Intelligent Air & Space Vehicle Energy Systems

University of Cincinnati




The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science has been a leader for 80 years in the development of new technologies to support the aerospace industry through its establishment of the nation's second oldest program in aerospace engineering in 1929. The program is currently home to two Ohio Eminent Scholars, a unique distinction in the state of Ohio. UC is widely recognized as a world leader in education and research in the areas of propulsion systems design, advanced composite materials and coating development, and intelligent systems engineering. Through its cutting-edge research, the Center of Excellence in Intelligent Air & Space Vehicle Energy Systems has helped define the challenges and solutions for producing the next generation of air and space vehicles. This technical acumen is evidenced by over $100 million in external funding since 2004.

Driving Economic Advancement

The center has contributed to Ohio's industrial and economic priorities through highly-skilled workforce development and state-of-the-art research. UC's ability to form strong partnerships with the high concentration of leading industrial companies and federal laboratories in Ohio helps to support and guide both research and educational efforts dealing with future promising technology developments, and on moving promising nascent technologies into commercialization. With GE Aviation, Wright-Patterson AFB, and the myriad of associated high-tech industries in UC's backyard, the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor has led the world in advances in aviation for nearly 100 years and has bragging rights as one of the nation's greatest concentrations of aerospace-related engineering expertise.


  • Several UC program areas were benchmarked as international research leaders during the recent Ohio Research Scholars Program competition including: aeroacoustics; erosion and multi-phase flow in turbomachinery; non-destructive evaluation (NDE); prognosis and life management of propulsion systems; combustion research; turbomachinery aerodynamics and heat transfer


  • Expand R&D efforts in power and propulsion vehicle integration to make Ohio the international leader
  • Support and strengthen the Ohio aerospace industry and provide the needed highly-skilled workforce
  • Encourage technology transfer and the establishment of small business development emanating from R&D efforts
  • Strengthen cross-disciplinary research cluster for cooperative air and space transportation systems
  • Make UC the destination for engineering education in advanced energy optimization and development
  • Meet future challenges of increasing environmental constraints and decreasing carbon prints


  • Total research expenditures: over $100M since 2004
  • Graduates placed in their fi elds in the state: over 360 out of 3500 since 2004
  • Start-up companies: 7 since 2004
  • License income: $618k since 2004