University of South Carolina, Boeing are research partners

Some Boeing employees are voting Thursday on unionization. (Source: WCSC)
Some Boeing employees are voting Thursday on unionization. (Source: WCSC)
Published: Aug. 6, 2015 at 10:33 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Boeing and the University of South Carolina are joining forces on advanced research projects expected to forge the next generation of aerospace technology and improve products for the aerospace giant.

University President Harris Pastides and Boeing Chief Technology Officer John Tracy made the announcement Thursday at the school's McNair Center for aerospace research in Columbia.

Boeing's investment is expected to amount to $5 million. It will provide funds for up to two dozen research projects, which are expected to improve Boeing products.

The projects will focus on such things as carbon fiber composite materials, finding improved techniques for fusing aircraft parts, and improving structures with automated manufacturing.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace firm. Its workers assemble the company's 787 Dreamliner aircraft at its facility in North Charleston.

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