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MAJOR CORPORATIONS JOIN COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS AT OHIO AEROSPACE INSTITUTE

 MAJOR CORPORATIONS JOIN COLLABORATIVE
 EFFORTS AT OHIO AEROSPACE INSTITUTE
 CLEVELAND, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Cincinnati-based GE Aircraft Engines and the Parker Hannifin Corporation, headquartered in Cleveland, have joined other major corporations as private-sector sponsors of the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), a university-industry-government consortium established to promote industrial growth.
 The Institute offers private industry an opportunity to participate in 13 multidisciplinary networks, called Focus Groups, which identify key technology issues, conduct joint research projects, and develop continuing education programs in their defined area of technology.
 OAI also conducts collaborative research to adapt advanced technology for commercial use by its members. Only companies that pay an annual sponsorship fee ranging from $5,000-$50,000 are entitled to share in the results of this research.
 Other industrial sponsors include some of the world's largest advanced technology companies: BFGoodrich Aerospace; Rockwell International, Rocketdyne Division; Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, Government Engines and Propulsion; and Cleveland-based TRW Inc.'s Space & Technology Group.
 "Companies such as GE and Parker Hannifin see the opportunity to form strategic partnerships through OAI," explains Donald J. Bailey, OAI's director for industrial programs.
 "OAI is a unique opportunity to join with industry, the federal labs, and the university complex in basic and applied research," adds Patrick S. Parker, chairman of Parker Hannifin. "We feel a strong research effort in the United States is imperative for our global competitiveness. We want to support OAI as part of that commitment."
 Parker Hannifin is a $2.3 billion worldwide producer of motion- control components and systems for a wide range of industrial and aerospace markets. GE Aircraft Engines is a foremost supplier of gas turbine engines for military, commercial and general aviation and for marine and industrial applications.
 "This sponsorship formalizes a relationship that has existed since the formation of OAI," says Thomas F. Donohue, general manager of GE's Advanced Technology Operation in Cincinnati. Adds Joseph Osani, GE's Cleveland office manager, "We are optimistic that these collaborative efforts will result in beneficial research for our industry."
 The Institute last month funded its first research projects by awarding a total of $205,000 to seven research teams. OAI in October will open a new facility next to NASA Lewis and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
 OAI includes Ohio's federal laboratories at NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, nine Ohio universities, and industry. In addition to providing collaborative research and continuing education opportunities, the institute is helping to generate more scientists and engineers with advanced college degrees.
 For more information on the Ohio Aerospace Institute, call 216-891-2100.
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