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Eighty Years of Excellence Recognized: UC Aerospace Named Ohio Center of Excellence


Due to its real-world research and economic impact, including the formation of start-up companies, UC's aerospace engineering program was named an Ohio Center of Excellence. Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut made the announcement in ceremonies on UC's campus.

Date: 7/6/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Lisa Ventre

UC ingot   Eighty years of excellence by the University of Cincinnati's aerospace engineering program is today being recognized in special ceremonies led by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut.
Effie Gutmark and Chris Harris
Ohio Eminent Scholar Ephraim Gutmark and a graduate student at work in a UC aerospace lab.



In a morning ceremony on UC's Herman Schneider Quad, Chancellor Fingerhut, leaders from four other Ohio universities, UC President Gregory H. Williams, College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Carlo Montemagno, and Awatef Hamed, aerospace engineering department chair, as well as students, staff and faculty, gathered to recognize UC as an Ohio Center of Excellence in Intelligent Air & Space Vehicle Energy Systems.

Throughout its 80-year history, UC's aerospace program has been nationally recognized for its applied research excellence.

For instance, since 2004, the UC aerospace program has helped create jobs and strengthened Ohio's ability to bring innovative technologies to commercialization by

  • Overseeing the start-up of seven companies.
  •  Generating more than $600,000 in license income for itself and industry research partners.
  • Achieving research support in excess of $100,000,000 to advance technologies that affect every aspect of air and space travel, including aircraft power and propulsion systems, advanced composite materials and coatings and more.
Ohio is establishing select Centers of Excellence in applied fields to foster economic development, create jobs and strengthen the state's ability to move technology innovations into commercialization.

Go to the College of Engineering and Applied Science Website for more information.

Visit the Ohio Centers of Excellence home page.