“UBx and UC are both at the forefront of education and research, making our strategic partnership a natural fit. Our universities wanted to provide this aeronautics opportunity to engineering students around the world and both institutions have worked diligently to make it a reality. Seeing AESOP come to fruition only further affirms that, together, we will stimulate ongoing innovation,” said UC Interim President Beverly Davenport.
The global launch ceremony for the new collaborative degree program will be held at the Farnborough International Airshow in England on July 12, 2016. Sponsored by Makino and JobsOhio, the ceremony will feature presentations by: UC CEAS Dean Lim, UBx Deputy Vice-President for International Relations Laurent Servant, Makino President Don Lane, ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile) Project Coordinator Giovanni Simonetti, Head of UC CEAS Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (AEEM) Paul Orkwis, and UC CEAS AEEM Professor Kelly Cohen.
Farnborough is a biennial event combining a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defense industries with a public airshow. In 2014, it welcomed over 100,000 visitors (representing 53 countries) and exhibitors from 39 countries. In 2016, a 71% international participation is expected.
UC CEAS Dean Lim said “The collaborative degree program shows a level of commitment to the development of technical and professional skills that would impress any aerospace engineering employer. Students – and potential employers –benefit from the knowledge gained from faculties at two top institutions. With the increasing globalization of the technical workforce, degrees that span institutions and provide an international perspective are particularly valuable.”
Olivier Puissant, UBx Aeronautic Program Manager, added “Our commitment is to provide training which suits the needs and expectations of stakeholders in the aeronautics industry. This is why our industrial partners are involved in every step of the design and creation of our courses. To remain at the forefront of technological developments, AESOP is strongly involved in joint research projects regarding topics related to Aircraft Lifecycle Management.”