ERAU CAAL Will Collect And Analyze U.S., International
The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade
Administration (ITA) and the Center for Aviation and Aerospace
Leadership (CAAL) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's
Worldwide Campus signed an agreement Thursday to promote the
competitiveness of the U.S. aerospace manufacturing industry.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Aerospace Team within
ITA's Manufacturing and Services unit will work with CAAL to
collect, analyze, report, and distribute information about the U.S.
and international aerospace industry. This relationship will enable
collaboration on activities including organizing industry outreach
events, sharing industry data, and including ITA reports in
Embry-Riddle's Worldwide Campus curriculum.
"It is great to see the government and academia working together
to promote American manufacturing during a time in which we are
looking to aerospace manufacturers to lead the way on innovation,
exports, and job creation," said Dr. Robert Materna, Director of
Embry-Riddle is a natural partner for ITA because both
organizations share the same vision for the industry.
"The President has called on us to double U.S. exports and
this agreement will help us increase the performance of U.S.
aerospace companies," said ITA's Assistant Secretary for
Manufacturing and Services, Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale. "I am particularly
pleased that we can do this during National Aerospace Week, which
highlights the very significant contribution of U.S. aerospace to
the nation's security and economic growth."
The agreement between ITA and Embry-Riddle supports both the
President's National Export Initiative, which aims to double
exports within five years and support two million jobs, and ITA's
Manufacture America Program, a series of conferences designed to
help American manufacturers rethink, retool, and rebuild their
operations through exploring new products, markets, processes, and
sources of finance.
The agreement also supports this week's observance of National
Aerospace Week, which is being organized by the Aerospace
Industries Association and celebrates the contribution of aerospace
manufacturing to America's national and economic security.
"The ITA/Embry-Riddle partnership will also help provide
small-to-medium sized aerospace manufacturers with the resources
they need to be more competitive in today's global market," said
retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Mansfield, an aerospace
executive at CAAL. "It is important to remember that these
manufacturers play a key role in the U.S. aerospace industry."