Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) was founded in 1989. Our mission is to enhance our partners’ aerospace competitiveness through research and technology development, workforce preparedness, and engagement with global networks for innovation and advocacy. Today, OAI has approximately 80 employees and over $16M in annual revenue. Organization
OAI is a joint initiative of the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the State of Ohio, ten Ohio public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in aerospace-related engineering disciplines, and numerous companies engaged in aerospace activities. OAI is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit organization. We are funded by a variety of sources, including grants and contracts with the federal government and contracted services for industry. We are one of the earliest examples of a collaborative university/industry/government institute supported in part by NASA. To date, we have managed more than $206 million in funds, and more than 250 federal awards. We have engaged in collaboration with more than 100 industry, university, and government organizations. Organizational Teams
OAI is led by Michael L. Heil, President and CEO. OAI has three organizational teams. The Research and Educational Programs Team, led by Vice President Ann Heyward, carries out sponsored research projects in a broad range of disciplines and also provides a variety of education and training programs designed to build a strong aerospace workforce in Ohio now and in the future. The Technology and Innovation Partnerships Team, led by Vice President Donald Majcher, forms collaborative partnerships with industry, universities, and government agencies for research and technology development, provides a variety of technology commercialization and development services, and creates networking and information exchange opportunities. The Operations and Finance Team, led by Tony Smith, Sr., is responsible for all OAI contract management services, accounting and finance, human resources, corporate communications, information technology and the OAI facility. OAI’s Board of Trustees is composed of representatives of our member universities, our industry partners, and liaison (non-voting) representatives of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the NASA Glenn Research Center.
OAI and our partners engage in research and collaborative efforts that lead to innovative and cutting-edge technological solutions to complex aerospace problems. OAI also provides education and training services that support the dynamic educational needs of the aerospace economy. We encourage the local and national media as well as the international community to visit our website for the latest developments regarding our work.
The files below provide comprehensive information about the initiatives of OAI and our partners and highlight some of our collective accomplishments.
For additional information or questions, please contact Tony H. Smith, Sr., Vice President Finance and Operations, at 440.962.3010 or TonySmith@oai.org.