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FAA Centers of Excellence

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) establishes partnerships with universities throughout the country to create Centers of Excellence (COEs) in aviation research. These Centers form multi-disciplinary teams with other government organizations and industry affiliates to coordinate research and development in areas of aviation technologies that are critical to the agency’s mission and long-term vision.

FAA Centers of Excellence provide a formal structure that facilitates research, education, training, and technology transfer through conferences, workshops, seminars, and technical reviews.

In December 2003, the FAA established the Joint Advanced Materials and Structures Center of Excellence (JAMS). The Center for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS), led by the University of Washington, is part of this new center. The other, the Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM), is led by Wichita State University.

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