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Events and Calendar

A healthy community is an engaged community. JCATI will support town hall events, lectures, and an annual research symposium with the goal of keeping an active dialogue regarding the challenges facing the aerospace industry in Washington State. These events, and those hosted by other related organizations, will provide an opportunity to expand one’s understanding of the field and to develop a broader aerospace community.

Upcoming Events

2015 JCATI Research Symposium 

The annual JCATI Research Symposium will be held on April 20, 2015 at the University of Washington Husky Union Building.  The program will include speakers, panel discussions and a poster session for JCATI funded researchers to present their work. Please check back for updated information. 

Competitions & Calls for Papers

Oct 8-23 2014      AUVSI Call for Papers               

Nov 1 2014          AIAA 2014-2015 Undergraduate Team Engine Competition

Nov 8 2014          Space Foundation Symposium Call for Papers

Major International Aeronautics and Space Conferences

Oct 21-24 2014    National Buisiness Avaiation Association 2014

Nov 3-6 2014       Additive Aerospace

Apr 13-16 2015    Space Foundation 31st Space Symposium

May 4-7 2015       AUVSI

Jun 15-21 2015    Paris Air Show

Jul 23-25 2015     NewSpace Conference


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

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

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

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

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  (click on the "Register to Attend" button).

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

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