Space force

Clemson launches new partnership with US Space Force

CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) — The United States Space Force has welcomed Clemson aboard as an official member of its University Partnership Program.

The partnership gives Clemson students in STEM fields the opportunity to learn more about U.S. space operations and the possibility of securing employment with the Space Force upon graduation.

“To ensure that we develop the space leaders we need for both the Space Force and the nation,” said Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David Thompson. “To continue to provide opportunities for nations and their citizens to grow and develop in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

The partnership will also create training and leadership development programs for current Space Force employees.

General Thompson said there were several reasons they chose Clemson.

“He has specialties in specific areas of space technologies that interest us. In photonics, artificial light, energy systems, space weather, optics. These kinds of technologies that are important to us,” Thompson explained. “The second is that he has such a great reputation for developing space leaders, he has a powerful Air Force ROTC program and we use that to put it to use.”

Thompson said they plan to expand the program to other universities in the future.

Clemson is the thirteenth university in the nation to join the program.

Others include Georgia Tech, North Carolina A&T and Purdue University.