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Archer Center Visits Lockheed Martin

Last month, more than 30 Rensselaer students traveled to the Lockheed Martin MS2 Radar Systems facility in Syracuse, N.Y., for an onsite leadership event, coordinated through the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development. Lockheed Martin designs and builds sophisticated ground-based and airborne surveillance radars and electronic warfare systems.

The students were given an overview of the leadership skills needed for success in the work place from the site’s chief engineer, followed by a problem-solving activity facilitated by the Archer Center. The activity, designed to highlight leadership skills of communication and innovation, illustrated how interpersonal skills are key to effectively utilizing technical skill sets within a team setting. Students also participated in a series of interactive lessons which illustrated that technological skills alone are insufficient to achieving success.

Additionally, Lockheed Martin engineers led students in an exercise that offered tips on the life-long skill of networking. Other activities included interactive exercises focused on adapting to change, team work, project management, and maintaining a positive relationship with customers.

Founded in 1992, the Archer Center’s mission is to provide opportunities to enhance leadership and followership skills, including communication skills, teamwork, multiculturalism, values, ethics, and self awareness. Programs are available — both inside and outside of the classroom — for the benefit of Rensselaer students, faculty, staff, administrators, and local communities.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 19, December 10, 2010
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