing," he said. "How do we deal with that change? Let's collaborate! Take the best in industry, take the best in education and put them together. If you can do that, now you are dealing with a more significant 'sum-of-all.'"

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.

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.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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.