Jul 24, 2017: The Georgia Institute of Technology, a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States launched a new facility funded by The Delta Air Lines Foundation.
The research facility will give Delta employees and students a space to work together to come up with ground-breaking manufacturing solutions.
“The AMPF will blaze the trail for aerospace and automotive industries for years to come and will play an important role in helping us continue to improve our operations,” said Gil West, Delta’s senior executive vice president and chief operating officer and Trustee of The Delta Air Lines Foundation, during the dedication ceremony.
The space gives a home to numerous large-scale machines used to create and test parts for aircraft and cars, including 3D printers and other digital manufacturing machinery, before they reach the commercial manufacturing floor. Delta and Georgia Tech plan to use the facility to develop next-generation aerospace technology.
Although the facility only recently opened, Georgia Tech students said they’ve already found the new space to be valuable.
“We can tell a big difference after moving into this facility – we’ve got a lot more room and tools to conduct our research projects,” said Graduate Research Assistant Roby Lynn.
However, the new learning and research space is just one part of Delta’s and the Delta Air Lines Foundation’s continually expanding partnership with Georgia Tech. In 2015, Delta invested $2 million in the institution to create its global innovation centre, The Hangar.
“We’re proud to be providing this gift to Georgia Tech and excited about the potential this partnership brings to advancing education in the aerospace and automotive manufacturing fields,” said Tad Hutcheson, Senior Vice President – The Delta Air Lines Foundation. “Georgia Tech always is on the cutting-edge of new technology and contributes to Atlanta in so many ways. We’re fortunate to have them in our hometown.”
Delta also views its partnership with Georgia Tech as a way to build strong customer relationships and a pipeline of talented employees. Georgia Tech students see a benefit in that as well: the chance to get real-world experience working with a global airline.
“This facility is the result of collaboration and partnership and will give our students the opportunity to work side-by-side with industry experts to come up with creative ways to solve problems,” said Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson. “It’s our hope that one day we’ll see products developed here down at the airport and on Delta aircraft.”