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Ohio State Announces Partnership with NetJets Inc. to Establish Center for Aviation Studies

Posted: May 31, 2011

The College of Engineering today announced a new partnership with NetJets® Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company and the worldwide leader in private aviation, establishing the Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies, designed to enhance aviation-related research, education and scholarship, as well as create opportunities for aviation students, the aviation industry and the general public.

With the NetJets funding commitment of $500,000 annually over the next four years, the Center for Aviation Studies will enhance Ohio State’s undergraduate aviation programs, currently offered through the Colleges of Engineering, Business, and Arts and Sciences, by providing seed funding for research projects, student scholarships and fellowships; conducting economic and public policy studies and technical projects; supporting business operations for the center; and improving educational resources for students, faculty and staff.

An event celebrating the Center for Aviation Studies and the generous gift provided from NetJets is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 6, at The Ohio State University Airport, Hangar 1, 2160 West Case Road, Columbus, Ohio. The event will include a number of guest speakers, including Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, NetJets Chairman and CEO Jordan Hansell, Ohio State College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams, and Seth Young, director of the Center for Aviation Studies. Highlighting the event will be a short speech by aviator, astronaut, and national hero, Senator John Glenn. There will also be a static display of aircraft and guided tours of the Ohio State University Airport after the formal program. Attendees are requested to RSVP to Cecilia Lammers at clammers@osuairport.org or (614) 292-8978.

“We are grateful for NetJets’ strategic vision and generosity in supporting this center at Ohio State,” said University President E. Gordon Gee. “By creating this new partnership among aviation colleagues and our faculty and students, NetJets is helping to improve aviation scholarship and the aviation industry to benefit all of us. It is a fitting way to build on Ohio’s historic leadership in the development of flight and the many aviation-related industries throughout the state.”

The center will incorporate engineering, business and behavioral philosophies into a multi-disciplinary approach to the many components of the aviation industry, supporting world class flight education programs, academic degree programs, research initiatives and outreach activities on local, regional, national and international levels.

“We are pleased to make this contribution to The Ohio State University and to support the Center for Aviation Studies. This initiative will advance aviation educational programs and strengthen the aviation community in Ohio,” said Jordan Hansell, NetJets chairman and CEO. “Through this partnership, NetJets will leverage the talent at The Ohio State University through industry research projects performed by the Center for Aviation Studies and access to the center’s resources. This collaboration marks an important relationship between academic and business leaders in the community and will provide students with valuable, hands-on industry experience, preparing them for future career opportunities.”

According to Seth Young, associate professor of aviation and director of the Center for Aviation Studies, the center will initially focus on broadening the university’s aviation related research agenda in aviation safety and operational efficiency, as well as enhancing the university’s flight education programs.

“The Center for Aviation Studies brings together an interdisciplinary group of students, researchers and industry partners to advance the field of aviation,” said David B. Williams, dean of the College of Engineering. “NetJets’ support will lead to remarkable advances in the way goods, services and people are transported from one point to another, and will enhance aviation scholarships.”

The center will provide students with greater opportunities to broaden their aviation education by expanding the curriculum and creating research opportunities to work with the industry through course projects, internships and future career positions. The local community will benefit through more opportunities for flight training courses and facilities and outreach at the Ohio State University Airport, which attracts thousands of visitors each year to learn more about aviation. Aviation industry companies will benefit by gaining access to Ohio State, one of the largest educational resources in the world, to help improve their businesses through research and hiring opportunities.

Ohio State’s Center for Aviation Studies advisory committees will include representatives from NetJets, the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Fisher College of Business, as well as others with pertinent expertise within and outside the university.

Editors:For information about the Center for Aviation Studies or to arrange interviews with Seth Young, contact Joan Wall, Ohio State College of Engineering communications, at wall.107@osu.edu or (614) 292-4064.
For information about NetJets® Inc. or to arrange interviews with company representatives, contact Elizabeth Wise, manager, media relations, NetJets, at ewise@netjets.com or (614) 849-7757.