Aerospace giants reveal industry value of working with research students

Industry leaders from Rolls Royce, Airbus and Safran Landing Systems spoke of the tangible benefits of working with research students at the Institute of Aerospace Technology (IAT) Showcase 2016 at The University of Nottingham on 25 November.

Dr Michael Klingsporn of Rolls Royce Deutschland; Dr Alexander Peiffer of Airbus Innovations Group and Sylvain Jaber of Safran Landing Systems highlighted key projects that have been adopted by their companies on the back of aerospace research collaborations with the University.

Following these insightful presentations, IAT Showcase attendees were able to tour the cutting-edge facilities at the Aerospace Technology Centre and the recently commissioned £5.6m Gas Turbine and Transmissions Centre.

Seven early stage researchers from the Marie-Sklodowska Curie PhD programme INNOVATE were on hand to demonstrate their current research projects.

Professor Hervé Morvan Director of the IAT; “Our IAT Annual Showcase event was our best event yet with 120 guests enjoying keynote presentations by Rolls-Royce Deutschland (RRD) and Airbus Innovation Group (AIG).   Our event had a strong focus on innovation and delivery with a spotlight on the, ‘INNOVATE’ Innovative Training Network (ITN).  Some of our early stage researchers in this programme had undertaken activities with Rolls-Royce Deutschland (RRD) and Airbus Innovation Group and they had the opportunity of presenting seven demonstrators on a tour of our facilities.  The demonstrators included an impressive electromagnetic catapult, plasma-actuated airfoils and a novel green electric taxiing wheel.”

The University of Nottingham Institute for Aerospace Technology plays a key role in major government-funded aerospace programmes, supported by European investment and working with global aerospace leaders, conducting technology and knowledge transfer activities to help secure the UK’s position as a global leader in the aerospace sector.

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