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Spirit AeroSystems Visits Campus

On February 7th and February 8th representatives  from Spirit AeroSystems visited the PSU campus to discuss future research collaboration between PSU and Spirit.

Spirit AeroSystems was established in 2005 when Onex Corporation acquired what is now Spirit AeroSystems from Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The company's headquarters are in Wichita, Kansas, the Air Capital of the World. Additional operations are in Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma.; Prestwick, Scotland, and Samlesbury, England; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Spirit is the world's largest supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components. Spirit offers a diverse line of products and services for aerospace design, build, support and spares/repair needs.

Peter Wu, Ph.D., Vice President / Chief Scientist at Spirit stated, "Spirit's interest in Pittsburg State University started because of the quality PSU graduates who work for Spirit. Because of this relationship it is in the best interest of Spirit and PSU to collaborate to conduct research which benefits both organizations. "

PSU Spirit representatives toured the Kansas Technology Center and Kansas Polymer Research Center. Spirit representatives attended a presentation from Dr. Chris Ibeh, Plastics Engineering Technology Professor, about Nanotechnology Capability and Accomplishments  at PSU. Dr. Wen-Fang Hwang from Spirit also gave a presentation, Potential Collaboration on Functionalized Nanomaterials to PSU leadership, faculty and students.

Spirit representatives were impressed with PSU's facilities and research capabilities. Spirit looks forward to future research collaboration with PSU.

Picture: Dr. Peter Wu, Chief Scientist at Spirit listens to Dr. Zoran Petrovic, Research Director at the  Kansas Polymer Research Center as they tour the KPRC. Also pictured on left: Xian Mei Wan, researcher.