The Robins Air Force Base and Mercer University have partnered to build a software development center that will develop applications for the U.S. Air Force.
Mercer said Monday the facility is slated to inaugurate in 2020 and is designed after the service branch's Kessel Run experimentation laboratory at Hanscom Air Force Base.
The center will also serve as a collaborative space between Mercer's computer science and engineering departments and the 402nd Software Maintenance Group from Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex.
“I think it’s going to be a great recruitment tool for Robins, and I think it’s going to be great for our students to see the opportunities available through the Air Force,” said William Underwood, president at Mercer.
The Kessen Run laboratory is established in 2018 to support the Air Force's maintenance schedules, F-35 flights, battle management efforts and air refueling logistics.