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Boeing Advanced Research Center

The Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC) represents a new paradigm in the execution of industrial research at the University of Washington. Boeing-employed affiliate instructors work in the lab side by side with faculty and students on joint research projects in the manufacturing and assembly of aircraft and spacecraft structures. BARC is housed in the Mechanical Engineering Department but faculty and students from many Departments in the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences collaborate in the research. Our goal is to foster:

  • collaborative basic and applied research
  • translational research and development
  • student education-related activities

Coming soon: Some exciting upgrades for BARC are underway. Please stay tuned...

Discover BARC

Upcoming Events   

BARC Seminar Series   

The BARC seminar series brings top Boeing Researchers to give talks at UW, and UW Faculty give talks at Boeing. The seminars in UW are attended by faculty and students from the College of Engineering. Boeing speakers discuss the engineering issues in their topic of expertise and provide insights into what helped then succeed in their careers UW speakers present at the Boeing Distinguished Researcher/Scholar Seminar (B-DRASS) Series at Boeing, which is the Technical Discussion Forum (TDF) at Boeing.

  • Sayata Ghose , Associate Technical Fellow - Composites Fabrication, January 26, 2021
  • Robert McIntosh , Director of Product Safety and Air Safety Investigation, June 7, 2021
  • Jill E. Seebergh , Boeing Senior Technical Fellow, November 23, 2021

Abstracts and Speaker Bios of Previous Seminars


Example BARC projects   Learn More

Students work with Boeing engineers and faculty finding ways to make airplane assembly and manufacturing more efficient, automated and streamlined. Areas include machine learning, 3D printing techniques, designing lift devices or robot control interfaces.



Application process for graduate and undergraduates for BARC projects is at Application


Mechatronics project-based MS    Learn More


Earn a project-based Master of Science through the BARC Mechatronics research projects. Experience the design process in a team and gain significant practice in mechatronics development.


Recent News   All News


Recent News

2022 BARC Graduate Student Presentation

Graduate Students in the Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC) presented their research to Boeing Executives. In addition to... Read More

Tow-End Recognition

BARC research has won the Best of BTEC award for three consecutive years at the... Read More

M-Leap Project
06/17/2019 - Clean Energy Funds

The Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC) has received $1.2 million from the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Energy Research... Read More