The College of Engineering 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 was held on June 6 at The Ohio State University Airport. Highlighting the event was a short speech by aviator, astronaut, and national hero, Senator John Glenn. The event also included 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, Seth Young, director of the Center for Aviation Studies, and aviation student Carlos Ruiz-Coll.
“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.
“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.”
“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, 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.