BAE Systems, Inc. is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems in air, on land, at sea, and in space. Their North American operating groups are:
- Customer Solutions, in Arlington, Virginia
- Electronics and Integrated Solutions, in Nashua, New Hampshire
- Land and Armaments Group, in Arlington, Virginia
- Their products include systems for aeronautics, navigation, reconnaissance and surveillance, space electronics, technology for combat systems, intelligent munitions, hybrid power supplies, automation and robotics.
BAE Systems, Inc. is committed to education and skills development throughout its global business. They believe it is vital to encourage young people to consider careers in science and engineering.
In the U.S., they are involved in a range of activities, including the FIRST (for Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) program, an international engineering-based competition. In FIRST, high school students develop team-building and engineering skills by designing and building robots that can accomplish a range of tasks.
Through the NASA Space Grant Exploration Systems and the University of New Hampshire, BAE Systems offers four summer internships to UNH undergraduate students studying engineering or physics. Interns are assigned to BAE Systems' Space Systems and Electronics business in Merrimack, N.H. BAE Systems has also established a graduate fellowship for engineering students at UNH.
Locally, the Nashua, N.H., unit of BAE Systems North America supports NH high school students competing in the FIRST robotics challenge. They financially support a high school team, and the BAE staff mentors that team in designing, building and testing their competition robots. Their employees also serve as N.H. First LEGO League partner, bringing this middle school program to future engineers.