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HUGHES RESEARCH LABORATORIES JOINS OHIO AEROSPACE INSTITUTE

 CLEVELAND, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Research Laboratories, a unit of GM Hughes Electronics and one of the nation's leading industrial research organizations, has become a sponsor of the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) -- a university-industry-government consortium committed to enhancing Ohio and U.S. advanced-technology industries.
 Hughes joins a growing list of companies, which together invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into the research efforts of the institute. Other industry sponsors include BFGoodrich Aerospace; GE Aircraft Engines; Parker Hannifin Corporation; Pratt & Whitney, Division of United Technologies Corporation, Government Engines & Space Propulsion; Rockwell International, Rocketdyne Division; and TRW Inc., Space & Technology Group.
 OAI sponsors pay a fee that funds collaborative research projects through the institute's Collaborative Core Research Program (CCRP). This May, CCRP awarded $175,000 to six university-industry-government teams for research that addresses specific industry-defined needs. All of the research is pre-competitive, meaning that new technology developed will have a wide base of commercial applications.
 "It was the Collaborative Core Research Program that convinced us to join OAI," said Bill Stanchina, department manager at Hughes Research Laboratories. "The opportunity to work side-by-side with universities that are conducting leading-edge research and with our customers -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and NASA Lewis -- was one we couldn't pass up. We realized that such an alliance and the resulting synergism would enhance our research and development efforts and, in turn, our company's success."
 Technological advancements resulting from OAI's research projects are shared among sponsors, all of whom have access to intellectual property on a royalty-free basis.
 By participating in OAI, industry sponsors are able to leverage their research and development dollars. In addition, OAI provides private industry with access to the reservoir of knowledge and preeminent facilities at Ohio's federal laboratories.
 "Such collaborative research is key to growing our nation's technological leadership in the global marketplace," said Dr. Donald Bailey, director for industrial programs at OAI. "The demands on companies to establish a leadership position in their markets and a competitive edge have never been greater. By pooling the best available resources -- industry, government and academia -- we can jointly solve common problems and move ahead faster than by independent research," he added.
 Hughes Research Laboratories is a part of the Hughes Aircraft Company, which engages in the design, production and support of high- technology electronic systems for military, commercial and scientific use. The world leader in satellite communications, Los Angeles-based Hughes Aircraft Company is part of GM Hughes Electronics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors (NYSE: GM).
 OAI is a consortium of NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Wright Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, nine Ohio universities, and industry. In addition to collaborative research, the institute helps to promote graduate and continuing education in science and engineering.
 OAI's futuristic, glass and steel building is adjacent to NASA Lewis and the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
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