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MIE SBIR Tech Expertise Program


Are You a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Awardee in Ohio or Wisconsin with a Technical Challenge?

Who is sponsoring this technical challenge?

Spearheaded by Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and Milwaukee 7 (M7) Economic Development Partnership, we are introducing a pilot program as part of the Midwest Innovation Exchange (MIE) Project called MIE SBIR Tech Expertise Sessions.  This pilot project will provide a new, collaborative approach for national laboratories and small businesses to bridge the Phase II to Phase III SBIR commercialization gap(s) and accelerate small businesses innovation.

What will I gain?

If your company is accepted into our […]

MIE SBIR Tech Expertise Program2019-08-06T13:57:11-05:00

What’s upcoming for OAI in 2019?


OAI is excited about the year ahead and hope to see many new faces join us as we make our way through 2019 and beyond.  There are many interesting programs this year so we put a list together to give a summary of what you can expect!  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Holizna at  Thank you!

Download PDF – OAI Programs for 2019


What’s upcoming for OAI in 2019?2019-02-05T12:21:24-05:00

What’s the Future of the Aerospace Industry in the Birthplace of Aviation?


Ohio is the birthplace of air and space pioneers like the Wright brothers, Neil Armstrong and John Glenn.  But has the aerospace industry really taken off in the birthplace of aviation?  In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets the new OAI CEO, John Sankovich, who’s helping map out the state’s aviation future.

Learn more here!

What’s the Future of the Aerospace Industry in the Birthplace of Aviation?2018-11-26T11:32:09-05:00

OAI Job Posting – Director of Business Development


OAI seeks a seasoned aerospace professional to lead our Business Development activities from our Dayton, Ohio office near the Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  The Director of Business Development will be responsible for all phases of the BD and capture process, including establishing and maintaining client relationships with the Air Force, NASA, and other agencies and companies; marketing OAI’s product offerings and capabilities to potential customers; scouting, identifying, and qualifying opportunities for alignment with OAI strategic growth goals; developing and executing successful pursuit of opportunities, including all phases of the proposal process and negotiating teaming arrangements to maximize wins.  The successful […]

OAI Job Posting – Director of Business Development2018-10-25T11:36:59-05:00

OAI Names Dr. John M. Sankovic as President and CEO


OAI’s board of trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. John Sankovic as president and CEO effective September 24. When he takes the helm, Sankovic plans to prioritize fostering partnerships and driving research from university laboratories to Ohio’s industrial aerospace manufacturers.

Learn more about OAI’s new leader.

OAI Names Dr. John M. Sankovic as President and CEO2018-09-05T09:18:08-05:00

Biocene 2018 – Success!


August 14– 17 marked the 3rd Annual Biomimicry Summit, Biocene 2018, hosted by OAI, NASA and Great Lakes Biomimicry. With great success, the four day event included guest speakers, presentations, activities, a NASA GRC tour, networking, live animals, and much more. Biomimicry is the study of nature by way of design and relating it to innovation and technology. Velcro, Japan’s Bullet Train, and the Wright brothers wing design for flight; all stemmed from the study of plants and animals.

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Biocene 2018 – Success!2018-08-31T14:11:14-05:00

OAI Awarded $778,000


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) announced on October 3, 2017 that a $778,352 Economic Development Administration was awarded to the Ohio Aerospace Institute. This award will help establish a partnership with other funds going to partners in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to focus on developing innovative, new technology in aerospace and water resources.

For more information, click here.

OAI Awarded $778,0002018-08-30T16:07:16-05:00