Thursday, August 1, 2013

R&D maximizes opportunities

MOBILE, Ala. – The chief technology officer from aerospace giant EADS told an audience that cybersecurity, alternative fuels and aerodynamics are key research and development areas for the company. And EADS, which is changing its name to the Airbus Group, wants to develop partnerships with the University of South Alabama and others to develop those areas in the coming decades. Jean Botti was a speaker at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Advisors and Directors Summer Meeting. "We need to bring research into (the mix) to maximize opportunities with Alabama," Botti told the capacity crowd. EADS has more than 350 global partnerships that have led to products needed by the aerospace company. Earlier, Botti toured USA facilities, including the College of Engineering and School of Computing. Airbus is building a $600 million final assembly line at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex. (Source:, 07/31/13)