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 KimHolizna@oai.org. Thank you!
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.
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 candidate will have a demonstrated track record of contract wins of $10M+ per award. The position reports to the Executive Vice President, OAI.
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.
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.
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.