Spirit AeroSystems and WSU announce new collaboration

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Students at Wichita State University will soon learn right alongside employees of one of the area's largest companies, Spirit AeroSystems.

In their newest collaboration, Spirit AeroSystems will operate out of a facility right on WSU's campus.

"To ensure that your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, if they want to be here in Wichita, can have a bright future. With our partnership, it is a wonderful day to be a shocker," said WSU President John Bardo.

Citing the importance of experiential learning, Wichita State University and Spirit AeroSystems announced their next big project.

"It builds upon a legacy we've had for a long time," said Tom Gentile, Spirit AeroSystems President/CEO.

Spirit will lease space in a building on WSU's Innovation Campus, putting about 30 of its current employees right alongside possible future ones.

"It's been a great collaboration with WSU. We've had over 250 engineers that came from WSU to Spirit. Practically every one of our senior level engineers came from WSU," added Gentile.

One of those engineers was there for Thursday's announcement, sharing his own experience with applied learning, which landed him on a project at Spirit while he was still a student.

"This was a chance for all the students selected to improve and hone our critical thinking skills as engineers," said Trevor Steinbrock, who's now a structural design engineer at Spirit.

Now students, like Steinbrock was a year ago, will work with Spirit on campus, in areas of research and development, design and manufacturing, and more.

"The fact that we'll have an on-campus facility for students to be able to be a part of is just going to make it that much easier to do that," said Steinbrock.

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