Innovation Campus

The INNOVATION CAMPUS STEM collaboration project was initiated in early 2010 by Dr. J.D. Rottweiler, President of Cochise College and Mr. Kevin Goates, Director of the Northrop Grumman Technical Services Unmanned Systems Integration Center.

The initial partners included Buena HS, Cochise College, UofA South, U.S. Army at Ft. Huachuca and Northrop Grumman. A “presidential” kickoff event was held during May featuring President Rottweiler of Cochise College, President Robert Shelton, University of Arizona, Assoc. Superintendent Kriss Hagerl-Sierra Vista School district, Jerry Proctor, Deputy to the Commanding General at Ft. Huachuca and a keynote by Tom Vice, President of Northrop Grumman Technical Services.

The Presidential launch event was reported by both the Sierra Vista Herald on Thursday, May 26, 2012 and the American Society of Engineering Education.

Operational components include support of Project Lead the Way to receive National Certification at Buena HS, approximately 20 Northrop Grumman funded scholarships at Cochise College, UofA South, UofA and several high schools in both Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties. Northrop Grumman engineers are actively engaged with Cochise College to develop course material for the UAS Center of Excellence Aviation Technology Program plus hardware and software donations to augment the program.

The scope has broadened to include STEM initiatives at high schools throughout Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties plus a charter school in Tucson. The UofA South and Cochise College campuses in Nogales, AZ are aligned to enhance various activities at Nogales and Patagonia HS. In addition, programs now include both ASU Polytechnic in Chandler and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

The INNOVATION CAMPUS partners are active in the Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Defence Research Collaboration, advisory boards at UofA, ASU and ERAU and several student projects throughout Arizona.”

Innovation Campus Questions? Contact

Dr. Ricardo G. Sanfelice-University of Arizona

Ricardo is the Society of Hispanic Engineers Educator of the Year for 2012, He is originally from Argentina, has MS and PhD degrees from UC Santa Barbara with post docs at MIT and Ecole de Mines in Paris. He is a popular teacher and researcher focused on UAS. See links below for more information on Dr. Sanfelice.

Dr. Ricardo G. Sanfelice, Assistant Professor
Aerospace Mechanical Engineering – University of Arizona
520-626-0676 and

K-12 STEM Opportunities
Ben Berry

Science, Engineering and Math Programs
Beth Ann Krueger, PhD

Computer, Aviation and Technology Programs
Bruce Richardson
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