Boeing-Cranfield University agreement opens up education opportunities
LONDON, United Kingdom, 13 April 2015 -
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Cranfield University have signed a collaboration agreement that expands further the relationship between both organisations, allowing more Boeing employees to benefit from Cranfield’s resources.
Boeing has partnered with Cranfield – an education partner focusing on aerospace and business – for over 10 years, working on a variety of research and development projects that capitalise on the University’s expertise in the areas of aviation, aeronautics and aircraft development.
Cranfield University was a critical partner for Boeing on the X-48 programme, where it built the scale-model of the X-48B and X-48C Blended Wing Body aircraft. The aircraft, which was designed by Boeing Research & Technology and flown in partnership with NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, is a scale-model of a heavy-lift, subsonic vehicle that forgoes the conventional tube-and-wing aeroplane design in favour of a triangular tailless aircraft that effectively merges the vehicle’s wing and body.
“Cranfield University is a tremendously innovative research partner and we are pleased to grow our partnership into one that offers world class training for both aerospace engineering students and Boeing employees here in the UK” said Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing UK and Ireland. “Safeguarding the UK’s future as an engineering powerhouse is high on our agenda and investing in local talent is part of that.”
The agreement was signed recently at Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ facility when Sir Peter Gregson, chief executive and vice-chancellor of Cranfield University attended a tour of the Everett and Renton plants, located outside Seattle, Wash.
“We are delighted to have signed this collaboration agreement with Boeing,” said Gregson. “We have been working closely together for more than a decade and this new agreement means that we will continue to develop our long-term and mutually-beneficial relationship. Through this collaboration, Cranfield and Boeing will address some of the greatest challenges facing the aerospace sector worldwide, delivering additional benefits to us both.”