NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE

2013-30: Bristol and National Institute of Aerospace to Collaborate on Advanced Composite Research and Education

2013-30: Bristol and National Institute of Aerospace to Collaborate on Advanced Composite Research and Education

News release

 

National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)

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October 29, 2013

 

Harla Sherwood

National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

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sherwood@nianet.org

 

Joanne Fryer

University of Bristol, UK

(0117) 331-7276

 

NIA RELEASE: 2013-30

 

Bristol and National Institution of Aerospace to Collaborate on Advanced Composite
Research and Education

 

The University of Bristol and the National Institution of Aerospace (NIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in areas of advanced composite research and education.

 

The agreement, with the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science Doctoral Training Centre (ACCIS DTC), builds on an existing relationship, developed through the ACCIS DTC’s well-established Researcher Exchange Programme, which by inviting worldwide experts to give seminars increases the students’ awareness of multidisciplinary research in the composites field.

 

The program also gives students the chance to undertake international placements at leading research organizations to support the development of, and add value to, their PhD projects.  ACCIS DTC student, Francesca Pernice, carried out a three-month placement at NASA’s Langley Research Center, a strategic partner of the NIA, earlier this year.

 

The new agreement will pave the way for further seminars and short courses at both institutions, exchanges of personnel, collaborative research and the sharing of information and knowledge.

 

“I am absolutely delighted at the prospect of strengthening our continuing relationship with the NIA,” said Professor Paul Weaver, Director of the ACCIS DTC. “This agreement will provide our students with a unique opportunity to undertake collaborative research at a world-leading facility, like NASA Langley, and offer our students the chance to learn from, and be inspired by, cutting edge composites research carried out by an unrivaled research organization.”

 

“We are looking forward to this collaborative relationship expanding into the next decade with student and researcher exchanges between the University of Bristol, NASA and NIA member universities,” said Dr Sivaram Arepalli, Vice President of Education and Outreach at the NIA. “It is anticipated that students will benefit from the world-class graduate education via courses and research in advanced composites.”

 

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