Carleton University Partners with National Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation

Carleton University announced Friday it is partnering in a new Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC). The national organization will incorporate the fundamentals of the collaborative research approach that has marked the success of longstanding Quebec group Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ). This inclusive platform will build on a collaboration perfectly suited to the Canadian aerospace arena – for the industry itself, government, universities, research centres and colleges. The initiative will take open innovation in aerospace research to a new level and allow stakeholders to set common priorities across the country.

“Carleton University is a proud partner of CARIC as we know that it will play an important role in fostering collaboration and innovation in the field of aerospace,” said Kim Matheson, vice-president (Research and International) at Carleton University. “Researchers at Carleton University are at the forefront of research and technology that will contribute to the global competitiveness of the Canadian aerospace industry.”

The foundation of CARIC was laid when the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, expressed his support for the establishment of a national collaborative aerospace network in response to the recommendations of the Emerson report in December 2013. CRIAQ responded by joining with academic and industrial players, along with the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), to foster the participation of the entire Canadian aerospace community.

The announcement was made at CRIAQ’s seventh Research Forum, which doubled as CARIC’s first National Network Forum. The forum brought together more than 1,000 stakeholders from Quebec, Canada and other countries. The event is a vehicle for applying the open innovation process, offering a unique networking opportunity for aerospace industry leaders, university researchers and world-renowned research centres.

Carleton is a leader in aerospace engineering. The CarletonAerospace research unit, with 28 faculty members and more than 80 research students, is one of the largest academic aerospace research centres in Canada with a wide range of research facilities. The unit is a renowned leader in rotorcraft and aeroelasticity, aerospace materials, gas turbine aerodynamics, space systems, aircraft design and more. In 1988, Carleton was the first university in Canada to introduce a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering program. It currently operates one of the largest undergraduate aerospace programs in Canada, as well as one of the largest graduate aerospace programs in the country.

About CRIAQ:
The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 with the Government of Quebec’s financial support. CRIAQ’s mission is to increase the competitiveness of the aerospace industry and broaden the sector’s collective knowledge base through the enhanced education of students.

About Carleton University:
Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 25,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.

Media Inquiries:
Chris Cline
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 1391

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