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Army ROTC cadets win scholarships as future pilots

By Chris Heatherly, Army ROTC

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Army ROTC cadets Shane Hopkins and Samantha McNicholas were the only two regional winners selected recently for scholarship awards from the Order of Daedalians Cascade Flight #22 at Joint Base Lewis McChord in western Washington. » More …

Grant funds test of market potential for jet fuel research

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Bin-YangRICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. » More …

Understanding, and weathering, those bumpy flights

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – It was a blustery March in our region, with gusts reaching 31 mph on four days and mean daily wind speeds exceeding 10 mph on 13 days. » More …

WSU researchers find new uses for old wind turbine blades

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – How many giant wind turbine blades can your local landfill accommodate? To help avert such a problem, Washington State University is working with Seattle-based Global Fiberglass Solutions Inc. (GFS) to recycle and manufacture composite fiberglass material from the decommissioned blades. » More …

National partnerships will make jet fuels center a success

PULLMAN, Wash. – Synergy, collaboration and partnership made a Washington State University-led proposal for a new jet fuels center unique and competitive, says President Elson S. Floyd in his newest Perspectives column.


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Research center promotes state aerospace innovation

SEATTLE – Washington State University had seven industry-collaboration projects selected recently for funding by the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation.

JCATI awarded $1.27 million in its second round of grant awards in 2013 to16 research projects with the goal to solve technological questions relevant to the Washington aerospace industry. Research funded includes investigations into the performance of composite materials for use in commercial aircraft manufacturing, the performance of aviation biofuels and the collaboration and control of multiple unmanned aerial systems.

The $1.27 million will leverage more than $3 million in additional matching funds and in-kind support.

A full list of funded awards can … » More …

Researcher addresses air traffic control sleep topic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gregory Belenky, a physican and director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University, testified before Congress Tuesday, June 24, about how naps may be the best tool air traffic controllers can use to battle fatigue.


Belenky was one of four experts called to testify before the U.S. Senate Aviation, Operations, Safety and Security subcommittee of the Commerce, Science and Transportation committee. Recent reports of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job further highlight a potential problem with air traffic controller fatigue.


On-shift napping

“Air traffic controllers falling asleep inadvertently, or deliberately napping on-shift, points to … » More …