U. Va., Virginia Tech join Rolls-Royce University Technology Centers network

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Two Virginia colleges have joined Rolls-Royce’s University Technology Centers (UTC) network.

U. Va.’s UTC will focus on the study of advanced material systems, flow modelling and other fields. Virginia Tech’s UTC will specialize in the study of advanced systems diagnostics, flow modelling, power electronics and other subjects.

“Rolls-Royce is one of the world’s most successful and innovative companies,and we are very excited that it has selected the campuses of Virginia Tech and University of Virginia to award its second and third University Technology Centers in the U.S,” Richard Benson, dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering said in a statement.

Together with Rolls-Royce, the universities form the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS) and are founding members of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).
According to Rolls-Royce’s website, other universities in the network include West Lafayette, Ind.-based Purdue University, The University of Manchester in England and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Rolls-Royce North America is based in Reston. The company also has a 1,000-acre campus in Prince George County where it has a jet engine components factory.

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