By Mark Tullis | Posted - Apr 23rd, 2024





Draper Opens New Engineering and Operations Campus in Clearfield, Utah

April 23, 2024, Clearfield, Utah

Today Cambridge, MA-based non-profit engineering laboratory, Draper, announced the opening of its new engineering and operations campus in Utah. Located in Clearfield, UT, the new campus will serve Draper's aerospace and defense customers and enhance its support of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill Air Force Base and other Department of Defense customers in the surrounding area. The campus will support Draper's missions and business in the U.S. aerospace, defense and national security sectors. 

Draper has been a pioneer in space exploration since securing the first contract on the Apollo program and has been a teammate since the 1950s on the Minuteman, Peacekeeper and Sentinel missile programs at Hill Air Force Base.

“We are proud of our continued growth across the nation and establishing campuses in proximity to customers, centers of innovation and tomorrow’s workforce,” said Draper CEO and President Dr. Jerry M. Wohletz. “Our new campus in Utah is intentional as it provides a critical location for the defense, technology and innovation community. With our new campus, we are even better positioned to serve our nation’s strategic nuclear deterrence programs.”

The Utah campus marks an important milestone as the company builds on its ongoing expansion of customer capabilities and partnerships in the region. Draper has provided engineering services and technology development to the U.S. Air Force since 1957. Frank Serna, Draper’s Vice President and General Manager of Air Force and Missile Defense Strategic Systems, said, “The opening of our new campus in Utah brings proven performance, a highly skilled team of experts and a continued commitment to ensuring weapon system operational readiness for the U.S. Air Force. Utah’s talented and diverse workforce will be a valuable contributor as Draper grows in Utah.”

Draper selected Clearfield, Utah, for the location of its twelfth campus. The Massachusetts company has provided engineering services and technology development to the U.S. Air Force since 1957. 

The campus is located at 1366 South Legend Hills Drive, Suite 180, Clearfield, Utah 84015. The company has appointed Paul Hendrickson, Associate Director for Air Force Strategic Systems, to lead the Utah campus. Hendrickson is based in Utah and will report to Serna.

A Utah native, Hendrickson was raised near Hill AFB and later stationed at the base while on active duty in the Air Force. He said, “Draper’s new campus enhances our support of the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and Hill AFB, as well as our partnerships across Utah’s innovation ecosystem of universities, state and local governments, and among our Deep Tech Frontier industry partners."

Pictured below are Clearfield City Mayor Mark Shepherd and Amy Hart, vice president of Contracts at the grand opening of Draper's new Clearfield campus, marking it the the company's twelfth campus.

Draper's twelve campuses include:

  • Cambridge, MA
  • Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Lowell, MA
  • Odon, IN
  • Pittsfield, MA
  • Reston, VA
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Titusville, FL
  • Washington, D.C., and now
  • Clearfield, Utah

As a nonprofit engineering innovation company, Draper advances technologies at the intersection of government, academia and industry. The company has a deep talent pool of 1,300 engineers and scientists that collaborate to develop first-of-a-kind solutions. For more information, visit


Pictured in header: (L-R) Paul Hendrickson, associate director for Air Force Strategic Systems and lead executive for the new campus; Marjorie Quant, chief operating officer; and Frank Serna, vice president and general manager of Air Force and Missile Defense Strategic Systems, all at Draper's new engineering and operations campus in Clearfield, Utah.

Mark Tullis
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Mark Tullis - Mark is Co-founder and Editor of TechBuzz News. Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, Mark attended Weber State, Brigham Young, and Tufts Universities. He has been involved in tech, media, publishing and education since the 1980s. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and playing the saxophone.



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