For Immediate Release

January 24, 2005
Contact: Holly Baker
Phone: (609)485-6253

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center has awarded a contract to Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J., to provide clinical project support on research and development projects, and to transfer technologies developed at the Technical Center to the commercial market.

The one-year contract has an additional one-year option.

"We are very excited about this partnership and the high quality of faculty and student expertise that Rowan offers," said Technical Center Director Anne Harlan. "This venture brings topnotch engineering and business students into the Technical Center's laboratories to work hand-in-hand with our scientists and engineers."

During the first year, students are working on a patented fire extinguisher expansion nozzle invented by Bob Filipczak, an FAA fire safety engineer. The unique nozzle produces a continuous gas-to-solid or gas-to-aerosol stream. This flow results in a more effective, efficient use of hand-held fire extinguishers on aircraft. The students are trying to re-prototype the nozzle using less expensive parts and procedures. They are also searching the marketplace to find broader uses for the nozzle with fire extinguishers used in other applications that don't necessarily involve aviation.

The Technical Center's partnership with Rowan University aligns with technology transfer legislation, as well as the President's mandated research and development initiatives to support technological innovation; strengthen science, mathematics and engineering education; and strengthen partnerships.

"We encourage all employees to use their creativity to discover and develop new technologies," said Harlan. "And, we want to share these opportunities and expose new technologies to students – our upcoming workforce." Harlan foresees a long and flourishing partnership between the Technical Center and Rowan University on this project and many future endeavors.