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Airbus inks partnerships with U Michigan, Georgia Tech


By David Schwartz
Published: June 27th, 2017

Aviation giant Airbus has signed two five-year partnership agreements with – with the University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Airbus will gain access to the universities’ world class research to support the acceleration of the company’s product development cycles. The two partner universities get the chance to focus their research activities on complex industrial problem statements and to engage their engineering students in the endeavor. 

“We’ve designed our innovation organization to motivate our people and ensure we’re open to new ideas and capabilities that exist outside our current team. That openness is a key principle behind everything we do,” said Airbus CTO Paul Eremenko. “University partnerships like [these] help us preserve our tradition of innovation and disruption at Airbus, and serve as examples of our eagerness to work together as we build the future of flight.”

“This partnership represents the best of what Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Engineering School has historically brought to the world: a rigorous, research-rich educational program combined with an aggressive pursuit of industry-relevant concepts, technologies, and challenges,” said Dr. Vigor Yang, the school’s chair of aerospace engineering. “Airbus’s strong commitment to doctoral level research further reinforces our school’s longstanding focus on developing visionary thinkers to guide the field forward.”

U Michigan echoed that excitement around the deal. “Through our partnership with Airbus, students and faculty members from one of the world’s leading aerospace engineering departments will trade expertise with their counterparts on the cutting edge of the aerospace industry,” said Alec Gallimore, U Michigan’s dean of engineering. “Together, we can tackle some of the most challenging and complex problems facing advanced aircraft modelling, analysis and design.”

Source: Airbus

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