Dr. Louis Cattafesta, Director of FCAAP


Dr. Louis Cattafesta

The Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP) was recently formed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving and highly competitive aerospace industry. The Center objectives are to help train and sustain the much needed, highly skilled workforce; to design and develop new technologies and products required to help sustain the Aerospace industry; and to transition the technology to applications in a timely and efficient manner. The Center was launched with nearly $15 million in seed funding by the State of Florida. These funds will be used to maximize the use of, and add to, our resources and will create a state and nationwide technology and resource team in the highly competitive and innovation-driven aerospace market. The Center leverages the seed funds and the extensive existing resources (nearly $70 million) of its partners both in terms of infrastructure and a team of highly experienced, internationally recognized scientists, researchers, and engineers. The center’s interdisciplinary team covers a broad range of areas related to aeronautics, aerospace, propulsion and space sciences. FCAAP will be a technical incubator and will facilitate rapid transfer of knowledge and technologies to applications and products through partnerships with aerospace industry, government, and other stakeholders.

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