Center of Excellence for Airport Technology (CEAT)

Established: 1995

Sponsor: Office of Airport and Aircraft Safety R&D Division

Areas of Focus: This Center initially focused on airport pavement issues. In 1999, the Center broadened its research to include airport safety components: wildlife hazard mitigation, anti-icing, and airport lighting and visual guidance.

Members: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Partners: O'Hare Modernization Program, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago Department of Aviation, Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Providence International Airport, Rhode Island Airport Corporation

Industry Affiliates: XSiGHT Systems, Geo-Marine Inc., Accipiter Systems, Trex Enterprises Corp. QinetiQ Group PLC, Stratech Systems, Ltd.


Fact Sheet: CEAT

Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research (CGAR)

Established: 2001

Sponsor: Aviation Research Division

Areas of Focus: This Center was established to specifically focus on those areas of aviation safety that apply to the General Aviation Community. Research projects have included the Effect of ADS-B on Near Mid-Air Collision Rates of General Aviation Aircraft, Remote Airport Lighting Systems (RALS), Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC), Safety Management Systems (SMS), Joint Training Standards Development -FAA Industry Standards Program, Human Factors in General Aviation, and Flight Data Monitoring (FDM).

Members: the University of Alaska – Anchorage, the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, the University of North Dakota, and Wichita State University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials (JAMS)

[The Center is a joint effort of the Center of Excellence for Composite and Advanced Materials (CECAM) and the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS)]

Established: 2004

Sponsor: Office of Airport and Aircraft Safety R&D Division

Areas of Focus: The main focus of this partnership is the research, engineering and development of information used to assure safety and standardize certification of existing and emerging structural applications of composites and advanced materials. Specifically, projects include the evaluation of past applications, performance of applied research and the development of standard engineering practices.

CECAM Members: Wichita State University (Lead), Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Delaware, University of California at Los Angeles, Tuskegee University

AMTAS Members: University of Washington (Lead), Washington State University, Oregon State University, Edmonds Community College, Florida International University, and University of Utah


Fact Sheet: JAMS

Center of Excellence for Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions Mitigation (PARTNER)

Established: September 2003

Sponsors: FAA Office of Environment and Energy, NASA Aeronautics, and Transport Canada

Areas of Focus: The Center of Excellence (COE) for Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions Mitigation (PARTNER) collaborates with its sponsors, FAA, NASA, DOD, and Transport Canada, and a broad range of stakeholders to enhance the understanding of aviation environmental issues, and foster a quieter and cleaner environment. In addition to its core sponsors, Center activities are supported by the Department of Transportation Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, the Department of Defense, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Members: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Lead), Boston University, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Stanford University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina, and York University

Affiliates: Cambridge University, University of California at San Diego, University of Houston, University of Reading, University of Sheffield.


Fact Sheet: PARTNER

Center of Excellence for Research in the Intermodal Transport Environment (RITE)

Established: August, 2004

Sponsor: FAA Aviation Safety Office of Aerospace Medicine

Areas of Focus: The COE conducts research that includes the entire spectrum from applied research through engineering development, prototyping, and testing within the scope of the airliner cabin environment. The scope of this research includes, but is not limited to: development of cabin air quality sensors and sensor systems to detect potential environmental contaminants; evaluation and definition of the distribution of chemical contaminants and infectious disease in airliner cabins; investigation of the health effects of potential contaminants and other aspects of airliner cabin environments.

Members: Auburn University, Boise State University, Kansas State University, Harvard University, Purdue University, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences


Fact Sheet: RITE

Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (CST)

Established: 2010

Sponsor: Office of Commercial Space Transportation

Areas of Focus: This Center was established to focus it's research on space traffic management and operations; space transportation operations, technologies and payload; human space flight; and space transportation industry viability.

Members: Florida Institute of Technology, Florida State University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico State University, Stanford University, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Florida, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Affiliate Member: McGill University


Fact Sheet: CST

Center of Excellence for the Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS)

Established: 2012

Sponsor: Aviation Research Division

Areas of Focus: The enhancement of general aviation safety, accessibility, and sustainability by partnering the FAA with a national network of world-class researchers, educators, and industry leaders.

Members: Purdue University (lead), Florida Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, Texas A&M University.

Affiliate Members: Arizona State University, Florida AMU, Kent State University, North Carolina AT&T, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Tufts University, University of Minnesota at Duluth, Western Michigan University

Public Partners: Battelle Memorial Institute, Cessna, Cirrus, Columbus Regioinal Airports, Embraer, Flight Safety Foundation, Fort Wayne Airport, GE Aviation, Guardian Mobility, Gulfstream, Harris Corporation, Iowa Departments of Transportation, Jet Aviva, NASA Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory, National Business Aviation Association, National Intercollegiate Flying Association, Nelson Consulting, NetJets, NextGen Aerosciences, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Piper, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, South Bend Airport, State of Florida, State of Georgia, State of Indiana, Take Flight Solutions, The Spectrum Group, Woopert