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UW students, Boeing engineers take on real-world projects

Monday, January 19, 2015
Seattle P-I
 Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner cuts the ribbon during the opening of the new Boeing Advanced Research Center at the University of Washington Monday, January 19, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the BARC will allow students and faculty to work collaboratively with Boeing engineers on aircraft and spacecraft assembly and manufacturing. Four initial projects focusing on automation, robotics, and aircraft assembly are underway at the n

Studying engineering can feel divorced from the real world, according to Benjamin Janicki, a graduate student of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington.

So, what's cool about a new Boeing-UW engineering research lab is that it allows students to pursue academic and theoretical goals "at an industry pace, which is faster, and with real-world applications," Janicki said Monday, at the opening of the Boeing Advanced Research Center.