News and Announcements

  • Dr. Bin Yang, Associate Professor of Biological Systems Engineering at WSU was a featured panelist at the National Advanced Biofuel Conference & Expo held on June 21-22 in Milwaukee. Dr. Yang's research focuses on renewable energy technologies and he received JCATI funding in 2016-16 for "Catalytic Upgrading of Biomass-Derived Lignin to New BioJet Fuel and it's Qualification and Performance Testing."

    Date: Wed, 09/14/2016
  • Two JCATI awardees were featured speakers at the Pacific Northwest AIAA Technical Symposium. Dr. Jacob Leachman described the liquid hydrogen powered flight of Insitu's Scan Eagle while Dr. Kristi Morgansen discussed her work on "Integrated Sensing and Actuation for Biological and Engineered Aerospace Systems." 

    Date: Mon, 11/02/2015
  • Date: Mon, 04/20/2015
  • JCATI is collaborating with the U.K.'s National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP), a £40M program focused on strengthening aerospace technology development and job creation. Washington Governor Jay Inslee and U.K. Secretary of State Michael Fallon signed a pact between the two groups at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show.

    Both JCATI and NATEP are identifying emerging technologies and accelerating their development through funding and in-kind industry support. The next step is to identify a cooperative project between JCATI and NATEP to help open new markets for aerospace companies. For more information, visit NATEP's web page. If you are interested in a collaboration please contact

    Date: Mon, 10/06/2014
  • Dr. Michael Kessler and Dr. Jinwen Zhang, both from the WSU Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department, were part of a research team featured in the Daily Evergreen. Their work focuses on creating a renewable carbon fiber from sugar from agricultural feedstock. Dr. Kessler and Dr. Zhang both received JCATI funding for 2015-16 and 2016-17. 

  • Professors Mitsuro Kurosaka and Carl Knowlen were part of a UW research team mentioned in the December issue of AIAA Aerospace America: 2016 Year in Review. The team demonstrated success in colntrolling the spin direction of a RDE detonation wave. Dr. Kurosaka was a 2014-15 JCATI awardee and Dr. Knowlen received JCATI funds in 2014-15 and 2016-17. 

  • Dr. Bin Yang, WSU Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, was highlighted in the December issue of Biofuels Digest. Dr. Yang, a 2015-16 JCATI awardee, and his team are working on recovering lignin from biomass and converting it to jet fuel. 

  • Claire Watts presented "2D and 3D millimeter-wave synthetic aperture radar imaging on a PR2 platform" at the 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots & Systems. Her work is part of Matt Reynolds current JCATI funded project "Reconfigurable airborne radar imaging with dynamic metamaterial antennas."

  • Dr. JK Yang and his group recently published "Visualization of stress wave propogation via air-coupled acoustic emission sensors" in the Journal of Smart Materials & Structures. This work has also been presented at both the SEM and ASME-IMECE conferences. Dr. Yang is from the UW Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and is a JCATI awardee for 2015-16 and 2016-17. 

  • Dr. Christopher Lum and his group recently published two papers based on JCATI funded projects: "UAS Postion Estimation in GPS-Degraded Environments via ADS-B and Multilateral Fusion" and "A Database System Architecture for Air-to-Ground UAS Link Characterization". Dr. Lum is an Assistant Research Professor in the UW William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and was awarded JCATI funding for UAV projects in 2013-14 and 2015-16.