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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base is pleased to announce the creation of a joint research center with UCLA, the Collaborative Center for Aerospace Sciences (CCAS).  This multi/transdisciplinary collaborative research center is focused on the pursuit of fundamental and applied basic studies relevant to aerospace systems.  Research projects in CCAS broadly span the computational and experimental arenas, and are conducted at UCLA as well as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RQR) at Edwards Air Force Base, located approximately 130 miles northeast of the UCLA campus. UCLA faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers collaborate extensively with AFRL scientists and engineers, working on high-impact problems to advance US capabilities in aerospace systems.  More information on CCAS may be found at its website: http://ccas.seas.ucla.edu/index.html.

“We’re delighted to partner with our colleagues at AFRL in creating a center that formalizes research collaborations that have been ongoing for a number of years now”, said CCAS’ Director, Prof. Ann Karagozian of UCLA’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.  Added Dr. Steve Rodgers, Division Science Advisor for AFRL/RQR: “We are optimistic that this Center will serve as a mechanism for further advancing aerospace sciences, enabling UCLA faculty from a range of technical disciplines to collaborate with AFRL research scientists in advancing the state-of-the-art.”

An AFRL-UCLA Basic Research Review meeting, in connection with the launch of CCAS, will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at UCLA’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM).  This review meeting is open to the public.  An agenda for the event may be found HERE, while directions and information on parking may be found at the IPAM website.