Background

JCATI Fact Sheet

The Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) is a Washington legislature funded program for WA aerospace industry-university College of Engineering collaborations to move innovative technologies into production.  JCATI resources are available to all public Washington State four-year institutions of higher education and  is enacted by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 28B.155.010. In 2020, the legislature reauthorized JCATI under SSB 6139 with a new sunset date of July 1, 2030.

JCATI prefers to fund Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4-7 technology challenges. These levels, also known as the "Valley of Death," consist of component validation in laboratory or operational environment moving on to full system prototype testing. JCATI provides a place for industry to test technology ideas by leveraging academic expertise. University engineering faculty receive funding to work on their industry partner's challenges which ensures that company production levels are unaffected. The goal is a transition of the technology from academia to industry within 1-2 years (often much sooner).

Aerospace companies of all sizes and expertise have benefitted from JCATI collaborations including Echodyne, Zodiac Aerospace, Global Fiberglass Solutions, Robodub, Esterline, Systima, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Boeing. Potential technology collaborations are submitted in March, undergo a review process and begin on July 1. For details on the funding process, visit our funding page.

The JCATI program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all project participants. We envision JCATI projects as opportunities to become part of the aerospace field regardless of race, ethnicity and gender identity. A diverse aerospace workforce enhances collaboration and the creation of new ideas for the aerospace industry, our universities, and Washington State. 

Board of Directors

The JCATI Board of Directors consists of nine members appointed by the governor, including a nonvoting chair.  Of the eight voting members, one member represent small aerospace firms, one member represent medium-sized firms, one member represent large aerospace firms, one member represent labor, two members represent aerospace industry associations, and two members represent higher education. Board member terms are staggered.  The Board has met regularly since December 2012.

Annual Symposium

Since 2012, JCATI has provided over $12.8 M in funding to 153 projects in areas such as composites, biofuels, space, commercial flight and manufacturing. This JCATI supported research is highlighted at its annual  symposium held every April. Our video archive features previous symposium speakers along with JCATI awardees describing their project transitions.

The 2022 JCATI symposium will be held virtually on April 7, 2022.