Background

JCATI Fact Sheet

The Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) is a Washington legislature funded program for WA aerospace industry-university 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

JCATI prefers to fund Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4-7 technology challenges. These levels consist of component validation in laboratory or operational environment moving on to full system prototype testing. University laboratories 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.

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.

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 $8.9M in funding to 109 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. The 2019 symposium was held in Seattle with over 160 individuals representing both academia and industry. The meeting featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Sheehy, Chief Engineer, NASA, STMD. Other invited speakers included Roei Ganzarski (magniX), Bob Hess (BAE Systems), Peter Goldsmith (MTorres) and Karl Englund (Global Fiberglass Solutions). In addition to a JCATI-supported research poster show, there was a student 'elevator pitch' contest where students had 2 minutes to explain their JCATI project to the audience. On our video archive you can view the speakers along with previous JCATI awardees describing their project transitions.

The 2020 JCATI symposium will be held in Spokane on April 9, 2020 at the Historic Davenport Hotel.