Ohio Aerospace Institute

The Ohio Aerospace Institute strengthens the Ohio aerospace economy through research, technology, education, and networking. It is a private, nonprofit organization. The organization has two locations. The headquarters is located in Cleveland, Ohio near the NASA Glenn Research Center. The southern Ohio location is in Dayton, Ohio adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the US Air Force.


The organization was founded in 1989 as a 501(c3) nonprofit. The Ohio Aerospace Institute was the first collaborative effort between NASA, state and federal government organizations, aerospace companies, and universities. One of the goals of the organization is to continue Ohio’s leadership position in aerospace. The Institute generated early funding from federal and state grants in addition to research awards.


The Board of the Institute represents multiple areas of aerospace in Ohio. Members from academia are from one of ten universities, including Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University. Aerospace companies are represented from Ohio based aircraft components manufacturers, research companies, or aviation services companies. Government agents can come from multiple agencies, such as Ohio Department of Development.

Aerospace Education & Research

One of the main goals of the Ohio Aerospace Institute is preparing pools of aerospace workers. The Institute works with state universities and schools to achieve this. They assist in aerospace internships, scholarships, and fellowships. Continuing education is offered at the throughout the year in the form of classes, seminars, and conferences. Topics range from aircraft cabin safety and interior crashworthiness to additive manufacturing. Educators are offered opportunities to host or participate in many of these events.

Research Areas

OAI Membership

Membership is available to individuals and companies. Membership educational events include lunch & learns, speaker series, targeted training, topical symposia, and access to the Annual Aerospace Summit. Members can participate in networking events and peruse member profiles.

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