Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received the Industry Research Sponsor Award from the UCF School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). The annual award recognizes one company for its consistent support of research activities at the school.

Harris and UCF have an ongoing agreement to promote research and development in a variety of engineering fields. Harris donated $3 million to UCF in 2005 that was matched by state funds and used to equip research labs in the school’s Harris Corporation Engineering Center. The labs specialize in some of today’s most advanced engineering disciplines, such as microwave and wireless communications, full-motion video processing, computer vision, robotics, software engineering and large-scale designs.

“The UCF School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is playing a key role in expanding the technology base of Central Florida and in preparing the highly skilled workforce upon which Harris and other technology companies rely,” said Kent Buchanan, chief technology officer of Harris and vice president of Engineering for its Government Communications Systems business. “Harris has had a strong relationship with UCF for many years and some 690 graduates are employed at every level of our organization. We are honored to receive the 2009 Industry Research Sponsor award.”

“The Harris/UCF relationship is an excellent example of the community benefits that result when industry and education work together to achieve larger goals,” said Dr. Mubarak Shah, Agere Chair professor at the UCF School of EECS, and chair of the Industry Day organizing committee. “The partnership we have with Harris is a win-win situation. In addition to helping provide students a superior education, their support offers our researchers the opportunity to solve real-world problems while Harris has access to research findings that are important to new technology initiatives.”

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists.