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Joint Center For Aerospace Technology Innovation

News and Announcements

Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research and Mission Directorate, NASA

The impact of aviation technology can be seen in almost every material product produced and purchased today. Aeronautics research plays a vital role in enabling technology innovation and development. NASA has a compelling new strategic vision for its aeronautics research programs that will strengthen and grow the U.S. aviation industry. In his talk, Dr. Shin will discuss NASA’s restructured research programs focused on three specific goals: pursuing innovative solutions, promoting interdisciplinary research, and enabling greater agility in institutions and the workforce.

RSVP by April 18 at www.engr.uw.edu/uw-arc  (click on the "Register to Attend" button).

A reception (5:00-6:00) will immediately follow the lecture.

Directions at www.depts.washington.edu/thehub/home/directions/

Presented jointly by JCATI and the University of Washington's College of Engineering

Location: University of Washington, Husky Union Building, Room 334
Date: Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:00pm

The Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) will hold it's second annual research symposium on Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Compton Union Building on the Washington State University's Pullman campus. The theme of the event will be "Advancing Public-Private Partnerships in Aerospace." 

Presentations include: 

  • "Functional Considerations & Opportunities for Nanocomposites & Nanotechnology in Commercial Aerospace" by Russell Maguire, President of Global Nanocomposites and former Technical Fellow at The Boeing Corporation.
  • "New Paths Towards Building Our Future In Space" by Robert P. Hoyt, Ph.D., CEO & Chief Scientist, Tethers Unlimited.
  • "ASCENT of Biofuels - FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and the Environment" by Ralph Cavalieri, WSU Associate Vice President for Alternative Energy and Director of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance

Research from the 16 currently supported JCATI awards, representing the areas of additive manufacturing, aerospace structures, biofuels, commercial flight, composites, controls, and space propulsion, will be presented in both oral and poster presentations.  

Panels, including members of leading aerospace companies and university representatives, will provide perspectives on the challenges of commercializing academic research and the benefits of including student researchers in university-industry collaborations. 

For a list of currently supported researchers and their industry partners, please visit http://jcati.org/content/jcati-funded-research

With 3,000 students enrolled in the College of Engineering and Architecture at WSU-Pullman and another 1,500 engineering students located 10 miles away at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, Pullman, WA represents the Northwest's largest concentration of engineering students outside of Seattle.

JCATI's 2013 research symposium drew 200 members from Washington state's aerospace community to Seattle and the campus of the University of Washington to hear presentations by NASA/JPL Flight Engineer Bobak Ferdowsi and Parker Aerospace's David Daggett.  Panelists included Dean Candis Claiborn of WSU, Dean Michael Bragg of UW, MIT Emeritus Professor Earll Murman, Roger Myers of Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Kourosh Hadi of The Boeing Company, Tad McGeer of Aerovel, and Bill Van Valkenberg of NextGen.  

Registration Fees: 

  • General Admission, $50
  • Student Admission, Free

Location: Compton Union Building, Washington State University - Pullman Campus
Date: Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am

Tom McCarty, a member of the JCATI Board of Directors, wrote an editorial for the Seattle Times on Thursday, December 26, 2013 entitled "Boeing is overthinking where to build the 777X."  Mr. McCarty, President of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) IFPTE Local 2001, clearly articulates the case for the manufacture of the 777X wing and its assembly in Washington citing both the unrivaled experience of the Washington workforce and the challenges resulting from the outsourcing of the 787 components manufacturing.

Date: Thu, 12/26/2013 - 10:15am

JCATI has issued a request for proposals for its Washington Aerospace Research Program (WARP). WARP (previously the Joint Industry-University Research Program) awards must be related to aerospace innovation, and may include, but are not limited to: computing, composite materials for aerospace, aviation biofuels, manufacturing efficiencies, aerospace propulsion and power systems, automatic control, and innovative aerospace manufacturing technologies. An estimated $1.2 million in award money will be distributed with individual award amounts averaging $100,000.

Eligible applicant organizations are the University of Washington, Washington State University and other public four‐year institutions of higher education as defined in RCW 28B.10.016. Principal investigators and co-investigators must be employed by the applicant organization. Principal investigators must meet their employer’s requirements for such status.

Preference will be given to projects leveraged by funding or in-kind support from outside of JCATI and which have a high probability of transitioning new technologies to industry in Washington State. Leverage could be provided through co-investment by other parties, especially those representing the Washington State aerospace industry, but also government agencies, foundations, investors, corporations, or the applicant organization itself. JCATI funding could augment the principal investigator’s current industrially-sponsored research.

Industry partners who are interested in collaborating in JCATI supported research projects should contact university staff directly or JCATI to find possible research partners.

WARP proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: technical merit; relevance to the aerospace industry in Washington State; matching funds, including in‐kind support, from industry; and feasibility of work being completed by June 30, 2015. To be considered for review for WARP funding, applicants must first send a letter of intent to JCATI no later than January 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PST). WARP proposals are due no later than March 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PDT). An announcement of funded research is anticipated to be made in April 2014. Successful proposals will commence in July 2014. For additional information please see http://www.jcati.org/funding/jcati

Location: Seattle, WA
Date: Thu, 12/05/2013 - 12:45pm

The Washington State University College of Engineering and Architecture has dedicated the 2013 edition of their newsletter Innovation to the subject of aerospace.  Featured within the newsletter are a number of JCATI supported research projects.  Among the JCATI supported PIs are Amit Bandyopadhyay, Jake Leachman, Chen-Ching Liu, Kelvin Lynn, and Katie Zhong.

Location: Pullman, WA
Date: Wed, 11/27/2013 - 3:15pm

JCATI is on Facebook.  If you would like to follow us on Facebook and keep up to date on the latest JCATI announcements and the progress of our supported researchers, you can “Like” us our newly created Facebook page at facebook.com/launchjcati.

Date: Fri, 08/23/2013 - 3:45pm

JCATI is on Twitter.  Follow us at https://twitter.com/JCAeroTI.

Date: Fri, 08/23/2013 - 3:45pm

Roger Myers and Earll Murman have written an article as guest columnists for the Puget Sound Business Journal.  Their article, "Viewpoint: Want innovation? We’ve found a sweet spot," discusses JCATI's role in promoting academic and industry partnerships and the importance of these partnerships in maintaining Washington state's leadership in the field of aerospace.  

Dr. Myers is a member of JCATI's Board of Directors and Executive Director of Aerojet Rocketdyne.  Dr. Murman is the Emeritus MIT Ford Professor of Engineering and was a panelist at JCATI's 2013 research symposium, "The Future of Aerospace Innovation in Washington State."

Date: Fri, 08/23/2013 - 2:45pm

In July 2013, JCATI issued 16 awards to faculty representing 3 universities across Washington State.  A total of $1.27 million was awarded in JCATI’s second round of grant awards in 2013 to 16 research projects with the goal to solve technological questions relevant to the Washington aerospace industry. In this round of applications, the JCATI Board of Directors chose projects from a variety of aerospace-related challenges. Research funded includes investigations into the performance of composite materials for use in commercial aircraft manufacturing, the performance of aviation biofuels, and the collaboration and control of multiple unmanned aerial systems.

Date: Mon, 07/01/2013 - 8:30am

JCATI hosted its inaugural research symposium on June 24, 2012.  The theme of the symposium was “The Future of Aerospace Innovation in Washington State.”  Over 200 individuals attended the event which featured keynote addresses from David Daggett of Parker Aerospace who spoke about the future use of aviation biofuels and UW graduate and current NASA flight engineer Bobak Ferdowsi who presented an update on the progress of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover.  The symposium also included a university panel discussion, “The Academy’s Role in Innovation,” and an industry panel discussion titled, “Grand Challenges in Aerospace.”  In addition, faculty and students presented 19 posters showcasing JCATI supported research.

This event was covered by a number of news organizations.  You can see their reports by clicking the links below:

Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Date: Mon, 06/24/2013 - 8:45am