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A note from leadership: Buckeye Aviation Today newsletter updates


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Thank you to everyone who has extended a warm Buckeye welcome during my first few months as director of the Aerospace Research Center. An alumnus of this program, it’s a distinct pleasure to now serve in the dual role of faculty member and leader. My gratitude goes to Assistant Director Jim Lawson, who acted as interim director for three years.

Our team has both broad and deep knowledge, and I continue to be impressed by the impacts we’re making across the aerospace and air transportation fields. To further expand our reach, experts from many of our 10 labs will coalesce to launch a new hypersonics research thrust over the coming months, joining our existing three pillars.

Momentum from last year is carrying us into 2024. You may have enjoyed recent coverage of our drone lab in the Ohio State Alumni Magazine, on the Now at Ohio State podcast and featured on the university home page. For more updates such as these – including our recent testimony to Ohio’s Aviation and Aerospace Committee – follow our LinkedIn page.

But, we’re not the only ones making headlines. I invite you to also read about the successes of the Center for Aviation Studies and The Ohio State University Airport in this quarter’s Buckeye Aviation Today.

From all of us at the Air Transportation & Aerospace Campus, Happy New Year!

Jesse Little
Aerospace Research Center