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03-070
For Release: Octber 27, 2003

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
216/433-2406
katherine.martin@nasa.gov


Innovation Highlighted at the 2003 UEET Technology Forum

While there have been many gatherings to celebrate the past century of powered flight, this week the U.S. aerospace community will come together to discuss innovations that will improve airplane engines in the next century. The Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology (UEET) Forum, hosted by NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, will take place October 27-29 at the Holiday Inn, Westlake, Ohio.

Technology transfer is the focus of the Forum, with transfer into and out of UEET, as well as among UEET partners, as the objective. The Forum will bring together U.S. aerospace senior technologists, scientists, managers, and policy-makers to hear about and share their insight into their technology plans and accomplishments. Additionally, the conference will promote a high degree of technology interchange among participants and provide an exchange for customer and stakeholder input and feedback.

"This forum is important to our partners so we can benefit from each other's work in improving airplane engines of the future," stated Dr. Robert "Joe" Shaw, UEET Project Manager. Shaw also believes that, "UEET is a comprehensive effort that takes advantage of NASA personnel skills and facilities, will continue to raise the bar on technology development, and is an opportunity to make a difference to industry."

UEET provides revolutionary propulsion technologies resulting in U.S. industry leadership in future generation propulsion system design for a wide variety of aerospace vehicles. Session topics include: Highly Loaded Turbomachinery, Emissions Reduction, Materials and Structures for High Performance, Intelligent Propulsion Controls, Propulsion-Airframe Integration, System Studies/Demonstration, and Environmental Impact.

On October 30, immediately after the Technology Forum, two follow-on workshops will further explore the impact UEET research will have on future flight:

NASA's Atmospheric Impact of Aviation Workshop, which will provide current understanding of the aviation impact on climate change and local air quality issues.

The NASA/DoD/DoE/FAA Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance Workshop aims to establish and improve collaborative efforts among the Alliance participants and industry, leading to greater national alliance among the program participants and stakeholders, and more effective leveraging of program funding.

Started four years ago, UEET has already achieved success in attaining more than 70% Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions reduction from current commercial aircraft engine International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. This is a major accomplishment since today's planes fly at 30% below the ICAO standard.

While UEET is largely a NASA in-house effort, it is also an opportunity for eight corporate partners (five engine companies and three airframe companies) and academia, including Georgia Institute of Technology, to work with NASA in a meaningful partnership.

More information about UEET can be found at: http://www.ueet.nasa.gov

Note to Editors: Media interested in interviewing Forum participants should contact Katherine Martin at 216-433-2406.

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