Reston, VA – Rolls-Royce has partnered with the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech to create the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS), a virtual research and technology center of excellence. This unique, public-private partnership goes beyond previous research agreements to create a framework in which the partners will tackle the technology challenges of today and tomorrow.
The vision for CCAPS is to build on the existing strengths of the university partners to create a research center that will advance the boundaries of propulsion systems. Under the guidance of Rolls-Royce as a world-class power systems provider, CCAPS will explore break-through concepts for creating more efficient and effective propulsion solutions.
CCAPS is part of a higher education partnership that will create nine new, endowed professorships at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech in engineering and related disciplines. Additionally, the parties will work together to define and develop curriculum at each partner school. The program will undertake specific research agreed by the partners, who will also exchange technical experts. This multi-dimensional approach will allow the partners to research the technology issues facing them today and, through teaching and curriculum development, to lay the groundwork for the technology issues of tomorrow. Ultimately, such proactive collaboration will deliver significant improvements to the partners’ technical capabilities.
CCAPS will be funded jointly by the partners with support from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Phil Burkholder, Chief Operating Officer, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc, and CCAPS Board member, said: “CCAPS represents the future of collaboration between industry and academia. It will play a central role in our global technology development strategy and will help make the Commonwealth of Virginia a world leader in technology innovation.”
"We are extremely pleased to work with Rolls-Royce, Virginia's Economic Development Partnership, and the University of Virginia on the development of a world-class research center in advanced propulsion. It is no small matter when one of the world's most successful and innovative companies brings a major engineering research center to the Commonwealth,” said Richard Benson, dean of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering.
"I speak for many Hokies in expressing our excitement at the opportunity to collaborate with Rolls-Royce and the University of Virginia at the forefront of research and education in aerospace propulsion systems, and I am grateful for the resources that the Commonwealth of Virginia has allocated for this endeavor. This partnership will have a substantial impact on engineering research and education in Virginia, and I believe the high quality of our academic programs will be of great benefit to this worldwide enterprise."
“I share the excitement and gratitude expressed by my colleague Dean Benson for our partnership and for the support of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are proud and enthusiastic about working through this center with Rolls-Royce and Virginia Tech on technology solutions that are of immediate importance to our society. This partnership will significantly enhance our academic programs and expand our research capabilities in ways that will have great impact on the UVA Engineering School, the University of Virginia and ultimately on the citizens of the Commonwealth,” said James H. Aylor, Dean of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science.