Airbus and Dassault Systèmes Commemorate Site Openings at Wichita State University

Grand opening events for Airbus and Dassault Systemes sites at Wichita State University were held Thursday, April 27, commemorating the official residency of the global corporations on Wichita State's Innovation Campus development.

"This is the beginning of a new era at Wichita State University - an opportunity for students to work alongside experienced professionals, gaining knowledge about the tools and processes used by industry," said WSU President John Bardo. "We see these partnerships as a model for future partnerships in areas such as business, education, health professions, arts and sciences."

"Higher education institutions like Wichita State University play an absolutely critical role in economic development," said Dennis Alvord, deputy assistant secretary for regional affairs for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). "EDA is proud of our strong partnership with WSU; a partnership that has led to $10 million in EDA investment to help establish the impressive Innovation Campus that today is attracting world-class companies to the region and playing a critical role in training the next generation of workers to compete for advanced manufacturing and other in-demand jobs." 

As WSU Innovation Campus partners, Airbus Engineering and Dassault Systèmes have access to campus support infrastructure, including research labs, meeting facilities, education / training opportunities and boundless collaboration with faculty, staff, students and business entities on campus.

These advantages were key to the decision to move the Airbus Americas Wichita Engineering Center to WSU's Innovation Campus in early 2017. Airbus' 2-story, 90,000-square-foot building houses 300 employees working on all Airbus commercial aircraft products, including significant design work on the next-generation A350 XWB.

Airbus also collaborates with Wichita State to take full advantage of the university's applied learning model, which engages students in real-world engineering projects, helps develop critical engineering skills, and provides students with experience, while also boosting Airbus' competitiveness.

"Wichita's talent pool of aerospace and aviation experts is among the richest in the world," said John O'Leary, vice president-Airbus Americas Engineering. "The aviation expertise here is recognized within Airbus and around the world. The Innovation Campus is only going to help Wichita's expertise grow."

Since its inception, Airbus has played a pioneering role in the international air transport industry's evolution. This trend will continue over the coming decades, as Airbus leverages innovative solutions to accelerate the application of new ideas and technologies to improve the economic efficiency and environmental performance of commercial aviation.

Dassault Systèmes will engage the technology and staff in the new 3DEXPERIENCE Center to advance the use of new technologies such as additive manufacturing, that will shape the future of the manufacturing industry.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Center, a unique partnership between Wichita State's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and Dassault Systèmes, first announced in 2015, brings together students, researchers and industry, using the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform and industry solution experiences to enable 3D advanced product development, virtual simulation and next generation manufacturing.

"Our partnership with Wichita State University is a model for how public institutions and businesses can work together for the advancement of new technologies," said Michel Tellier, vice president, aerospace and defense industry, Dassault Systèmes. "Our new 3DEXPERIENCE Center is going to help businesses solve today's problems while training the workforce of tomorrow. The advanced manufacturing techniques, new materials research and 3D simulation innovations that are unveiled in this new facility will have an immediate impact on the aerospace industry, and will also be applicable to countless other industries across the world."

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