By Louis Ojeda Jr.
WACO - Baylor University and Texas State Technical College have received a $2.3 million grant from the federal government for aerospace engineering research.
The grant is a result of the 2011 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriation bill which passed on Tuesday.
Congressman Chet Edwards worked in securing the grant which provides advanced composite research for aerospace operations at L3 Communications in Waco.
"Supporting Baylor and TSTC aerospace researchers and their industry partners will help create jobs and promote economic growth in Central Texas while expanding quality technical undergraduate and graduate education in the Waco area," Edwards said. "This research opportunity provides excellent hands-on experience and training for Baylor students in a growth industry, and it was a privilege to work with Baylor and TSTC leaders on this important project."
About $800,000 will be used to support the Baylor Space Sciences Consortium research to design space satellite hardware.
In partnership, Baylor and TSTC will research and test the carbon fiber composite materials for aircraft at L3.
"This funding will provide the essential research personnel and equipment required to fully leverage Baylor's partnerships with Texas State Technical College and the University of Stuttgart to develop leading research and industry capabilities in space satellite hardware analysis and design," said Dr. Truell Hyde, Vice Provost for Research at Baylor.
An estimated 65 new jobs will directly benefit from the advance composite research. Baylor says 300 jobs will be created with the construction of the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaboration by 2012.
An additional 750 permanent jobs is expected to be created at Baylor, TSTC and other industries between 2012 and 2017.