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Ohio State Announces Partnership with NetJets Inc. to Establish Center for Aviation Studies
Posted Fri Jun 3, 2011 10:03 pm EDT

Ohio State Announces Partnership with NetJets Inc. to Establish Center for Aviation Studies

May 31st, 2011

The College of Engineering today announced a new partnership with NetJets® Inc., a Berkshire
Hathaway company and the worldwide leader in private aviation, establishing the Ohio State
University Center for Aviation Studies, designed to enhance aviation-related research, education and
scholarship, as well as create opportunities for aviation students, the aviation industry and the
general public.

With the NetJets funding commitment of $500,000 annually over the next four years, the Center for
Aviation Studies will enhance Ohio State’s undergraduate aviation programs, currently offered
through the Colleges of Engineering, Business, and Arts and Sciences, by providing seed funding for
research projects, student scholarships and fellowships; conducting economic and public policy
studies and technical projects; supporting business operations for the center; and improving
educational resources for students, faculty and staff.

An event celebrating the Center for Aviation Studies and the generous gift provided from NetJets is
scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 6, at The Ohio State University Airport, Hangar 1, 2160 West
Case Road, Columbus, Ohio. The event will include a number of guest speakers, including Ohio State
President E. Gordon Gee, NetJets Chairman and CEO Jordan Hansell, Ohio State College of Engineering
Dean David B. Williams, and Seth Young, director of the Center for Aviation Studies. Highlighting
the event will be a short speech by aviator, astronaut, and national hero, Senator John Glenn. There
will also be a static display of aircraft and guided tours of the Ohio State University Airport
after the formal program. Attendees are requested to RSVP to Cecilia Lammers at
clammers@osuairport.org or (614) 292-8978.

“We are grateful for NetJets’ strategic vision and generosity in supporting this center at Ohio
State,” said University President E. Gordon Gee. “By creating this new partnership among aviation
colleagues and our faculty and students, NetJets is helping to improve aviation scholarship and the
aviation industry to benefit all of us. It is a fitting way to build on Ohio’s historic leadership
in the development of flight and the many aviation-related industries throughout the state.”

The center will incorporate engineering, business and behavioral philosophies into a
multi-disciplinary approach to the many components of the aviation industry, supporting world class
flight education programs, academic degree programs, research initiatives and outreach activities on
local, regional, national and international levels.

“We are pleased to make this contribution to The Ohio State University and to support the Center for
Aviation Studies. This initiative will advance aviation educational programs and strengthen the
aviation community in Ohio,” said Jordan Hansell, NetJets chairman and CEO. “Through this
partnership, NetJets will leverage the talent at The Ohio State University through industry research
projects performed by the Center for Aviation Studies and access to the center’s resources. This
collaboration marks an important relationship between academic and business leaders in the community
and will provide students with valuable, hands-on industry experience, preparing them for future
career opportunities.”

According to Seth Young, associate professor of aviation and director of the Center for Aviation
Studies, the center will initially focus on broadening the university’s aviation related research
agenda in aviation safety and operational efficiency, as well as enhancing the university’s flight
education programs.

“The Center for Aviation Studies brings together an interdisciplinary group of students, researchers
and industry partners to advance the field of aviation,” said David B. Williams, dean of the College
of Engineering. “NetJets’ support will lead to remarkable advances in the way goods, services and
people are transported from one point to another, and will enhance aviation scholarships.”

The center will provide students with greater opportunities to broaden their aviation education by
expanding the curriculum and creating research opportunities to work with the industry through
course projects, internships and future career positions. The local community will benefit through
more opportunities for flight training courses and facilities and outreach at the Ohio State
University Airport, which attracts thousands of visitors each year to learn more about aviation.
Aviation industry companies will benefit by gaining access to Ohio State, one of the largest
educational resources in the world, to help improve their businesses through research and hiring

Ohio State’s Center for Aviation Studies advisory committees will include representatives from
NetJets, the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Fisher College of
Business, as well as others with pertinent expertise within and outside the university.

Editors:For information about the Center for Aviation Studies or to arrange interviews with Seth
Young, contact Joan Wall, Ohio State College of Engineering communications, at wall.107@osu.edu or
(614) 292-4064.
For information about NetJets® Inc. or to arrange interviews with company representatives, contact
Elizabeth Wise, manager, media relations, NetJets, at ewise@netjets.com or (614) 849-7757.

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