Background

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 funding focuses on 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 2018 symposium was held in Spokane with over 110 individuals representing both academia and industry in attendance. The meeting featured a keynote presentation by David Steitz, NASA Acting Deputy Chief Technologist. Other invited speakers included James Del Pinto (Zodiac Aerospace), Mark Simon (Exotic Metals Forming Company), Jean-Michel Hillion (Safran & CFM), Dr. Dragos Margineantu (Boeing), JD Claridge (xCraft) and Mark Russell (EnergeticX). 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.

The 2019 symposium will be hosted by the University of Washington on April 11, 2019 at the Husky Union Building.